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Let’s just clarify one thing: this time last season we were all miserable. By now we were all coming to terms with the self-imposed postseason ban in the wake of the basketball programs prostitution scandal. One of the saddest and most unfortunate side effects of the ban was that our young team missed out on some extremely valuable postseason experience. Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson, Mangok Mathiang, Anas Mahmoud, Matz Stockman and David Levitch are the six names on the roster that have played in the NCAA tournament. Q and Mangok were...Continue reading »

The Cards fell short 74-63 to the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill on Wednesday night. As February is coming to an end, all eyes are on March as tournament time fast approaches. The ACC has undoubtedly been the most dominant conference, with six teams in the current AP Top 25 (Louisville at 7, North Carolina at 8, Duke at 10, Virginia at 18, Florida State at 19, and Notre Dame at 25). These rankings will surely change, with Louisville and Duke both taking losses Wednesday. North Carolina held the recently hot-shooting Cardinals to just 25 percent...Continue reading »

Photo – AP Louisville isn’t the same team on the road against elite opponents.  Yes this is a ‘Captain Obvious’ statement, but the numbers prove it in an ugly fashion.  Let’s take UofL’s five losses on the road or at a neutral site.  Against Baylor, Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia, and North Carolina, Louisville shot a putrid 122-308 from the field (39%), an awful 24-96 from 3-point range (26%), and an embarrassing 51-80 (63%) from the free throw line.  The change in venue against...Continue reading »

The guys spoke to CBSSports.com’s Bracketologist Jerry Palm (10:55) about Louisville and the ACC.  We covered all angles and scenarios as the regular season comes to a close. VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)...

The Breakdown – North Carolina Edition Getting to Know the Tar Heels: Head Coach: Roy Williams Record: 23-5(11-3) National Rank: #8   North Carolina has been rolling this season and currently sit alone atop the ACC standings. As a result of their stellar play, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Tar Heels listed as a number 1 Seed in the NCAA Tournament.   The Front Court A key to the Tar Heels success has been depth. Something they have plenty of in the Front Court. Playing at an ACC player of the Year level has been Junior Justin Jackson....Continue reading »

  As he nears the end of his 16th season at Louisville, Rick Pitino has faced more scandals, personal humiliations, off-the-court player issues, and fan criticism than just about any active NCAA head coach. And yet, somehow, some way, he has managed to overcome each obstacle and maintain his reputation as one of the game’s premier coaches.   It is not out of the realm of logic to suggest that he has not only maintained that reputation as an elite coach but has actually become more valuable in his craft. Maybe it was the...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Virginia Tech Edition Getting to Know the Hokies: Head Coach: Buzz Williams Record: 18-7 (7-6)   Virginia Tech got off to a hot start this season highlighted by a road win at Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and a stomping of Duke at Cassell Coliseum, 89-75.   The Front Court: The Hokies Front Court was dealt a huge blow a few days ago, when Forward Chris Clarke was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Clarke did everything for this team and several guys will need to step up to help...Continue reading »

The guys spoke to the ACCDN’s Jeff Fischel about the current state of ACC basketball, UofL hoops, and the UofL-UK rivalry.  AllSportsDiscussion.com’s Matthew Worner joined us to preview the Virginia Tech game.  Fellow Card fans shared their stories from the best basketball games they’ve attended and shared plays that made them jump up out of their seats while watching on TV.  We also of course sprinkled in some 90’s hip hop classics.   VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)...

We asked a couple of questions on twitter yesterday and the response was overwhelming.  Here are the questions we asked and a sampling of the responses. Show question (1/2): what is the best UofL basketball you've attended live? (Excluding title and Final Four games) — LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 15, 2017 Show question (2/2): what is a UofL basketball play that made you jump out of your seat with excitement while watching TV? — LouisvilleSportsLive (@LvilleSprtsLive) February 15, 2017 @LvilleSprtsLive...Continue reading »

How reluctant are the Boston Celtics to trade Terry Rozier? There was a sizable trade completed in the NBA on Tuesday and it nearly involved the Boston Celtics until they caught cold feet. The deal was centered around Orlando Magic power forward Serge Ibaka — a popular big man who made a name for himself whle playing with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Ibaka had been rumored to be on the move over the course of the past few weeks. The Orlando Magic have been bottom-feeders of the Eastern Conference and...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Syracuse Edition   Getting to Know the Orange: Head Coach: Jim Boeheim Record: 16-10 (8-5)   It’s been a rough season for the Orange. The beginning of the year saw head scratching losses to Connecticut, Georgetown and St. Johns. The ‘Cuse seemed to right the ship over the last few weeks, rattling 5 straight conference wins including upsets over Florida State and Virginia. The streak was snapped over the weekend as the Orange lost to a struggling Pitt team in Pittsburgh.   The Front Court The Syracuse Front...Continue reading »

Where do pro scouts rank the University of Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell in the 2017 NBA Draft? The fine folks at Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical are preparing for the most insane portion of the year in college basketball. Conference tournaments are quickly approaching and this is the beginning of when players really make a name for themselves. The Louisville Cardinals have a few prospects on the team that could potentially hear their name called in the 2017 NBA Draft, which will take place in June. However, one name particularly stands...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Miami Edition Getting to Know the Hurricanes:  Head Coach: Jim Larranaga Record: 16-7 (6-5)   The Hurricanes have had an up and down season so far. They managed to notch an upset win over North Carolina earlier in the season but also lost opportunities for some quality out of conference wins against Iowa State and Florida.   The Front Court: The bulk of Miami’s problems this season revolve around a huge lack of depth in the front court. The Canes have really been relying on two guys, Kamari Murphy and Dewan...Continue reading »