Crazy to think it has already been 5 years since the final Louisville game at Freedom Hall. I don’t care how nice the KFC Yum! Center is, I always miss going to games at Freedom Hall. There will never be anything like it. I was in the big minority of people that didn’t even want a new arena. Obviously, the Yum is a much nicer facility, but Freedom Hall will always be special to me. And I think it’s obvious where the better atmosphere was!
The day set up perfectly. Louisville was a bubble team and needed a big win to get into the NCAA Tournament. How about the #1 team in the country coming to town? Would that be a good enough win? It absolutely would. Bring on the Syracuse Orange, who the Cards have made a great little history with over the last few years.
By Justin Renck:
When I think of UofL-Syracuse, the first thing that comes to mind was the final game at Freedom Hall, or the “Kyle Kuric show”. It is kind of weird to even think that before this game, Kuric was never really a main player for UofL. He was ending his sophomore year and only averaging about 2 points per game. After this game, he went on to be a fan favorite (of course) but also play a main role for UofL for his last 2 seasons.
ESPN’s College Gameday will be making its first appearance at the KFC Yum! Center in the 2012-13 season! They will be in town when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish come to Louisville. The date has not been announced yet, but obviously it will be on a Saturday during conference play, so likely January or February.
Tonight, the Cardinals will honor 3 seniors on the basketball team: Kyle Kuric, Chris Smith, and Jared Swopshire. These 3 have helped the Cards win 98 games in the last 4 seasons. Senior night activities will begin at 6:45 tonight. Here is a little write-up on each senior…
In Coach Pitino’s first season at UofL, the #4 Cincinnati Bearcats came into Freedom Hall…