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UofL’s backcourt depth, Purdue’s size concerns Pitino in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–Rick Pitino says he learned a lot about his University of Louisville basketball team during its three-game stand in the Battle 4 Atlantis last week. He’s likely to learn a lot more Wednesday night, and we’ll learn whether Pitino stays faithful to his post-Bahamas promise. The opponent is No. 15/16 Purdue (5-1) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge,...

Billy Reed: SI report that UofL sports is ‘dangerous to women’ just isn’t true or fair

A few weeks ago, I introduced Tom Jurich at the first Women In Sports Heroes banquet sponsored by the Louisville Women in Sports Network. He was the speaker, but he also received an award for his role in supporting both the spirit and the letter of Title IX in his 18-year career as athletics director at the University of Louisville.   I’ve known Tom throughout his time at UofL, and I can promise...

Nerlens Noel drafted with No. 6 pick;
Dieng, Goodwin also selected in first round

Staff report   For almost 10 minutes it appeared that UK fans would finally get to see former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel play together, but the New Orleans Pelicans traded Noel after selecting him with the No. 6 pick.   After drafting Noel, the Pelicans, who took Davis No. 1 overall in 2012, traded him to Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.   Noel...

Nerlens Noel drafted with No. 6 pick; Dieng, Goodwin also selected in first round

Staff report   For almost 10 minutes it appeared that UK fans would finally get to see former Wildcats Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel play together, but the New Orleans Pelicans traded Noel after selecting him with the No. 6 pick.   After drafting Noel, the Pelicans, who took Davis No. 1 overall in 2012, traded him to Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports.   Noel...

Wesley Eversole: High-stakes games, coaching intrigue make UK-UofL best rivalry

Chances are, if you ask the average person what the best rivalry in college basketball is, nine times out of ten, they will tell you that it is Duke versus North Carolina.   With nine NCAA Championships and 33 Final Fours between them, it would be hard to argue with that statement, but I believe a case can be made for another rivalry as the best in college basketball. That rivalry, of course,...

Louisville overcomes double-digit deficit to win first national championship since 1986

Staff report   The Louisville men’s basketball team rallied from a 12-point first half deficit to earn the program’s third NCAA championship with an 82-76 win versus Michigan.   The Cardinals, the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament, used an 11-0 run beginning at the 2:36 mark in the first half to turn a 36-26 deficit into a 37-36 lead. Louisville trailed by one at the half but...

Hours before coaching in national title game, Pitino announced as Hall of Fame inductee

Current Louisville coach and former UK head coach Rick Pitino has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.   Rick Pitino. (File photo by Jon Hale) Pitino has lead three different schools to NCAA Final Four appearances: Providence College, UK and Louisville. He led UK to the 1996 National Championship and then reached the title game again with the Wildcats the following year.   He...

Louisville rallies from double-digit deficit
vs. Wichita State to earn spot in title game

Staff report   The University of Louisville men’s basketball team is one win away from its first national championship since 1986.   On Saturday, the No. 1 seed Cardinals rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to earn ad 72-68 win versus No. 9 seed Wichita State in the Final Four. The Shockers opened the game on an 8-0 run and led 47-35 with 13:39 remaining before Louisville rallied...

Louisville rallies from double-digit deficit vs. Wichita State to earn spot in title game

Staff report   The University of Louisville men’s basketball team is one win away from its first national championship since 1986.   On Saturday, the No. 1 seed Cardinals rallied from a 12-point second half deficit to earn ad 72-68 win versus No. 9 seed Wichita State in the Final Four. The Shockers opened the game on an 8-0 run and led 47-35 with 13:39 remaining before Louisville rallied...

Wesley Eversole: UofL athletic department has chance at rare double championship

Since NCAA Division I women’s basketball began sponsoring a national postseason tournament in 1982, there has only been one year in which the same school has won both the men’s and women’s title.   That year was 2004, when Connecticut’s men’s team defeated Georgia Tech for their second title and the women’s team defeated Tennessee for their fifth title. That number of dual champions...

UofL surgeon: Ware's prognosis after injury helped with advancements in treatment

Modern orthopaedic treatments can enable University of Louisville men’s basketball player Kevin Ware to come back from the devastating injury he sustained in the Cardinals’ win over Duke Sunday, said the chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UofL.   Dr. Craig Roberts. (Photo from UofL) Dr. Craig Roberts spoke about Ware’s injury and his good chances for recovery after the Cardinals...

Wesley Eversole: Wildcat fans could face worst-case scenario with Duke/UofL game

On Friday, Louisville will take on Oregon and Duke will face Michigan State in the NCAA Midwest Regional Semifinals in Indianapolis. If both Louisville and Duke win, setting up a regional final match on Sunday, UK fans could face a difficult decision as to which team to root for.   It is well known that neither school is liked by UK fans for various reasons (Louisville because they’re the in-state...

Colorado State no problem for No. 1 seed Louisville in round of 32 game at Rupp Arena

Staff report   The University of Louisville men’s basketball team advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament with an 82-56 win versus Colorado State Saturday.   The Cards made 56.4 percent of their field goals (31-55) and forced 20 Colorado State turnovers. Louisville earned a 29-to-24 rebounding advantage versus the Rams, who lead the nation in rebounding margin.   Guard...

Louisville rolls to blowout win versus
North Carolina A&T in NCAA opener at Rupp

Staff report   The University of Louisville had no trouble avoiding becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in a 79-48 win versus North Carolina A&T.   The Cards started the game on a 16-4 run and led 47-31 at halftime. Louisville held North Carolina A&T scoreless for a nine minute stretch in the first half.   Louisville will face No. 8 seed Colorado State on...

Louisville rolls to blowout win versus North Carolina A&T in NCAA opener at Rupp

Staff report   The University of Louisville had no trouble avoiding becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed in a 79-48 win versus North Carolina A&T.   The Cards started the game on a 16-4 run and led 47-31 at halftime. Louisville held North Carolina A&T scoreless for a nine minute stretch in the first half.   Louisville will face No. 8 seed Colorado State on...

No. 1 seed Louisville headlines Thursday NCAA Tournament action at Rupp Arena

Staff report   The NCAA Tournament may be taking place without UK this season, but Lexington is still playing a major role.   Rupp Arena will host four round of 64 tournament games beginning Thursday, including the University of Louisville’s first tournament game.   “Tomorrow to play here in Lexington is weird, not playing against Kentucky, but we look forward to it,”...