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Cardinals ready for return to the court after COVID cancellations, face Syracuse Wednesday in Louisville

After a 16-day break for COVID-related issues and having four games postponed, Louisville plays its second straight at home in the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Syracuse Orange on Wednesday. In its last game on Feb. 1, Louisville beat Georgia Tech 74-58 in the KFC Yum! Center as two Cardinals produced double-doubles in David Johnson with 10 rebounds and a career-high 24 points, and Samuell...

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...

Coach Chris Mack returns excitement to Louisville basketball, earns praise from Kentucky’s Calipari

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Chris Mack’s first Louisville basketball team is only seven games into the season, but he and the Cardinals have already attracted the attention of a notable peer. Kentucky coach John Calipari complimented Mack on his radio show Monday night and seemed to indicate that he has given some thought to Dec. 29, when UK will face UofL in the KFC Yum! Center. “Those...

Louisville’s Ryan McMahon’s small stature eclipsed by his outsized value to Cardinals offense

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Listed at an unimposing six feet and with limited athletic ability, compared to his teammates and most opposing players, Ryan McMahon is nevertheless capable of having an outsized impact for Louisville’s basketball. He proved it Tuesday night in leading the Cardinals (4-2) to an 82-78 overtime upset win against No. 9 Michigan State in the raucous KFC Yum! Center....

Louisville coach Chris Mack says Cardinals need to work on consistency, improve on the ‘little things’

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today After getting almost unanimously favorable reviews for their performance in losing causes in the Big Apple over the weekend – okay, their coach wasn’t impressed, but that’s pretty much the norm so far – Louisville’s basketball players get a chance to impress the home folks in yet another game against a marquee opponent. UofL (3-2) will take...

Rick Pitino returns for visit to Louisville, and book signing, with more of the same as he seeks closure

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Anyone who tuned in either in person or on a streaming version to hear Rick Pitino’s return to Louisville Friday night expecting anything different than what the former Louisville basketball coach had repeatedly said previously was disappointed. Pitino’s book signing and interview sponsored by the Courier-Journal at the downtown Omni Hotel was basically more...

Kentucky expecting tough game and a war against rival Louisville

Kentucky coach John Calipari is 8-2 against rival Louisville in his tenure as coach of the Wildcats. The two rivals meet Friday at Rupp Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (Jeff Houchin Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Hamidou Diallo and his Kentucky teammates weren’t very happy following an 83-75 loss to UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic last weekend. “Every loss makes us mad,” Diallo said. “Losing...

Kentucky Hoops suffers third straight setback in 87-63 loss to rival Louisville

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky was no match for fourth-ranked Louisville. Asia Durr scored 32 points to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinals to an 87-63 win over the Wildcats Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Durr set a school record with 47 points in a 95-90 overtime win over Ohio State last month and tallied 36 points in a win over Syracuse last season. “Asia (Durr) shoots the heck out of the...

Keith Taylor: Pitino’s stunning fall from grace at Louisville no cause for celebration

I feel for Rick Pitino. I really do. Never mind he’s now the former coach at Louisville, Kentucky’s main rival in the Bluegrass. Never mind the fact that he led the University of Kentucky from probation to jubilation. Never mind that he’s a Hall of Fame coach who won’t be able to leave his profession with dignity, because of a recent recruiting scandal that ultimately cost him his job. Pitino’s...

Keith Taylor: College basketball one part of Kentucky’s rich and deep heritage

Happy birthday, Kentucky. Once considered a part of Virginia, the Bluegrass State celebrates its 225th birthday as a Commonwealth Thursday. This state has plenty to acknowledge since its existence began more than two centuries ago when it became the 15th settlement to join the union. John Calipari has returned Kentucky to the forefront in college basketball (Keith Taylor Photo) Known traditionally...

Snider steals the show from UK’s guards as Cards snap losing streak to Cats

By Russ Brown KyForward Correspondent As Quentin Snider made his way to the middle of the University of Louisville basketball locker room, a teammate handed him a Santa Claus hat to wear for the benefit of the TV cameras and he unhesitatingly put it on. How appropriate, because Snider definitely played the role of jolly St. Nick for the Cardinals, delivering an exciting 73-70 victory over Kentucky...

Keith Taylor: It will become tougher for Pitino to keep calm and carry on as probe unfolds

Louisville coach Rick Pitino finds himself dealing with a investigation as the season draws near   Scandals are nothing new in college athletics. They’ve been around for decades.   However, things have changed in the modern era, with a heavy emphasis placed on recruiting. In an effort to gain an edge on the recruiting trail, some college coaching staffs and coaches are willing to do whatever...

Louisville center Chinanu Onuaku earns gold medal as part of USA Basketball U19 team

Chinanu Onuaku reacting to a play against Michigan State in the Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. (Photo from UofL)   University of Louisville forward/center Chinanu Onuaku earned a gold medal Sunday as a member of the USA Basketball U19 team, defeating Croatia 79-71 in overtime Sunday in the title game of the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship in Heraklion, Crete,...