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Following ‘dark week,’ new Louisville coach Padgett vows to move forward, get team back to work

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville assistant coach David Padgett was named the Cardinals’ acting head coach for the 2017-18 season, as reported earlier by Kentucky Today, to replace Rick Pitino, who has essentially been fired. The announcement was made by UofL interim president Greg Postel at a press conference late Friday afternoon. At 32, Padgett becomes one of the youngest...

Looking Ahead: Mitchell’s return could be a key for Cards as plenty of veterans, top recruits raise hopes

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Donovan Mitchell sat in front of his locker in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon patiently answering questions while trying to process the fact that Louisville’s college basketball season had ended three games short of its NCAA Final Four goal. “This hurts. This sucks,” Mitchell said. “We...

‘Career day’ by Michigan’s Wagner leaves Louisville on the outside looking in at NCAA Tournament

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent INDIANAPOLIS — Here is Louisville forward Jaylen Johnson’s evaluation of Michigan center Moritz “Moe” Wagner: “He’s going to have a great career.” Uh, Jaylen, he already did. “Wagner had a career day,” said UofL’s Deng Adel. “He was a nightmare matchup for us.” And those nightmares are liable...

Despite lack of tournament experience, Pitino thinks tough schedule has Cards ready to go

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Sitting out last year’s Big Dance as wallflowers under the school’s self-imposed postseason ban means that very few players on Louisville’s current roster have NCAA Tournament experience. In fact, only two — junior guard Quentin Snider and senior center Mangok Mathiang — have logged significant minutes in an NCAA...

Mathiang has a senior moment, leads Cards to victory and a double bye in upcoming ACC tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–At 24 years of age, Mangok Mathiang is the senior citizen of the Louisville basketball team, which is a constant source of amusement for his teammates, who call him the “old guy.” Saturday they should have called him their savior because without a watershed performance from the good-natured, 6-foot-10 Australian they almost certainly...

Louisville holds off Virginia Tech in wild one to post 1,800th victory in program’s 103 seasons

Donovan Mitchell scored 26 points to lead No. 8 Louisville to a wild 94-90 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, marking the 1,800th all-time victory for the Cardinals’ men’s basketball program. Louisville is 10th in the nation in all-time victories with a 1,800-897 record in 103 seasons. Louisville has produced winning seasons in 69 of the last 72 years, including winning 20 or more...

Snider’s return a success as No. 8 Cards pull away from Syracuse with late run in overtime

Louisville scored 10 consecutive points in overtime, including five straight by Anas Mahmoud, to outlast Syracuse 76-72 on Monday night. John Gillon sent the game to overtime for Syracuse on a 3-pointer with 40 seconds to go in regulation that tied the score at 58. The Orange took a 63-61 lead on two free throws by Andrew White, but Louisville scored the next 10 points to take control and hold on. Tyler...

Reinforcements arrive: Cards use late rally to defeat Miami, but Pitino still concerned about defense

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Louisville’s basketball team welcomed back Quentin Snider, Mangok Mathian and Deng Adel with a gritty 71-66 come-from-behind victory over Miami Saturday afternoon in the KFC Yum! Center, but it came attached with both a warning and a pledge from their coach. With an eye on the rapidly-approaching NCAA Tournament, Rick Pitino cautioned that...

Full Strength: Mathiang, Adel apologize to fans for suspension, Snider also back as UofL hosts Miami

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — After a costly one-game suspension, University of Louisville basketball players Mangok Mathiang and Deng Adel will be back on the court when the No. 4 Cardinals (19-5, 7-4 ACC) meet Miami (16-7, 6-5) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center. But before that happens, Mathiang and Adel wanted to apologize to UofL fans for missing curfew, which...

Depleted Cardinals get off to strong start, but fade in second half in ACC loss at Virginia

London Perrantes scored 18 points and No. 12 Virginia used a 22-5 run to begin the second half and beat short-handed No. 4 Louisville 71-55 Monday night. Isaiah Wilkins added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Cavaliers 18-5, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The victory gave Virginia four consecutive victories against the Cardinals, including a sweep of the season series, and moved them...

Mitchell’s outburst fuels Cardinals’ offensive resurgence as N.C. State falls in rout

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — When starting point guard Quentin Snider went to the sidelines with a hip injury, followed by his backup, Tony Hicks, with a broken hand, there were concerns that an already-struggling Louisville offense might encounter even more problems. After all, the Cardinals were already near the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference in nearly all of...

UofL guard Hicks — who replaced injured Snider — lost for six to eight weeks with broken hand

University of Louisville graduate guard Tony Hicks suffered a broken bone in his right hand during the Cardinals’ 106-51 victory at Pittsburgh on Tuesday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks. Hicks broke the bone while fighting for a loose ball in the first half of the game. He finished the game with his fingers taped together and upon further examination this morning, a spiral fracture of his fourth...

Despite Snider’s injury, things are looking up for Cards — thanks to Hicks, Mango, Johnson

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–We are two games into Quentin Snider’s unscheduled absence from the University of Louisville basketball team and there is plenty of reason for optimism in the Cardinal camp, both in the short term and long range. UofL (16-4, 4-3) has more than held its own without Snider, its junior point guard who is sidelined for perhaps another two weeks...

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...

Uphill Battle: Pitino considering his options to replace injured Snider as Cards ready for Clemson

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–There’s no sugarcoating it. Louisville’s basketball team faces an uphill battle trying to adjust and atone for the absence of perhaps its most valuable player, seasoned point guard Quentin Snider, who will be sidelined from two to three weeks with a strained hip flexor suffered in Saturday’s win over Duke. Sophomore forward Deng...

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...

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...

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...

Blackshear, Snider rise to the occasion, help UofL avoid becoming an NCAA upset victim

Wayne Blackshear scored a game-high 19 points to help Louisville avoid UC Irvine’s upset bid in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Seattle ( Jeff Reinking Photo | UofL Athletics)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Grizzled veteran Wayne Blackshear finally transferred his outstanding practices to a game and youngster Quentin Snider looked like he has become comfortable...