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(Photo – lubbockonline.com)   PG Josh Gray, now at Odessa (TX) JC has had a career with many twists and turns, and he’s only a sophomore.  Gray was a 3-star prospect who held offers from Baylor, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.  He started out his college basketball career at Texas Tech, where in his freshman season averaged 9 points and led the Red Raiders in steals and assists.  When Tubby Smith was hired, he decided to go the JUCO route to re-evaluate his options.  He thought he knew...Continue reading »

(Photo – AP)   In what could be one of the craziest – and most incredible – turnarounds in college basketball history, Louisville senior guard Russ Smith has been named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press. Smith, who came to the program as a lightly recruited, out-of-control (well, some things never totally change) two-star prospect, has worked tirelessly to improve his game over the years and he’s starting to get the national recognition. While Louisville head coach Rick Pitino certainly deserves...Continue reading »

(Photo – AP/ Damen Jackson)   Per Kyle Neddenriep of The Indy Star, Indianapolis Tech star power forward Trey Lyles will make his college announcement tomorrow at 12:50 p.m. from his school. Lyles (6’9, 215 lbs) will make his decision between Louisville and Kentucky and is a unanimous 5-star recruit according to every major scouting service. At this point, most analysts believe he’s Kentucky’s to lose, but the Cards have plenty of frontcourt space available next year and he would likely slide in for Montrezl Harrell...Continue reading »

Photo – baltimoresun.com LSL recently caught up with SVT and got the latest on his preparations for the upcoming season. LSL: What did you do this offseason to get ready for this year? SVT: Since my knee was healthy from last year, I have been able to run and condition and do all the things to get my body ready for the year.  I feel healthier than ever and have been working offensively on facing up because that’s what Coach P wants all the 4s and 5s to do this year.  So I’ve been trying to get better around the basket. LSL:...Continue reading »

(Photo – US Presswire)   The list of websites rolling our their college basketball top-25 countdowns continues this morning as USA Today jumps in the fold and ranks the Cards #5 overall. The piece mentions Louisville’s historic run to the National Championship last year, calls the suspension of Chane Behanan one of the major question marks, notes Chris Jones as the x-factor and pegs Russ Smith as the team’s star. Personally, I suppose I’m ok with the ranking (given that preseason polls really don’t mean a...Continue reading »

(Photo – USA Today)   On March 31st of this year in an Elite Eight game against Duke, Louisville combo guard Kevin Ware suffered a gruesome, compound fracture and was carted off the court on a stretcher in front of thousands of gasping fans. Amazingly, just 7 months later, he’s back to 100% health and is expected to make his debut this coming Saturday when the Cards open their season against College of Charleston. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Ware went through his first full-contact practice yesterday and will definitely...Continue reading »

Photo – AP We’ve heard it before and it’s certainly something that we as Cards fans can be proud of.  Being the richest college basketball program in the nation means that Louisville basketball is a serious-and successful-business.  It means that that the program plays in top-notch facilities.  It means the fanbase is very generous.  It means that with the 2013 NCAA Championship in hand that the program has come full circle.  When you look at the numbers, UofL’s revenue is more dominant than Pitino’s Cardinals...Continue reading »

Louisville senior guard Russ Smith thought about punching his ticket to the NBA draft last spring. In three years at Louisville, Smith has become one of college basketball’s top players after being underrated throughout his high school career, having appeared in the final four twice and winning the 2013 NCAA championship in April. Looking at everything Smith has done in college, there would have been no reason to blame him if he had decided to forgo his final year of eligibility. However, Smith wasn’t getting the feedback he was...Continue reading »

On this episode, LSL brings on insidetheville.com publisher Mike Hughes to get a basketball recruiting update as well a preview of the upcoming season.  We also dissect UofL football’s playing calling and the Michael Dyer situation. With Mike: -Preview of the season ahead -What the lineup will look like when Behanan returns -The two new names on Pitino’s recruiting radar and their commitment timetable -A huge nugget that would help UofL land a 7’1 big man -His take on Coach Watson’s play calling *Listen to the podcast...Continue reading »

(Photo – gocards.com)   In what is sure to cause some controversy, CBSSports.com released their rankings of college basketball’s top 10 back and frontcourts.  Louisville is represented on both lists, but most think the Cards have the best collection of guards in the nation.  Jeff Borzello of CBS thinks UofL has the second best unit – or 1B – as he put it in the article.  Who’s #1?  AAC and long-term rival Memphis.  These respective backcourts will get to face off against one another at least twice in...Continue reading »