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When news broke Tuesday that UofL Men’s Basketball was being stripped of its 2013 National Championship, Donovan Mitchell was as upset as all UofL fans. On Wednesday, he announced he was going to wear special UofL themed sneakers in his game tonight for the Utah Jazz. We now have photographic confirmation he is wearing the shoes.
Notice that Donovan added the names of every single player from the 2013 title team on the side of the shoes. He also added the number “2013” on the back left shoe and the word “Champs” on the back of the right shoe. And boy are they some sweet looking kicks.
Donovan wanted to pay homage to a special group of players, to his former coach, to his alma mater, and to all of the UofL fans. Donovan is a star in the making in the NBA. It’s awesome to know that no matter what he’s always L1C4.
Just because there is no longer a banner hanging in the Yum! Center stating “2013 NCAA National Champions” – does not mean the players think their accomplishment means less.
It’s disappointing to say the least. That being said, it doesn’t change very much if anything for myself, my family, and much of the Louisville community I’ve spoken to. That championship game was the last time my father had all his kids under one roof. That experience meant and still means very much to all of us. I couldn’t disagree more with the ruling and decision on the appeal. I haven’t really had time to wrap my head around it but at least as a community we can start moving in the right direction with this behind us. I look forward to being a Louisville fan forever and cheering on DP and this current team. I wouldn’t change a thing about my college decision. I am honored to be a Louisville Cardinal and to have played under one of the greatest basketball coaches ever Rick Pitino.
Today, it was announced that UofL lost their appeal against the NCAA. The program faces four years of probation going forward, and must vacate the records from the 2010-14 seasons, which could include 123 victories, two Big East Conference Championships, and an American Athletic Conference championship. The school will be ordered to return its financial shares from four NCAA Tournaments.
This is devastating news for the fan base, former players and the university as a whole. As this means UofL will not be listed as the 2013 National Champions in the record book moving forward or have been to the 2012 Final Four.
Nonetheless, April 8, 2013 will forever be remembered as the day the University of Louisville won their third National Championship.
While moral victories are difficult to accept, there are plenty of things the NCAA can never take away from us. We all remember watching Luke Hancock winning MOP after hitting three after three after three. Tim Henderson put the dagger through Wichita State’s heart. The sound of the crowd when Trezl put down one of the best dunks we have ever witnessed. Or the heart and leadership of Peyton Siva and the insane way Russ Smith would move through defenders. The brotherhood that shined after Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg in the Elite 8.
I know I stood there with tears down my cheeks as that final buzzer went off, hugging my friends and fellow students and soaked in that moment. The NCAA can never take that moment from me.
The 2013 team was and remains special. That is something NOBODY can take from us.
In the latest chapter of the Katina Powell saga, UofL has filed its official appeal against the NCAA Committee of Infractions ruling from June. The Courier Journal received these files through a public records request. UofL deems the ruling excessive especially since none of the players on the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 teams received the “benefits” Katina Powell claimed.
Cardinals Forever, Russdiculous, STV, Wichita and Lukeeeeeeeee all had dinner with Coach Pitino tonight at Jeff Rubys. There is a reason the 2013 team was so special to so many people, and those four guys are a huge part of it.
Russ Smith had an incredible season this summer in China. He averaged 61.2 points, while adjusting to the rougher style of play. Now he has signed to play in China’s highest league, but his ultimate goal has not changed. He still wants to end up in the NBA. Dennis Chambers with Basketball Insiders sat down with Russ Smith to talk about how life is going.
Russ Smith is currently playing in China, averaging 57.7 points per game. Let me say that again, Russ Smith is averaging 57.7 points per game in China. At one point this year, he was averaging 61.2. That is just flat out Russdiculous. Yet somehow, the NBA scouts aren’t taking much notice. Russ sat down with YARON WEITZMAN of Bleacher Report and talked about the rollercoaster he has been on since he graduated from the University of Louisville. You can read the full article below, and let us know when you think Russ will finally get the respect he deserves.
As you probably know by now, the NCAA came down hard on the Louisville Cardinals basketball program in the wake of the Andre McGee/Katina Powell sex scandal. The program faces the potential of getting 100+ wins vacated, as well as the 2012 Final Four and 2013 National Championship. Lost in the sanctions though, was the forfeiture of all conference revenue sharing gained from the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA postseasons. Also, “future revenue distributions that are scheduled to be provided to the university from those tournaments also must be withheld by the conference and forfeited to the NCAA“.
So essentially, UofL has to give up all the TV money they earned, and they have to give it up to the NCAA. They also have to give up any potential money they would earn in royalties from those 4 postseasons, and also give it up to the NCAA. Because, you know, the NCAA says those wins and title don’t exist anymore. So how can you make money off them? Well, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them.
Huh, fancy that? The official locker room 2013 National Championship (which doesn’t exist, mind you) shirt has had a drastic price reduction from an official NCAA licensee. In fact, both Fanatics and CBS Sports have the same shirt listed with the same exact price reduction.
