The Louisville Cardinals ended their season in a way that they would probably like to forget. For the second time this season, the Virginia defense was too much as the Cards had no answer for the famous Packline. The Cards shot 27.6% while Virginia impressively finished at 51.3%. 27 fouls were called on the visiting Louisville team compared to just 14 for Virginia. Don’t let that stat fool you, yes some bad calls were made but Virginia was just that much more aggressive and earned the majority of those calls.
It was disheartening to watch the final game of this amazing team be played that way, but that’s how it goes sometimes. I’ve been a Louisville fan my entire life and for the first time I can honestly say this team gave 100% effort all 40 minutes of every game. Damion Lee’s advice to his younger self was, “play every game like it’s your last.” There’s no doubt in my mind that this team followed that motto. As sad as it is, we knew this day would come when the ban was announced about a month ago from today. This team’s season is over and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Thank you Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, I wish we could have the opportunity to watch you lead a March run but I know you both still have big things waiting for you. Thank you for your time, leadership, maturity, heart, and most of all thank you for bringing back the true love of basketball to the city. This season will be one I never forget, and though I’m morose thinking about what could have been, I know I watched the start of a new era this year. The Cards will be back with a vengeance next year, just wait on it. As my brother Chris Bodden always says, Rick Pitino is “up to something.” Look out college basketball, next year could be another banner year in Louisville. Go Cards!