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Shocked and saddened Cardinals will try
to refocus, move on against Seminoles

UofL coach Rick Pitino says his team will try to put the shocking events of the past week surrounding Chris Jones when it plays Florida State Saturday (UofL Athletics Photo)

Shocked and saddened Cardinals will try to refocus, move on against Seminoles

UofL coach Rick Pitino says his team will try to put the shocking events of the past week surrounding Chris Jones when it plays Florida State Saturday (UofL Athletics Photo)

Pitino breaks silence on dismissed guard Jones, saying ‘we just have to move on’

A threatening text message to a UofL female student led to Chris Jones (right) dismissal from the team by coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has commented for the first — and what will probably be the last — time on his decision to dismiss senior guard Chris Jones from the team after he was...

Pitino breaks silence on dismissed guard Jones, saying 'we just have to move on'

A threatening text message to a UofL female student led to Chris Jones (right) dismissal from the team by coach Rick Pitino (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has commented for the first — and what will probably be the last — time on his decision to dismiss senior guard Chris Jones from the team after he was...

Rozier ignores stop sign, leads Cardinals’ comeback ACC victory over Georgia Tech

Louisville guard Terry Rozier got the winning basket with a layup in the final seconds at the Cards grabbed a road win over Georgia Tech (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Terry Rozier was steaming downcourt toward the basket. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was up off the bench yelling at him to stop. Either Rozier didn’t hear his coach or he ignored him....

Rozier ignores stop sign, leads Cardinals' comeback ACC victory over Georgia Tech

Louisville guard Terry Rozier got the winning basket with a layup in the final seconds at the Cards grabbed a road win over Georgia Tech (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Terry Rozier was steaming downcourt toward the basket. Louisville coach Rick Pitino was up off the bench yelling at him to stop. Either Rozier didn’t hear his coach or he ignored him....

Less than 24 hours after leading Louisville to a win over Miami, Chris Jones kicked off team

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–After an outstanding performance in Saturday’s 55-53 win over Miami that earned Chris Jones praise from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Jones was contrite about the unspecified behavior that led to his one-game suspension earlier in the week.   Among other things, Jones called the suspension “my fault” and...

Less than 24 hours after leading Louisville to a win over Miami, Chris Jones kicked off team

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–After an outstanding performance in Saturday’s 55-53 win over Miami that earned Chris Jones praise from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, Jones was contrite about the unspecified behavior that led to his one-game suspension earlier in the week.   Among other things, Jones called the suspension “my fault” and...

Jones progresses from 'knucklehead' to 'amazing,' leads Cards to win over Miami

Chris Jones returned from a one-game suspension to score 17 points Saturday, helping Louisville snap a two-game losing streak with a win over Miami (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–A few days ago, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called Chris Jones a “knucklehead.” Saturday afternoon he had a more complimentary word for him:...

Jones progresses from ‘knucklehead’ to ‘amazing,’ leads Cards to win over Miami

Chris Jones returned from a one-game suspension to score 17 points Saturday, helping Louisville snap a two-game losing streak with a win over Miami (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–A few days ago, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called Chris Jones a “knucklehead.” Saturday afternoon he had a more complimentary word for him:...

Christmas rains on No. 12 Cardinals' parade as Syracuse holds on for big ACC victory

No. 12 Louisville couldn’t overcome the loss of starting guard Chris Jones or the offensive outburst by Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas in a road loss to the Orangemen (UofL Athletics Photo / USA Today)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Things were bad enough for Louisville’s basketball team going into its important Atlantic Coast Conference game against Syracuse in...

Christmas rains on No. 12 Cardinals’ parade as Syracuse holds on for big ACC victory

No. 12 Louisville couldn’t overcome the loss of starting guard Chris Jones or the offensive outburst by Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas in a road loss to the Orangemen (UofL Athletics Photo / USA Today)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Things were bad enough for Louisville’s basketball team going into its important Atlantic Coast Conference game against Syracuse in...

Cardinals looking to the past for answers following upset loss to unranked Wolfpack

Guard Chris Jones had an off-night shooting, but still lead Louisville in scoring in an upset loss to unranked N.C. State (UofL Athletics Photo)

Cards' Pitino 'overjoyed' with team's record, improvement headed into match with Virginia

UofL coach Rick Pitino is overjoyed with both his team’s record and his players’ recent improvement after a laundry list of shortcomings through the early part of the season (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE – It’s still crowded at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, and Louisville’s game at Virginia Saturday...

Cards’ Pitino ‘overjoyed’ with team’s record, improvement headed into match with Virginia

UofL coach Rick Pitino is overjoyed with both his team’s record and his players’ recent improvement after a laundry list of shortcomings through the early part of the season (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE – It’s still crowded at the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, and Louisville’s game at Virginia Saturday...

Rozier, Jones hope hot streak continues as Cardinals seek revenge against Tar Heels

Louisville coach Rick Pitino has gotten solid guard play of late from Chris Jones (right) and Terry Rozier (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE — Rick Pitino has occasionally mentioned throughout the season that he doesn’t expect standout sophomore guard Terry Rozier to return to the Louisville basketball team next season, but lately the...

Duke, Krzyzewski avoid three-game skid as shooting woes continue for stumbling Cards

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Well, Louisville fans can’t say they weren’t warned.   A week ago, UofL coach Rick Pitino cautioned that the Cardinals’ future would include “bumps in the road,” and since then they’ve dropped two of three games. But the latest defeat was more than simple bump. It was more like a cavernous pothole.   Make...

Pitino has no regrets about pro detours costing him a shot at 1,000-victory plateau

Although his time coaching in the NBA will likely cost him a chance to get to 1,000 college wins, Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he has no regrets (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE – Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s upcoming visit to the KFC Yum Center with his Duke basketball team for the first time gives us an opportunity to play the ‘what-if’...

Pitino has no regrets about his pro detours costing him a shot at 1,000-victory plateau

Although his time coaching in the NBA will likely cost him a chance to get to 1,000 college wins, Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he has no regrets (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE – Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s upcoming visit to the KFC Yum Center with his Duke basketball team for the first time gives us an opportunity to play the ‘what-if’...

Russ Brown: Come-from-ahead loss to Tar Heels will ‘sting for a while,’ Pitino admits

Louisville led by as many as 13 points in the second half only to see North Carolina rally for a last-second victory (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Louisville solved some of its offensive woes for the most part, but the No. 5 Cardinals’ usually-reliable defense let them down in a disappointing 72-71 loss to No. 18/17 North Carolina Saturday afternoon...