Category Archives: Basketball

Louisville’s Bench Propels Cardinals To Second Round Play

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The top-seeded Louisville Cardinals powered through a sluggish first half to blow out the 16th seeded Boise State Broncos, 74 – 42. With Louisville’s leading scorers struggling to grab buckets today, the Cardinals looked to its bench for momentum.

Louisville head coach Jeff Walz let his feelings be known early when he pulled a few of the Cardinals’ starters and replaced them with Kylee Shook and Bianca Dunham. Coach Walz was not getting what he wanted from his starters. But, Shook and Dunham turned the game around making an immediate impact.

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Ticket Information For Men’s Second Round NIT Game

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department :

Ticket Information for NIT Second Round in the KFC Yum! Center

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has advanced to the second round of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament in a game to be played in the KFC Yum! Center against Middle Tennessee on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Season ticket holders in premium locations will be emailed instructions today for the right to claim their seats until noon on Thursday. Tickets located in the club sections, courtside, suites, terrace and premium boxes are $20 each for first round games. Men’s basketball season ticket holders will receive an email as well with instructions for a presale opportunity to purchase tickets beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday. All remaining seats will go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 3 p.m. Non-premium lower arena seats are $12 and student tickets are $6 each.

Tickets will be on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street, or the KFC Yum! Center box office. Cardinal fans may also purchase the tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online at, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.


Louisville Earns One Seed In Lexington Regional


For the first time in program history, the Louisville Cardinals earned a one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals will take on the Lexington Region, which includes the two-seed Baylor, three-seed Tennessee, fifth-seeded Missouri and familiar foe 11-seeded Western Kentucky University.

Louisville, being a top-four seed, gained home court advantage and will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Put your PTO or half day requests in now. The Cardinals will tip off tournament play on Friday at Noon against Boise State.

This marks the Cardinals 21st tournament appearance and its eighth consecutive appearance. Louisville, under Coach Jeff Walz, boasts a 23 – 9 tournament record with seven Sweet Sixteens, and two Final Fours in the last nine tournament appearances.

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TWICA: March 12th

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen, to This Week In Cardinal Athletics (sorry for the long lay-off by the way)! Our Spring sports are in full swing (As well as both basketball teams heading into the post-season), so let’s get started!

Softball (19-5)

Vs Bradley: W 10-8

Vs UMASS: W 5-4

Vs UMASS: L 2-5

Vs Eastern Michigan: W 10-6

Vs Bradley: W 6-3

This Week: 3/14 Vs Northern Illinois (5 PM, ACC Network Extra), 3/16-18 Vs Notre Dame (4 PM, 1 PM, 12 PM, All on ACC Network Extra)

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Louisville Set To Face NKU In NIT

The second seeded Louisville Cardinal are set to face the seventh seeded Northern Kentucky Norse in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

This is Louisville’s first appearance in the NIT since 2006. The Cardinals lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the semifinal round.


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Donovan Mitchell Inspiring UofL Fans And Former Teammates With Electric Rookie Season

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UofL has endured losing a banner and a coach. It has endured a tumultuous season with arguably more downs than ups. Even though he no longer wears a UofL uniform, Donovan Mitchell has provided the university and the city with a little light in a sea of darkness.

Journalist Eric Woodyard traveled to Louisville to see the unique connection Donovan Mitchell has to his college town. He talked with UofL students, UofL fans, and current players Ryan McMahon and Deng Adel to see what impact Donovan’s electric rookie year has had on them.

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The Barbour Shop: Despite UofL Basketball’s Disappointing Season, I Still Got This Team’s Back


This UofL basketball season has been, well, disappointing. It was a letdown before practice even started. We lost a coach, an Athletic Director, and our sanity. Our team of great young men were forced to endure more mega media attention and questions about scandals they had no part in. People pelted them with cheap insults and petty taunts.

This team has talent yet it seems they can’t find a way to mesh it together to work properly and consistently. I think it’s a byproduct of scandal fatigue for the team. We fans have it and it’s obvious the players do. Nearly all of the Cards issues are mental. It’s as if they think too much and are slow to react on the floor. So many mental lapses led to the only consistency being inconsistency.

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Durr, Hines-Allen Earn USA Today All-American Honors

Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen have both earned USA Today All-American honors for Louisville.

Durr, the ACC Player of the Year, was named a USA Today First Team All-American. Durr is averaging a team-best 19.5 points, and leads the ACC in 3-point field goals made.

Hines-Allen was named a USA Today Third Team All-American. The Senior was named First Team All-ACC and also earned the title of ACC Tournament MVP. Hines-Allen leads the ACC in rebounds with 9.9 per game.

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UofL Alumni Association Hosting Events In NYC

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Are you a UofL alum who made the trip to New York to watch the Cardinals play in the ACC tournament? Here is some information on different events going on throughout your time there!

Experience The ACC Championship: Photo & Video

Check out some of the photos and videos of Louisville celebrating its first ACC Tournament Championship.

ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Field Set

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The field is set and UofL looks to secure their spot in the NCAA tournament on Wednesday against Florida State. The game will tip off at noon on ESPN/ACCN.

Louisville Tops Notre Dame For ACC Championship


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Greensboro, N.C. — The top seeded Louisville Cardinals are the 2018 ACC Conference Champions.

The Cardinals have not won a conference tournament championship since 1993 when Louisville won the Metro Conference Tournament Championship.

In a game that had 14 lead changes and eight ties, the Cardinals outlasted the four time ACC Conference Champions Notre Dame.

In the previous meeting between the two teams, Louisville handed Notre Dame its worst loss of the season, in a 100 – 67 decision.

The Fighting Irish looked to avenge the blowout, this time with the ACC Conference Tournament Championship on the line.

And they nearly succeeded.

