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Louisville faces off against Orange as Cards set for second game of three-game road swing Wednesday

Louisville (11-4, 6-3 ACC) will play its second of three games in six days as the Cardinals visit the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday in Syracuse, N.Y. Louisville beat Georgia Tech 74-58 in the KFC Yum! Center on Monday as two Cardinals produced double-doubles in David Johnson with 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 points, and Samuell Williamson with career-bests of 20 points and 18 rebounds. They became...

Champions Classic: UK vets Washington, Travis eager for season-opener against Duke

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) — PJ Washington doesn’t shy away from the big stage and the Kentucky sophomore forward is looking forward to Tuesday’s season opener against Duke in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis. “I’m a competitor and I love playing against good teams,” he said. “It’s always fun playing against somebody like that. You know that they’re going...

A Return to Form: Louisville defensive unit looking for better performance against Seminoles

Dominant is a subtle way to describe the University of Louisville football team’s performance in last year’s victory over Florida State. The Cardinals’ offense registered 530 yards and tallied 21 second-quarter points, while the defense accumulated five sacks, one interception, limited the Seminoles to 2 of 13 on third-down conversions, and stifled Florida State to 284 yards of offense. Louisville...

Petrino, Cardinals hope to regain early rhythm with ACC road match with Florida State

Heading into the last half of the season, the University of Louisville football team is looking to find the rhythm it had in getting off to a 4-1 start and hopes to regain it at Florida State this weekend. After two consecutive losses, the Cardinals are heading to Tallahassee, Fla., to face the Seminoles in a key game for positioning in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Opening the season in the top five...

Louisville defense hopes to turn up the heat for North Carolina’s up-tempo attack

The University of Louisville football team is becoming less and less a fan of the ‘two is better than one’ mantra. For the second-consecutive week to begin the season, the Cardinals’ defense is facing a familiar challenge: preparing to see potentially two different quarterbacks in a game. Louisville opens its ACC schedule on Saturday at North Carolina, which trotted out Chazz Surratt and Brandon...

So far, so good: Petrino excited about Cards’ prospects following first full week of practice

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today So far, so good. That sums up coach Bobby Petrino’s feelings about his University of Louisville football team after the first full week of practice. “I like what I see,” Petrino said during the team’s annual Media Day Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. “I see a group of guys who are in really good condition, the best shape we’ve...

Old problems crop up again for Cards as Duke rallies for 81-77 win in ACC tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent Sure, Louisville had a difficult time trying to contain Luke Kennard, Jason Tatum and Grayson Allen. But that trio’s substantial damage aside, the No.4-seeded Cardinals were there own worst enemy in Thursday’s 81-77 loss to No. 5 Duke in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Chalk up UofL’s...

Mitchell, Spalding combine for 43 points, No. 7 Cards rebound to spank Syracuse, 88-68

Donovan Mitchell made six 3-pointers for 25 points, Ray Spalding added 18 points with 11 rebounds and No. 7 Louisville shot 57 percent to pull away for an 88-68 victory over Syracuse on Sunday. Seeking a second-place tie with Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cardinals rode a 14-4 run entering the break for a 15-point lead that grew to 23 early in the second half. That provided a...

Tar Heels tighten grip on ACC race, pull away in second half for 74-63 win over No. 7 Louisville

Justin Jackson scored 21 points and No. 8 North Carolina pulled away after halftime to beat No. 7 Louisville 74-63 on Wednesday night in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference leaders. Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (24-5, 12-3), who strengthened their hold on first place in the league. UNC entered the night leading both Louisville and No. 10 Duke by a game, but stretched...

ACC lead, possible No. 1 seed for NCAA tournament on the line as Cards meet hot Tar Heels

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — When Louisville’s basketball team was preparing to meet Virginia two weeks ago, coach Rick Pitino told the Cardinals they were playing for a possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cards, minus suspended Deng Adel and Mangok Mathiang, lost decisively, 71-55, but now they get another shot at that goal when they face No. 8 North Carolina...

Pitino comes close to dismissing Boston College as Cards eye Monday ACC showdown with Virginia

By Russ Brown KyForward columnist LOUISVILLE — In a way, during his press conference Friday afternoon, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino violated one of his profession’s most sacred commandments: Thou shalt take one game at a time. Louisville’s next opponent is lowly Boston College (9-14, 2-8 ACC) Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass.,...

Last-place Cards seeking to become road-tough and claim a ‘must-win’ at Georgia Tech

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The Atlantic Coast Conference basketball race is barely a week old and already things are topsy-turvy and Louisville coach Rick Pitino is talking about “must-win” games. First up in that category is puzzling Georgia Tech (9-5, 1-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday in McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta. What has brought on Pitino’s alarm is the...

No. 9 Cardinals can’t solve Notre Dame on the road, drop 77-70 decision to fall to 0-2 in ACC play

Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell filled the stat line Wednesday with 20 points, five steals, five assists and four rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Cardinals from dropping an Atlantic Coast Conference decision at Notre Dame, 77-70. Steve Vasturia scored a career-high 24 points to lead the No. 23 Irish to their fourth straight win and sixth in a row at home against Louisvillle....

Big game against Cats earns UofL’s Snider ACC Men’s Basketball Player of Week honors

University of Louisville junior guard Quentin Snider has been honored as the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 19-25. In Louisville’s only game last week, Snider was named the Most Valuable Player by the Bluegrass Sports Commission in UofL’s 73-70 victory over then sixth-ranked Kentucky. Snider was named the Most Valuable Player by the Bluegrass Sports Commission...

Cards whip Wake Forest and see path to playoffs open as upsets hit three of top four teams

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — You can mark Saturday down as one of the best days the University of Louisville football team has enjoyed in a long time, and not just because the No. 6/5 Cardinals ended their third Atlantic Coast Conference season with a 44-12 victory over Wake Forest in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Cards (9-1, 7-1) also got a huge boost to their...

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Back of the Week

After being named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for the third time on Sunday, University of Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson added to his growing list of accolades on Monday when he was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season. Jackson amassed 416 yards of total offense and accounted for seven touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 52-7 win over...

Atlantic Coast Conference announces it will shift league baseball tourney to Louisville Slugger Field

The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship will be played at Louisville Slugger Field in downtown Louisville as announced by the conference on Tuesday. Originally slated for Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, the 2017 baseball championship was among eight neutral site championships relocated by the ACC due to North Carolina’s decision to approve a law that discriminates...

In the Hunt: Cards still alive for playoff, title shot despite coming up short in thrilling loss at Clemson

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Louisville’s football team lost the biggest regular season game in program history, but not their dream goal or national respect. The No. 4/3 Cardinals (4-1, 1-1 ACC) came away with both intact, despite coming up one yard short in their dramatic, nationally-televised 42-36 loss at Clemson (5-0, 2-0) Saturday night in a classic showdown...

Billy Reed: Words come up short when it comes to superlatives for Louisville-Clemson grid showdown

Here we are, mere hours away from the Louisville football team’s visit to Clemson, and I have a serious problem. I used up almost all my adjectives and superlatives on the Cards’ historic 63-20 humiliation of Florida State. I ordered a new batch from the U.S. Postal Service, but they won’t be here until Monday, the same day The Courier-Journal and Herald-Leader will be coming out with their game...

Hold your breath, here comes Jackson/Watson, Clemson/Cards in huge ACC, national showdown

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — The Louisville-Clemson prime time showdown Saturday night in Death Valley shapes up as the proverbial irresistible force versus the immovable object, the former being Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson, the latter the Tigers’ stingy defense. “Something will have to give one way or another,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says. Which...