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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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Awaiting the Madness of March

Basketball fans in Kentucky have got to be giddy with the fine meal they are being served right now. With the conference tournament appetizers, high school sweet 16s for the first course, and the main course NCAA tourney just around the corner; things are heating up. There will be plenty of exciting basketball to watch. Louisville Looks to Solidify High Seed While the Cards won’t play their first game in the Big East tourney until Thursday, Rick Pitino will be watching closely to see who they will face. The Cardinals will face the winner of West Virginia vs. Providence/Marquette game…


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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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Cards Light Up Providence on Senior Night, 86-60

Preston Knowles and Kyle Kuric put on a clinic for Louisville fans during the final game of the KFC Yum! Center’s maiden voyage.  The Ville’s dynamic duo combined for 45 points, 15 from three-pointers, and a stellar 54% field goal percentage. After a slow start, the Cards took over, and with the win secured a double-bye in the Big East Tournament next weekend. Louisville used the final home game to recognize the two seniors Knowles and George Goode. Coach Rick Pitino started both and used his whole bench to dismantle the Friars. At times the Cards tried to do too…


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Cards’ Win at Rutgers Is a Low Scoring Affair

Louisville came out of the tunnel looking sharper than ever with a 17-2 opening run at Rutgers. Yet after the 12-minute mark in the first half,  the Cardinals lost their luster. Preston Knowles was on fire in the first half, shooting three for four behind the arc. He also led the team 14 points, eight rebounds, and five steals. U of L won in Piscataway, 55-37, to go to 10-5 in the Big East and 21-7 overall. In the second half the Cards came out with no intensity. Rutgers had a chance to make it a game after Louisville missed…


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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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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…


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“Digging” a Hole in ESPN’s Professionalism

ESPN has been long accused of bias in its sports analysis, but rarely is this bias showcased in prime time during an actual game. The behavior displayed by ESPN color commentator Digger Phelps during last night’s Louisville-Notre Dame game was downright despicable. Not only was Digger wearing a Fighting Irish logo on his sweater, but he made biased statements against the Cardinals throughout the contest. After Kyle Kuric’s first half-ending dunk garnered a technical foul, Phelps berated him. He exaggerated Kuric’s actions and continued his commentary on Kuric throughout the game. Phelps referred to Notre Dame as “we” or “our” multiple times….


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Cardinals Can’t Finish off Irish in Overtime.

When the tip-off started the extra period, it quickly became clear that the Cardinals were done. Despite a strong 40 minutes, collapse was the word to best describe U of L’s effort in OT. Buzzed from an early three-pointer, the Fighting Irish scored 14 unanswered to begin overtime. Regulation and overtime looked like two completely different games. While it is another loss, the Cardinals hung tough in an extremely hostile situation and continue to prove their mettle. Junior Kyle Kuric led the Cards with 28 points, including an electrifying dunk to end the first half.  Kuric earned a technical for staring…