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Louisville Advances To ACC Championship Behind 64 – 59 Victory


Greensboro, N.C. — For the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the top seeded Louisville Cardinals will play for the ACC Championship. Louisville bounced back from another sluggish start to overcome the North Carolina State Wolfpack in a 64 – 59 decision

But, the Cardinals have not had an easy road. Both Virginia Tech and North Carolina State have given Louisville a run for its money.

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Asia Durr Named Wooden Award Finalist

Junior guard, Asia Durr, has been named a John R. Wooden Award Finalist.

Durr is one of 15 players competing for the prestigious award, which recognizes the most outstanding player in college hoops.

The Douglasville, Georgia native is averaging 19.2 points per game and has knocked down more than 99 triples this season.

Vote For Hines-Allen, Durr For Player Of The Year Awards

CardNation, Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen need your help.

Durr is one of five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award for best shooting guard and Hines-Allen is one of five finalists for the Katrina McClain Award for best power forward.

Through March 23rd, go to HoopHall Awards and vote for Durr and Hines-Allen.


Louisville Survives And Advances Behind Hines-Allen’s 21 Points


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Greensboro, N.C. — The top seeded Louisville Cardinals held off Virginia Tech behind a stellar performance from its forwards.

Louisville’s leading scorer, Asia Durr, started out 0-of-8 from the field and picked up two fouls before knocking down her first bucket, a three-pointer, midway through the second frame.

With Durr rendered ineffective, Louisville struggled to keep up with Virginia Tech’s lights out shooting. Knocking down three triples in the first five minutes and seven in the first half alone, the Cardinals had its hands full.

“A lot of people stepped up in game when Asia was struggling from the field,” Hines-Allen said. “That’s what makes us such a great team because anyone can step up. It’s anyone’s game when we’re playing how we normally play.”


Most effective for the Hokies was freshman Aisha Sheppard who fired off four of Virginia Tech’s seven three-pointers.

Louisville looked to junior forward Sam Fuehring to keep the Cardinals in the game. Fuehring racked up nine points, on 4 – of – 6 shooting, and five rebounds. Her dominance on the defensive glass kept Virginia Tech from getting easy second chance points.

Despite picking up two fouls early in the first period and spending time on the bench, Louisville senior and former ACC Player of the Year, Myisha Hines-Allen started to heat up before the half. Hines-Allen only played 10 minutes in the first half, but she was able to contribute five points and two boards.

Nearly everything that could go wrong for Louisville in the first, did go wrong. The Cardinals could not find its groove. Players were in foul trouble. Durr only hit two field goals. Virginia Tech could not miss from beyond the arc. At the half, Louisville trailed 39 – 33.

“We knew they were going to give us their best shot,” Myisha Hines-Allen told the media.  “They are going to play hard for 40 minutes and we weren’t too caught up in the score. We knew what we had to do to adjust so we can win the game.”

And adjust it did. Louisville came out of the half re-energized and focused. Hines-Allen picked up nine easy points in the first five minutes, taking Louisville on a 7 – 0 run by herself. Hines-Allen, unfortunately, picked up her fourth foul with 4:54 remaining in the third quarter, but it did not phase the Cardinals.

Louisville extended the run, outscoring Virginia Tech 14 – 2 to take a 49 – 43 lead. The Cardinals collected 23 points in the third frame, 13 of which came from Louisville forwards, Fuehring and Hines-Allen.

But, the Hokies refused to quit. Taylor Emery, who was unconscious throughout the entire game, and Rachel Camp grabbed four quick points to bring Virginia Tech within two.

When the momentum started to shift, Fuehring provided a spark for the Cardinals, hitting a crucial jump-shot to lead Louisville on a 7- 0 run. Heading into the final period, Louisville held a 56 – 52 advantage.

Virginia Tech was able to pull within one, 60 – 59, before Fuehring and Hines-Allen led Louisville to another 7 – 0 run. Hines-Allen grabbed five quick points firing off a three-pointer and grabbing a layup.

Louisville coach Jeff Walz joked in the post game press conference that the team said a prayer when Hines-Allen fired off the triple.

Hines-Allen responded, “it was answered.”

With 3:40 remaining and the momentum in Louisville’s favor, the game seemed over.

However, in March, nothing is as it seems. Emery, refused to go down without a fight. The junior guard connected on two triples and a layup to, again, bring Virginia Tech within striking distance. But, it was too late.

Despite outscoring Louisville, 11 – 6 in the final three minutes, the Cardinals held on to grab a 73 – 70 victory.

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Carter, Fuehring and Jones Named To All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team

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Arica Carter, San Fuehring and Jazmine Jones have been named to the All-ACC Women’s Basketball Academic Team.

To qualify, the student-athlete much have earned a 3.0 GPA for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA during ones academic career.

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Myisha Hines-Allen Named 2018 Katrina McClain Award Finalist

The accolades keep rolling in this week for the Cardinals. Today, it was announced that Louisville senior, Myisha Hines-Allen has been tabbed as a finalist for the 2018 Katrina McClain Award.

The award, in its inaugural year, honors the top Power Forward in Division I Women’s Basketball.

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Coach Jeff Walz Named ACC Coach Of The Year

Coach Jeff Walz is the 2018 ACC Coach of the Year.

This marks Coach Walz’s first Coach of the Year honor.

Under Coach Walz, the Cardinals are 29 – 2 this season, a program-best. Louisville earned its first ACC Regular Season Title despite returning only two starters from a season ago.

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Asia Durr Named ACC Player Of The Year

No surprise here. Asia Durr is your 2018 ACC Player of the Year.

The Douglasville, Georgia native was also tabbed the ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

The selection of Durr marks the second time in three years that a Louisville player has earned the title. In 2015-16, Myisha Hines-Allen took home the honor.

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