Purely coincidence, right?
This is just an addition to the long list of hypocrisies that the NCAA has committed over the years. Trying to figure out a way to still make money off a 4 year old event, that you ruled doesn’t even exist anymore? This is so shady that it’s almost brilliant.
Maybe I’ll go take a class at UNC about how to be as sleazy as them.
Well the season of salt will officially be over after the title game tonight. I haven’t watched any of the final four and will only flip over a few times during the evening. I want UNC to win but wouldn’t be shocked if Villanova had the Wright stuff to pull off the victory. (Sorry, Rutherford got me started) I was trying to think on this slow news day what I could post to get me and you out of this slump. I hope you enjoy the following videos from 2013. It came out today that the 2013 version of One Shining Moment was thee best but we already knew that. Russ, Luke, Gorgui, Chane, Peyton, Kevin, SVT, Trezl and others made this team special to watch and made it one of the most deserving teams of a title ever. It doesn’t always work out like that. Tonight we will crown the 3rd different champion since Louisville took it home. Enjoy!
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This deal lasts until all the merchandise is gone, so get what you want now!
The coupon code is 2013CHAMPS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Single game tickets for four of the six remaining University of Louisville men’s basketball home games in the KFC Yum! Center are now available at a special price. Two games — the Cardinals’ next game on Thursday against Cincinnati and home finale against Connecticut on March 8 — are sold out.
Thursday’s game against Cincinnati has been labeled as “Throwback Thursday,” with fans encouraged to wear their vintage gear to the game. UofL is celebrating its 100th season of collegiate basketball competition this year.
Tickets for two of the Cardinals’ next three home games — Feb. 1 vs. UCF and Feb. 16 vs. Rutgers — are now on sale for $18 each for the limited number that remains available. Tickets for home games on Feb. 18 vs. USF and Feb. 27 vs. Temple are available for $15 each.
Tickets, which are located in the upper corners and end court areas of the KFC Yum! Center, are on sale at the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street. The ticket office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Cardinal fans may also purchase tickets by visiting Ticketmaster online, calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders.
I wondered why everyone was using the same picture when writing about newest UofL Basketball signee Matz Stockman, apparently they aren’t easy to find. What I do know is this, he’s the tallest player in school history edging out 7’1 David Shrag (97), 7’0 current DJ Matt Simons (95), & 7’0 Beau Zach Smith (97). Yes Matt Simons is really a DJ but that’s not the point. Don’t really know a ton about Matz, but here is what we do know. The 7’2 238 pound Matz (pronounced Mots), and his Conan O’Brien-esque build, is Norwegian. The only video I have seen of him was this video @CrumsRevenge tweeted out:
He is tall and he can dunk…more things we know. I feel like as a member of CardNation that I should help him feel at home so I will speak a little in his native language.
Velkommen (Welcome)- We welcome Matz to the already loaded 2014 signing class which includes Shaqquan Aaron, Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku.
hei (hello)- say hello to the tallest front court we have had in quite a while when you add Onuaku to the mix
prosjekt (project)- He likely won’t be a day one contributor and may even Redshirt, but he will be a force to be reckoned with when he leaves the University of Louisville
bilder og video (pictures and video)- We really need more videos and media on this kid so that we can see what this kid is all about. He may be a Hajj Turner hype wise (no offense, can’t get mad) or may be a Dirk…I’m betting he is somewhere in between.
So to Matz we will leave him with, Velkommen til Louisville, de 2013 National Champions…never gets old
Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.
Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.
Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.
Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.
Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.
Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9
University of Louisville sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell has been named a tri-captain for the Cardinals’ 2013-14 men’s basketball team, joining seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock with that distinction.
“He has, without question, been the best worker on the court, the most vocal leader on the court, so without question, he has ignited our team in practice to work harder,” head coach Rick Pitino said Monday. “I thought he’d be a very good captain.”
A third-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News and a second-team choice by USA Today, Harrell was listed third in CBSSports.com’s Top 30 Breakout Players. He was a second-team all-American Athletic Conference selection by the league coaches.
Harrell played all 40 games in helping Louisville achieve its third NCAA title in April. During the Cardinals’ nine postseason games, Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 61.5 percent from the field. In the team’s BIG EAST title victory over Syracuse, Harrell scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.
“He leads every which way,” Pitino added. “He’s a tough guy. He brings it every play and there’s very few individuals like that, in our game today, where they try to impact every possession.”
Harrell also had success in international competition over the summer, earning a gold medal with his USA Basketball squad in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. In the gold medal victory over Serbia, Harrell totaled a team-high 17 points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and hit 8-of-16 field goals in 28 minutes. In nine games during the event, Harrell started every game and averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, hit 42-of-73 field goals (.575) and added eight steals and 10 blocked shots while averaging 18 minutes a game for the deep USA squad, coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan.