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Photo – USA TODAY With Coach P telling WDRB that he and his son are likely to play each other on a military base to start the season next year, UofL’s non-conference slate looks to be one of the toughest ever.  With the probable addition of Minnesota, the Cards will also play Kentucky at home and Indiana in Madison Square Garden.  As a member of the ACC, UofL will also take part in the ACC-Big Ten challenge.  The Cards will re-unite with Big East rivals Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame while hooking up with new conference...Continue reading »

Photo – After about two weeks of no negative news concerning Chane Behanan coming out, late Tuesday night reports surfaced that his 2012 Final Four ring was put up for sale at Grey Flannel Auctions.  Word then came earlier today that the ring was stolen from Chane’s grandmother’s house in Cincinnati.  Behanan’s mother kept the ring there because she thought it would be safe.  Given where he grew up, it was a smart move.  Or at least it was supposed to be. “Nobody in our family even knew the ring was even...Continue reading »

(photo – After Sunday afternoon’s 93-84 loss to North Carolina, a pair of Louisville players stood out on the final stat sheet. One of these players shot 11-24 from the floor, hit 6 threes and finished with 36 points. The other finished with 4 fouls and zeros across the board in every major statistical category. Out of high school, one was a McDonald’s All-American considered arguably the best backcourt recruit Pitino successfully convinced to come to Louisville. The other was an unknown 2-star recruit...Continue reading »

(Photo – Associated Press)   From Wes Unseld to Darrell Griffith to Peyton Siva, Denny Crum, Rick Pitino and everyone in between, it’s been a crazy ride for Louisville basketball fans. The program has spanned 100 years and is widely considered one of the top 7 or 8 in the entire nation. With the 2013 culmination of the school’s third national championship, things are arguably the best they’ve ever been here (I said arguably – I didn’t forget about you, early-to-mid 1980’s). With that in mind,...Continue reading »

Photo – AP You can’t put your finger on it, but in this season the mood around the program doesn’t fit the record.  It began with the highest of expectations, win the American and return to a BCS game.  There was even chatter, albeit unreasonable, about UofL going to the BCS title game if the Cards went undefeated and got a lot of help along the way.  Those expectations all came crashing down when UCF stormed back from a 21-point deficit at PJCS, sending this team – and the fans – in a second half-of-the-season...Continue reading »

(Photo –   While the loss to UNC was disappointing, it’s certainly not cause for concern.  A November loss under Coach Pitino is almost a rite of passage as there has only been 2 seasons where a Louisville team hasn’t lost in this month.  It’s something that has to happen for the team to get better in March.  Here’s a quick history of UofL’s November losses and as you can see, they were far from season-damaging. 2001-02 (19-13, lost in 2nd round of the NIT) Record in November (1-1) Loss:...Continue reading »

In the latest USA Today and AP Top 25 Polls, the Louisville Cardinals have dropped to #9. The Cards, of course, dropped their first game of the season yesterday to North Carolina, who moved up 9 spots in both polls (the biggest mover of the week). Other notables: Oklahoma State moving up 4 and 6 spots, respectively, after blowing out Memphis, UConn moving up to 14th after a big weekend and Indiana cracking the polls for the first time (they just hung a plaque in Bloomington…, seriously). #2 and #3 looked a whole lot better next to...Continue reading »

(Photo – USA Today)   Two weeks ago, after a blistering home loss to Vanderbilt, the rumblings in Gainesville, Florida were at an all-time high. The Gators had just given up 34 points to the Commodores and lost to them for the first time in the Swamp since 1947. The pressure on head coach Will Muschamp was palpable and, despite being injury-riddled, the Florida faithful were calling for a change. However, UF Athletic Director Jeremy Foley came out immediately following the game and announced that Muschamp was in no danger and that...Continue reading »

(Photo – Mark Baer / USA Today)   It’s been a long time since I typed the words “Louisville lost” when it comes to basketball, but I suppose all good things come to an end. Yesterday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, the 3rd-ranked Cardinals got upset by #24 North Carolina, 93-84. It was the team’s first loss since February 9th of this year. The Tar Heels deserve all the credit, too. They bounced back from a home-loss one week earlier to Belmont  and dominated the Cards inside. Despite...Continue reading »

Photo – *The Cards were a no-show on defense, and the short-handed Tar Heels embarrassed UofL from the start of the second half with constant run-outs and shooting 54% from the field. *UofL’s 21-game winning streak is over; the last time Louisville lost was February 9th. *The Cards allowed the most points in regulation since 2003. *UofL’s all-time record against North Carolina is now 3-9. *Coach Pitino fell to 0-5 against North Carolina. *UofL had just 3 assists in the game.  T-h-r-e-e. *There were a ton of NBA...Continue reading »