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The Cardinals Capture Big East Crown, 50-44

It may not have been pretty, but it got the job done. The Louisville Cardinals, who entered this week having lost four of their last six games, are your 2012 Big East Tournament Champions. Hard to believe. Chris Smith led the Cardinals with 15 points, but Peyton Siva was the star. Siva continued his spectacular play and posted 10 points and five assists. The junior’s performance was the final piece to an amazing week, and the Big East Tournament MVP. This week has been Siva’s coming out party, with this performance he’s showing how amazing he truly is. When Siva…


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Cardinals Roll To Second Straight Big East Title Game

In the final Big East Championship before the conference will transform beyond recognition, two Conference USA transplants will battle in the final. The Cardinals secured their place in their third championship game in four years with a 64-50 victory over the 23rd ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The win brings them to Saturday’s final against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cards lost to the Bearcats early this year by four points. Louisville continued to show its reinvigorated spirit with a passionate performance Friday night. The Cards continued to wow the fans with another huge in the first half, springing a 21-2 stretch in…


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Behanan Propels Louisville Over Rutgers, 78-66

Chane Behanan showed why he was such a prized recruit Saturday. Behanan posted a career high 23 points along with 11 rebounds. Many of his points coming from arena rocking dunks. With Behanan’s performance the Cardinals extended their winning streak to four and moved to fifth place in the Big East. However, the win was marred by an ankle injury to Louisville big man Gorgui Dieng. Dieng went down early in the second half, but after a few minutes re-entered the match with a taped-up ankle. Dieng continued to perform despite limping up and down the court. The sophomore put…


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Louisville’s Offense Stagnates Again, Fall to Marquette, 63-74

After a hopping out to a quick 18-2 lead, the Cardinals lost all drive and gave up their fifth loss in seven games. Foul trouble continued to riddle the Cardinals as they committed 20 total fouls and gave Marquette 18 chances at the charity stripe. The Golden Eagles capitalized only missing a pair of free throws the entire game. The foul trouble continued to keep big man Gorgui Dieng on the bench. Dieng’s foul out was his second in four games. Dieng’s height is one of Louisville’s biggest strengths but everytime the fouls pile on. Dieng’s inexperience shines, he simply…


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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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Siva’s Steals Help Louisville Shut Down Connecticut

Peyton Siva’s 16 point effort and Gorgui Dieng’s first career double-double helped Louisville put the stamp on its invitation to the NCAA tourney. Thanks to another signature win, the Cardinals will undoubtebly be in the big dance. The Cardinals (20-7) secured their ninth straight twenty win season, and their fourth straight against the Huskies (20-6.) The win came after a double overtime thriller in Connecticut three weeks ago that fired up the Louisville faifthful. UofL put on a show for the 22,776 at the KFC Yum! Center. UConn only led once for 23 seconds and the Cards won it 71-58. Defense was…


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Pitino Likes Cards’ Spirit and Attitude

Rick Pitino is talking about why this year’s Cards are so good. “They are so willing to play for the name on the front of the jersey and not the one on the back,” he said after the win against Syracuse. Pitino compared this bunch affectionately with his 1987 Providence Final Four team. Remember that this was widely expected to be a rebuilding year. In the preseason, Pitino called it a bridge year. The Cards were predicted to be in the lower half of the Big East standings, but with six regular-season games left, U of L sits in fourth…


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UofL and UK send Five to NFL Combine

Who says football season is over? The NFL has invited running back Bilal Powell, cornerback Johnny Patrick, and tight end Cameron Graham to the NFL Draft Combine in Indianapolis.  The league has also invited wideout Randall Cobb and running back Derrick Locke of UK.  The Combine serves as the best chance for coaches to see the future pros workout. It includes physical events like weightlifting, dashes, and other tests to measure the physical characteristics of the prospect. Cards Have a Close Call A win is a win is a win is a win. With that being said, a slim four-point…


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Cards Go No-Knowles Against DePaul

On his radio show Wednesday, Rick Pitino said senior shooting guard Preston Knowles has a strained hamstring and won’t play against DePaul Saturday. Whether Knowles’ injury will be healed by next Wednesday, when the Cards face a challenging road encounter at Notre Dame, is unknown. And while it’s likely the Cards can rip the Demons without Knowles and his 14.9 scoring average, his availability for the game in South Bend is crucial. The injuries continue to rack up for the Cards, but don’t expect Knowles to sit for long. My sources close to the training staff tell me that he…