College Basketball

Rick Pitino. Photo by Bill Brymer

Cards to Get Purdue in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

from U of L The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will face Purdue for the second straight year in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.  Dates, times and television will be announced later. Ranked 15th nationally in the final Associated Press and USA Today polls last season, Purdue achieved a 27-8 record, won its 23rd Big Ten regular-season championship and reached the NCAA Tournament where it fell to Kansas in the Midwest Region semifinal.  Six of its top seven scorers return, led by 6-8 senior forward Vincent Edwards (12.6 ppg, 4.9 apg), 7-2…


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Cardinals Can’t Overcome Kentucky’s Talent, 69-62

In a wild, whistle riddled, Battle of The Bluegrass, the better team won. The explosiveness of the talented Wildcats proved too much for the Cardinals to handle. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Cats with a monstrous 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kidd-Gilchrist at times couldn’t be touched by the Louisville defenders. Every time the Cardinals would think about closing the deficit, Kidd-Gilchrist would topple the comeback with a big play. Meanwhile, Russ Smith put on clinic for the Cards. Smith recorded 30 points, the game high. Russ See TV appeared to be the only player unafraid to shoot the ball. Smith…



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Frustration Riddles Cardinals in Loss to Georgetown, 68-71

The past 24 hours have been among the most difficult for Louisville fans. Tuesday night the Cards gave a spirited performance that came just short in the Belk Bowl. Wednesday night, UofL basketball faltered in its biggest test of the season, with an even bigger one coming in less than 72 hours. Frustration is the common theme threading the two games. Frustration with anemic offenses. Frustration with underachieving defenses. Frustration with questionable officiating. Louisville’s biggest trouble was on the glass. Rebounding had been a huge strength for the Cardinals all season, but UofL gave the Hoyas countless second and third…


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Cards Stumble to Win Over WKU, 70-60

RUSSCUED! Russ Smith provided the spark for a 14-0 Louisville second half rally to overcome the upstart Hilltoppers. Smith continued his run of good form with a game high 23 points. In a largely lackluster effort from UofL, Smith was the only consistently effective Cardinal. Western Kentucky arrived to the KFC Yum! Center ready to play. The Toppers opened with a 16-5 run, quickly putting the Cards on their heels. Louisville remained disorganized for nearly the entire game. Even during their best possessions, the Cardinal offense was off pace and sloppy. The failures of the offense rest partly on the…


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The Rise Of Russ Smith

Russ Smith is the most controversial player UofL has seen in a while. Every Card fan has an opinion on the upstart guard from New York. Whether you love or hate Smith, he is no doubt Louisville’s biggest surprise this season. I will admit to being an open “Russ-hater.” After Louisville’s Siva-less rout of Bellarmine I wrote this about him. Russ Smith certainly isn’t the answer. Despite his 13 points, Smith rushed possessions, had multiple traveling violations, and at times tossed-up the ball praying it would happen to sail into the basket (although it worked a few times.) Smith even shied away from the…


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Pitino Secures 600th Win Over Tennessee-Martin, 83-48

Rick Pitino is in good company. Pitino joins greats like John Wooden, Dean Smith, and Adolph Rupp as the 38th coach to reach the six century mark. Pitino is also the 15th fastest coach to reach the mark. The win came easy, as the Cards received little trouble from the Skyhawks. Louisville was dominant, holding TMU to only 46 points. Chane Behanan started off his year with a double-double. A reiteration of his potential contribution to the Cardinals’ campaign. Behanan tied the game-high with Kyle Kuric at 14 points. Louisville played much more efficiently with Peyton Siva on the court. The Junior returned from a…