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Cards overcome loss of Snider behind Adel, Mitchell to throttle Clemson for fourth straight victory

Deng Adel scored 18 points to match a career-high, Donovan Mitchell scored 18 in the first half and No. 12 Louisville closed on a 10-0 run to pull away from Clemson 92-60 on Thursday night. Playing their first game without injured point guard Quentin Snider (strained hip), the Cardinals (16-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) initially struggled to find a rhythm with numerous combinations. Mitchell scored...

Cards avoid giving Pitino another sleepless night, defeat Duke 78-69 with a ‘terrific’ performance

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–It’s safe to say that Rick Pitino was due to spend a more peaceful evening Saturday than he did a few nights ago. After his Louisville basketball team blew most of a 26-point lead and hung on to beat Pittsburgh 85-80, the angry (his description) coach spent a mostly sleepless night in his office after watching film of the game with his staff. “He...

Cards open crucial homestand with Pittsburgh; Pitino likes the Spalding-Mahmoud combination

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Louisville’s basketball team has finished running the gauntlet of four consecutive games against Top-25 teams, but that doesn’t mean the No. 14/15 Cardinals (13-3, 1-2 ACC) can relax. Not in the rugged Atlantic Coast Conference and not with having already put themselves in a hole by losing a home game. The Cards are now gearing up for...

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....

Change of scenery for Mitchell provides spark as Louisville puts the clamps on Hoosiers

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent Turns out all Donovan Mitchell needed was a change of scenery, and coach Rick Pitino was happy to oblige. Mitchell’s new vantage point was the Louisville bench. That’s where the sophomore guard began Saturday’s game against No. 16 Indiana in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis after being in the starting lineup all previous 13 games. Mitchell...

Cards hoping to bounce back against Indiana after Cavs’ ‘kryptonite’ proves too much again

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — There was one sliver of good news for the University of Louisville basketball team Wednesday night in the wake of another loss to Virginia, this one 61-53 in the KFC Yum! Center. The No. 6 Cardinals (11-2), who saw a six-game winning streak snapped in falling to the Cavaliers for the fourth time in the last five meetings, could at least take...

Cards seeking faster start, say they’re confident, ready for looming battle against Kentucky

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Forget the 31-point margin that served as the University of Louisville basketball team’s final tuneup for Wednesday night’s showdown with Kentucky. Throw out the gaudy statistics, such as 14 blocked shots and a 16-rebound advantage. The No. 11 Cardinals (10-1) know those numbers, which came during an 87-56 rout of Eastern Kentucky...

Late first-half scoring flurry fuels No. 11 Louisville’s 87-56 romp past Eastern Kentucky

No. 11 Louisville closed the first half on a 20-0 run as the Cardinals pulled away to defeat the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 87-56, on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center EKU silenced the Yum! Center crowd early, as the Colonels ran out to a 7-0 lead when junior forward Zach Charles threw down a dunk at the 18:11 mark of the first half. EUK’s Isaac McGlone scored...

Balanced attack allows No. 14 Louisville to hold off Purdue in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Ray Spalding and Mangok Mathiang each scored 11 points and Donovan Mitchell contributed seven critical points down the stretch to help No. 14 Louisville hold off No. 15 Purdue 71-64 on Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Seeking a rebound from their second-half collapse against Baylor in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship when they lost a 22-point lead, the Cardinals held Purdue to a season-low...

160 Minutes: Time quickly running out for Louisville’s basketball season and seniors Lee and Lewis

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Even more so than most of the 351 NCAA Division I basketball teams, the University of Louisville’s season is defined by time. Not days or hours, but minutes. And that’s especially true for UofL’s two senior starters, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis. “We have 160 minutes of college basketball to play that will be put on film...

Cards must improve road performances if ACC title is the goal; visit to Pitt the next challenge

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — During their stint in the Big East Conference and continuing last season in its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Louisville basketball players earned a reputation as road warriors due to their success away from the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals had the best road record in the Big East during their last four years...

Cardinals overcome pain, emotion of ban, to rout Boston College behind senior Lewis

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Off the court it had been a traumatic, emotionally-draining 24 hours, one that tested their resolve and resiliency. On the court, it was the same old University of Louisville basketball team, rolling past an overmatched opponent. This time the victim was hapless Boston College (7-16, 0-10 ACC). Even with the pain of learning they were banned...

Tougher than Expected: Low-rated Wake Forest battles Louisville to the wire before Cards prevail

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Hmmm. Maybe the first half or so of Louisville’s Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule, which consists mostly of teams picked to finish in the bottom half of the league, will be tougher than expected. At least it would be easy to draw that conclusion based on the 18th-ranked Cardinals’ struggles in their ACC opener, a 65-57...

Unofficial champions of the Western Athletic Conference, Cards step up in class to take on Cats

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Forget RPI, power rankings or any of the other metrics used to determine strength of schedule among college basketball teams. The NAMES of Louisville’s opponents say it all. They range from monikers that summon visions of a monastery (St. Francis Brooklyn), a national park (Grand Canyon), a scenic western U.S. landscape (Utah Valley) and...