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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

Ray Spalding-NKU

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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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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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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Russ Smith Talks To The Current Cardinals

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Russ Smith shared some words of wisdom with the current UofL men’s basketball team before they boarded the plane for New York. Oh, he also had a special guest with him…

UofL Alumni Association Hosting Events In NYC

Darius Perry-UVA

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!

Three UofL Men’s Basketball Players Earn ACC Honors

Anas Mahmoud-UNC

Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three University of Louisville men’s basketball players have earned ACC postseason honors.  Junior forwards Deng Adel and Ray Spalding have been selected as honorable mention All-ACC selections while senior center Anas Mahmoud was named to the ACC All-Defensive team.

Adel has been the Cardinals’ scoring leader in 13 games, including most recently leading UofL with 20 points and seven rebounds at NC State last Saturday.  A 6-5 forward from Melbourne, Australia, he has averaged 15.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists over the last five games after missing two games with an ankle injury.  Adel, who is 11th in the ACC in scoring averaging 15.5 points per game, has eight 20-point scoring efforts in his last 33 games, including six this season. He has scored at least nine points in each of his games this season and has 54 career double figure scoring efforts (28 of 29 this season).  Adel is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award.

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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

Darius Perry-UVA

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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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Virginia

Well, there isn’t much to say. No words are going to heal the pain that this loss has brought to Cardnation tonight. The team showed heart and fight all night long. They controlled the #1 team in the country for 39 minutes. Coach Padgett said that this is the toughest loss he has ever experienced. Many in Cardnation are going to feel the same way after this result. This game meant so much to this team that is in desperate need of a signature win. Not to mention this should have been the game that ended the drought against Virginia.

All that being said, this team has one more game left before tournament play. The Cards travel to N.C. State in two days to fight for their seeding in the conference and NCAA tournament. This team has the opportunity to end the season on a high note and head into the ACC tournament with some momentum. This one hurts, but it’s not the end for this team or the seniors.

Also, click here to check out the Senior Day Photo Gallery!

Go Cards!



Photo Gallery: MBB Senior Day

ULBB-Senior Day

The Louisville Men’s basketball team held their Senior Day before Thursday’s game against Virginia. The senior managers were honored along with seniors Quentin Snider and Anas Mahmoud.

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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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Saying Goodbye To Q And Anas

Quentin Snider

Q and Anas,

Your four years at the University of Louisville were probably not what you expected. They were not what we, the fans, expected. You two have weathered the heaviest of storms the city could bear with complete and utter grace – at least in the public eye. I could never say thank you enough times to do it justice.

Whenever things seemed to be at the darkest, the two of you managed to speak up and remind everyone that it will be okay. When Pitino left, there were so many questions about what the future would hold, what it would look like. The two of you stood in front of everyone and calmed everyone’s nerves and had the confidence that we all needed in that moment. You all reminded us all what UofL basketball was all about – family.  So many of the problems that put the spotlight on the program had nothing to do with either of you. Nobody would have blamed you for being angry or upset but you never were. Neither of you played the “why me” card but just played ball instead. The leadership that you have provided over the last few years is untouchable. The calm, cool and collective attitudes that you hold both on and off the court is one of the things I will miss the most.

I know at the end of the day, it’s just basketball, but it always feels like more. It is my escape from the crazy world around us, it’s my connection with some of my favorite people and it is what allows me to be part of the UofL family. For forty minutes, I am in my own little world – a world you both are a part of. So thank you. Thank you for the cheers, the tears and most importantly all of the memories in between. Wherever that next step takes you, know that you have a forever fan in me.

Your friend,


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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