Kyle Kuric

We Know What You Did Last Weekend

As you might have expected, the TV ratings for the just-completed weekend of hoops were extraordinary and record-setting. You may know that WLKY garners the best ratings in the NCAA Tournament of any CBS station in the country, and with such unprecedented success by local teams, the numbers are up, up, up. WLKY GM Glenn Haygood reports that games on his station (now that the games are shared between CBS, TBS and TRU TV) were 15-20 percent higher than last year. Saturday night’s Kentucky win over Iowa State did a 34, which is in Super Bowl territory. The 15 games…


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Cards End West Virginia Rivalry With A Victory, 77-74

In what is expected to be the Cardinals final trip to Morgantown, Rick Pitino’s team was able to squeak in the win. It was an ugly affair, with the Cardinals getting dominated much of the game, but the efforts of Russ Smith, Kyle Kuric, and the return of Wayne Blackshear provided the Cardinals the boost to get yet another crucial road win. Reports emerged this week that West Virginia had reached an agreement with the Big East conference to allow them to flee for the Big 12 in July for a small $20 million fee. Wayne Blackshear was certainly the…



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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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Big Expectations Come With Siva’s Captain Rank

Coach Rick Pitino dropped a small bombshell this morning. He announced this season’s team captains to be the squad’s only seniors Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith; but also named Junior Peyton Siva to the role. Pitino cited Siva’s “unparalleled” leadership for the change in protocol. Rick usually reserves the captain status for Seniors. The progression of Siva only adds to the building hype behind what many believe will be his breakout season. The point guard was ranked second and fourth in the Big East last year in steals and assists respectively. He played excellently in the Bahamas, and will be…


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Pitino Presser Brings Addition and Subtraction to 2011 Team

Coach Rick Pitino took to the stage today to announce a couple of changes for next year’s Cardinals.   First Pitino officially announced Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock to the Louisville roster. Ware, a former Tennessee commit, will add the versatility of playing two positions to an already excellent class. Hancock is a transfer from George Mason and will sit out this year, but still has two years of eligibility remaining.   Coach Pitino was very keen on the two additions, praising Ware’s versatility and Hancock’s hardwork and determination. Pitino also announced that three Louisville players would lose scholarship status…


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Marra and Cards Steamroll Marquette, 81-56

Welcome home Mike Marra. The sophomore sharpshooter’s return to his native northeast was his best performance of the season. As soon as Marra came off the bench he was electrifying, putting up 11 before halftime. He finished the night shooting six of ten from behind the arc. Marra’s 22 points was one shy of hs career high but easily led the Cardinals to an easy victory over the Golden Eagles. The Cardinals struggled early in the game, at one point Marquette was up 11-2. But once the Cardinals shifted into gear, they never looked back. They cruised into halftime and emerged by scoring…


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Cardinals Stunned in Morgantown, 70-72

How do you know when Rick Pitino is livid? When he takes his jacket off, and he certainly had reason to be.  While the game was poorly officiated, Louisville’s loss to West Virginia wasn’t without fault from the Cards. The out of bounds call was very questionable, and Preston Knowles’ foul with .6 seconds left was excessive. Yet, when the Cardinals had a chance to decide the games themselves. Peyton Siva has to step up and make both foul shots in  end-game situations. Also, Knowles pulled up for the game winning shot so early. Louisville has had so much success…


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Slow Start Dooms Cardinals in Cincinatti

After the Cardinals pulled off their stylish win over Syracuse on Saturday, fans in the ‘Ville had been buzzing about the incredible team effort of late. What U of L hadn’t encountered yet was a team playing for its life. The teams entered the game with identical 19-6 records, but U of L was ranked 16th and Cincy was in a more desperate position. The final was 63-54 as Cincy dominated much of the game before a sparse house of 11,511 at Fifth Third Arena. Cincinnati came into the game battling for post-season positioning.  It needed a win to bring…


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Cardinals Notch Seventh Straight Win Against Syracuse

Rocking the 80s throwback uniforms, Kyle Kuric and Preston Knowles continued Louisville’s domination of Orangemen in stylish fashion.  Kuric led the Cards with 23 points and Knowles followed with 22. The Cards benefited greatly from the return of Rakeem Buckles who hadn’t played since Dec 27.  Louisville was at one point ahead of Syracuse by 20 points early in the second half, but Syracuse clawed its way back to close within 3 with 1:39 left. Clutch free throws from Peyton Siva and Chris Smith gave Rick Pitino the much-needed win. The Cards shot prolifically behind the arc once again, scoring…