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‘Deplorable’ defense in shocking loss to Pittsburgh, among other flaws, raise questions for Cardinals

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today It’s always risky to read too much into either a win or a defeat by a college basketball team, but there are good losses and there are bad losses. And Louisville’s 89-86 overtime shocker at Pittsburgh Wednesday night definitely landed in the bad category — but not only because it came against one of the worst teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It’s...

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...

Former U of L, Murray State football player Zeke Pike, once destined for greatness, arrested again

NKyTribune staff Former University of Louisville and Murray State football player Ezekiel “Zeke” Pike, who was dismissed from three different college football programs due to problems away from the field, is in trouble with the law again. Zeke Pike (80) converted from quarterback to tight end at Louisville in 2013. Pike caught one pass in limited playing time during the 2013 campaign. (Photo...

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...

Tough day at the office for Stoops, Wildcats in Governor’s Cup loss to rival Louisville

Kentucky running back Benny Snell rushed for 211 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-17 loss to Louisville Saturday at Kroger Field (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It was a bad day at the office for Mark Stoops. Although sitting through Kentucky’s 44-17 loss to rival Louisville made his day one to forget, his troubles began late Friday night when senior Nick Hayes sent a...

Wildcats not satisfied, yearning for more going into home finale against rival Louisville

Kentucky quarterback Stephen Johnson will be among 25 seniors who will be honored prior to Saturday’s home finale against rival Louisville in the Governor’s Cup. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite posting its best back-to-back finish in the Southeastern Conference in nearly two decades, Kentucky isn’t satisfied and is yearning for more going into Saturday’s...

Cardinals looking to recreate dominate run game in Saturday’s matchup with Demon Deacons

Outside of a 34-point fourth quarter in last season’s football matchup, Louisville and Wake Forest have played a couple of games down to the wire. The Demon Deacons led the Cardinals last year 12-3 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium before Louisville exploded for a 44-12 win. In 2015, Lamar Jackson threw two touchdown passes and Louisville forced five turnovers in the second half in a 20-19...

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...

Could Rick Pitino’s roller-coaster tenure at Louisville soon be coming to a shameful end?

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Like many of you, I admired Rick Pitino and his ability to lead Kentucky from probation to jubilation during his tenure as coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. He was a rock star in the Bluegrass and he knew it. Charged to lead the Wildcats back to the promise land following NCAA violations during the end of the Eddie Sutton era, Pitino was a breath of fresh air and the right...

Cardinals’ men’s basketball schedule filled with teams from 2017 NCAA Tournament field

Appearances in three special early season events, at least 19 games on national television and 21 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the demanding 2017-18 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule during its fourth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A total of 21 of the Cardinals’ 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition...

Cardinals hope offense will light up the Lucas Oil Stadium scoreboard in opener against Purdue

The Louisville Cardinals’ offensive numbers a season ago – 42.5 points and 532.7 yards per game – were astonishing. Matching that output, let alone surpassing it, is difficult to fathom given both of those were top-10 marks nationally. However, the Carinals have plenty of firepower – led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Lamar Jackson – returning as the team gets set to open the 2017...

Louisville takes aim at Florida State, Clemson in highly-competitive ACC race

By Russ Brown KyForward Correspondent If there was one glaring reminder Thursday during the kickoff of the two-day Atlantic Coast Conference Media Days in Charlotte, N.C., of how fast things can change in college football it was apparent in the person of Lamar Jackson. Last year at this time, Jackson was a relative unknown, coming off a promising but up and down freshman season as a part-time starter...

Cats’ White drafted by Mariners in MLB Draft; Cards’ star McKay chosen as fourth overall pick by D-Rays

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Evan White is going to the next level and Louisville standout Brendan McKay also is taking his two-way act to the major leagues. The University of Kentucky first baseman was the 17th overall pick by the Seattle Mariners in the Major League Baseball Draft Monday night, becoming the fifth player in school history chosen in the opening round. He joins Alex...

Cats fall behind early as Louisville grabs upper hand with 5-2 win in Super Regional series opener

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer LOUISVILLE — Louisville grabbed the upper hand in its three-game series against rival Kentucky with a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats Friday afternoon at Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals (51-10) take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series going into Saturday’s contest that will feature ace pitchers Sean Hjelle (Kentucky) and Louisville’s Brendan McKay....

Wildcats want to make more history in NCAA Super Regional series against rival Louisville

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Editor Kentucky made history last weekend in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. In order to reach another milestone, the Wildcats will need to get past their biggest rival in the Super Regionals. Kentucky opens a best-of-three series at No. 7 Louisville Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium. A second game will be Saturday and a finale on Sunday, if necessary....

Ellis, second-ranked Cards on a roll as momentum builds down the stretch for NCAA postseason play

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After practice Monday afternoon, Drew Ellis hit the links for a round of golf with a few of his University of Louisville baseball teammates, one of the ways he tries to relieve the pressure of being one of the top players on one of the best college teams in America. “I try to stay relaxed, stay as loose as possible and just have fun with...

Louisville All-American McKay bashes four home runs, drives in nine to key Cards past EKU

All-American Brendan McKay matched a school record with four home runs and finished with a career-best nine RBI to lead the No. 2 Louisville baseball team to a 14-4 road victory against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at Earle Combs Stadium. The four home runs for McKay equaled the school record total first achieved by Jim LaFountain against Western Kentucky on April 24, 1976. Tuesday’s...

UK records rare triple play, fends off late rally in 11-7 victory over instate rival Louisville

Playing in front of a record crowd, No. 10 Kentucky came out of the gates with a five-run first inning on the way to an 11-7 victory over No. 2 Louisville in the first of four games against Top 10 opponents this week at Cliff Hagan Stadium.   The Cats (26-12, 10-5 SEC) blitzed their in-state rival for 11 runs in the first four innings, igniting the Cliff Hagan record crowd of 4,018 fans. Five consecutive...