The University of Louisville and Indiana University both released statements today on new UofL Assistant Basketball coach Kenny Johnson.
Rick Pitino Statement:
“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did whenKevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”
Tom Crean Statement:
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson will be hired at Louisville to replace Kevin Keatts on Rick Pitino’s staff. Johnson is most known for his ability to recruit, and most see this as a huge hire for Pitino.
To learn more about Johnson, here is his bio from IUHoosiers.com:
• Joined head coach Tom Crean’s staff on May 1, 2012, after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Towson University.
• A native of Oxon Hill, Md., served as associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.
We posted months ago that the Louisville Cardinals would be facing the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2014-15 season as part of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Today, the date and time were finalized.
The game will take place on December 9 at 9 p.m. ET and it will be shown on ESPN. Villanova will face Maryland at 7:00 p.m., so obviously that 9:00 tipoff will be closer to 9:30 or 10.
So far, this gives Louisville a few marquee non-conference games. They open the season against Richard Pitino and Minnesota, and of course they face Kentucky, and now Indiana.
All-time, Louisville and Indiana have met 16 times, with the Hoosiers holding a 10-6 advantage. The Cardinals won the last matchup 95-76 on Feb. 1, 2003, at Freedom Hall. Francisco Garcia came off the bench and scored 23 points, while Reece Gaines (17), Ellis Myles (13), and Luke Whitehead (11) each tallied double-figure points.
Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall. Ticket prices range from $15-275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008, and online at http://www.Ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
According to this article from the IndyStar, the Louisville Cardinals will finally face the Indiana Hoosiers again in basketball in the 2014-15 season! It will be apart of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2014! They have not played each other since the 2002-2003 season.
The article does note that there is a contract for this game, but until ESPN finalizes the game, it is premature to call it official. This is still way more progress than we have seen before, so it should be very exciting if it happens!
The IU Tailgate Tour made its stop at Huber’s on Wednesday evening. That is their version of our Cardinal Caravan. Tom Crean was there, and was asked by WHAS 11’s Adam Lefkoe about the chances of renewing the rivalry between the Cards and Hoosiers on the court. Here is what Crean had to say…
By Justin Renck:
Another awesome finish in the Louisville-Marquette series happened on February 17, 2005. The 3rd ranked Cards trailed by 11 to unranked Marquette with 5:38 left in the game. After trailing 61-50, Louisville put the clamps on and Marquette did not score the rest of the game.
By Justin Renck:
February 15, 2003 was one of the best games in the Louisville-Marquette series. The game was played in Milwaukee, WI at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Cards entered the game ranked 2nd in the country, and Marquette was ranked 11th.
Happy Birthday to our future Hoosier, Troy Williams. He is going to be a highlight show at IU and bring a major motor to us. Unlimited pot.—
Tom Crean (@TomCrean) December 30, 2012
Somebody may want to tell Crean he is in Indiana not Washington. Not legal quite yet.