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If the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament taught us anything, it’s that Chrissie Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, and Martin Chambers are no longer the only group who can call themselves “The Pretenders.” The ACC, the conference that produced nine tournament teams and thought by many to be the best basketball conference in the country, fell on its face in embarrassing fashion. Here is a quick recap of what went down. via GIPHY As for a more detailed recap, of the nine teams who entered, only one remains after...Continue reading »

The end of the season marked Coach Pitino’s 16th year at the school, and if you look at the overall body of work, you’ll see impressive results.  At Louisville, Pitino is 416-143 (.744) with a 28-12 (.700) mark in the NCAA Tournament highlighted by a national championship, three Final Fours, three Elite Eight appearances, and one Sweet 16.  That comes to an average record per year of 26-9.   This season culminated 103 years of Louisville basketball.  During that span the Cards have amassed 1,803 victories. ...Continue reading »

Improve Basketball IQ – this was this team’s ultimate undoing.  The head scratching decision making, blowing second half leads, continuing to take bad shots, and getting away from what was working all were repeated throughout this frustrating season.  Another season and offseason under their belt will undoubtedly serve them better.  The ‘inexperience’ excuse can’t be used next year.  Become physically tough – the frontcourt was soft all year, period.  That coupled...Continue reading »

I would like to say I was surprised by Louisville’s 73-69 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32 yesterday, but the truth is, I was not. Not even a little. Like many of you, I picked my bracket dutifully, advancing UofL all the way out to the Final Four. I couldn’t help myself – the region was right there for the taking. The Cards had been given a gift #2 seed and were going to be playing just up the road in Indianapolis for the first two rounds. Unlike recent years, however, I didn’t believe the final weekend to be...Continue reading »

Though it has been a rocky sophomore NBA season for former Louisville Cardinal Terry Rozier, he is enjoying late-season success with the Boston Celtics. Due to a logjam in the backcourt, Terry Rozier has had difficulty finding consistent amounts of playing time. However, he has remained ready for any golden opportunities. The ex-Louisville star has appeared in 60 of 65 games in his sophomore season, averaging a solid 17.8 minutes per game to this point — one month remaining in the regular season.  Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens,...Continue reading »

We’ve all had time to take a deep breath, block annoying people from that fan base on our timelines, and maybe even swear off basketball for the rest of the day. But reality smacks us in the face like Donovan did to Grayson this year when we remind ourselves that our favorite team is not playing this Thursday or Friday in the Sweet 16. But here’s another reality Louisville fans: we still have plenty to look forward to with this team in the future.  Sunday’s loss to the Michigan Wolverines cannot be Louisville’s...Continue reading »

  In a season of collapses by some of Louisville’s marquee athletic programs, Rick Pitino and the basketball team showed Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 that they didn’t want to be left out. Prior to March of 2017, Louisville fans had already experienced enough hair-pulling meltdowns for a lifetime in the span of 10 months. First, the baseball team, playing for a spot in the College World Series and up 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning, loaded the bases and surrendered a walk-off grand slam to cost...Continue reading »

On Sunday at 12:10 P.M. Louisville (2) will battle Michigan (7) for the right to advance to the Sweet 16. This is the first time the Cards and the Wolverines have met since a rather memorable match-up in 2013….for the national championship. Yes, it really has been four years since that memorable night. I never sat down to watch the game. I paced back and forth in my sister’s living room. I found a way to stay calm when Spike Albrecht brought his own personal flurry of threes to the game for Michigan, helping the Wolverines jump...Continue reading »

On this episode of LSL, Ethan spoke to The Portland Sports Business Journal’s Matthew Kish (27:45) on the rising popularity of adidas and what’s in store for the future.  Insidetheville.com’s Mike Hughes (1:09:30) joined us to preview UofL’s NCAA Tournament run.  VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)...

Per the Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer, the NCAA is expected, on Friday, to file its reply to the University of Louisville’s response to the NCAA’s original Notice of Allegations, which were sent to UofL in October of 2016. Most Louisville fans know the details of these allegations, and they are well summarized in Greer’s Courier Journal article. While the above probably sounds ominous to most Cards fans, what this means is that the NCAA will be replying, point by point, to the defenses that UofL submitted within its response to the...Continue reading »

The Breakdown – Jacksonville State Edition Head Coach: Ray Harper Record: 20-14 Conference: Ohio Valley Conference   The Gamecocks punched their first ticket to the NCAA Tournament by upsetting top seeded Belmont to win the OVC Tournament Championship. The Gamecocks are led by first year Head Coach, Ray Harper. If that name sounds familiar its because Harper spent 4 seasons as the head man at Western Kentucky. Contrary to popular belief, Jacksonville State is not located in the state of Florida. The campus is in Jacksonville, AL,...Continue reading »

Yes, the heading on this blog does go without saying. That whole “win or go home” thing does tend to insinuate that Louisville’s upcoming first-round NCAA tournament game against Jacksonville State carries some kind of weight. Cards fans have all kinds of reasons to feel confident about Friday’s game. Louisville is a 20-point favorite. Aside from the game being an NCAA tournament opener, why is this game important? I do believe the 2-seed gave this team a new lease on life. But I still think this team needs to see themselves...Continue reading »

  This past Sunday evening, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee bestowed upon 10th-ranked Louisville a generous and almost certainly undeserving 2-seed, placing them in the Midwest Region, where they will spend the first weekend in Indianapolis. Now, it isn’t that the Cards didn’t have a good season, or even better than good. They are, after all, considered a top-10 team. In fact, when reviewing their 24-8 final regular season record, they just had one loss to a team ranked outside the top 25 and had four wins over teams...Continue reading »