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UofL Officials To Meet With Chris Mack This Weekend

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For months, Chris Mack has been the name atop the UofL list for candidates for the head coaching job. This weekend, the first step in that becoming possible , takes place. Chris Mack himself has confirmed this to a USA Today network reporter in Cincinnati. Tyra said in his press conference yesterday his goal is to have a coach hired in the next 8-10 days.

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Photo Gallery: MBB vs. Mississippi State

The final game of the 2017-2018 season took place on a snowy Tuesday night in March. The fans came out in force to show their support for the team and the coaching staff that have been through the ringer this season. Anas and Q played their final game in a Louisville uniform and got the ovation they deserved from the fans. Mississippi State looked like the better team for the entire game and the final score reflected that.

With the Men’s Basketball season coming to a close, I want to thank everyone that has looked at even one picture this season. However, the photo galleries will not stop. We will have galleries from the women’s game this weekend and recaps from the season later on down the road. We will also have more baseball galleries and we can look forward to the spring football pictures.

Until next season, thank you and Go Cards!

Louisville Basketball Parts Ways With David Padgett

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David Padgett was officially told that the University of Louisville will be going in a different direction with their coaching search. While this was expected, it does not mean it makes it easier to hear. David Padgett stepped up and did the absolute best he could with a situation that was nearly doomed from the start. David does mention that he will be looking for other head coaching positions moving forward and we here at Cardinal Sports Zone sincerely wish him the best in that search. Whatever team is lucky enough to name him head coach, is in for a special treat. THANK YOU DAVID!

Donovan Mitchell Graces The Cover Of SLAM Magazine

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Donovan Mitchell continues to shine in the NBA. He is currently on the cover of SLAM Magazine and he looks mighty comfortable in the spotlight. He talks in the interview with Adam Figman that he knows that all of this can be taken from him in a flash, so he is not letting it get to his head. All Donovan wants is for his Utah Jazz to make it to the playoffs.

NIT Quarterfinals Ticket Information

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Press release from the University of Louisville athletic department:

Ticket Information for NIT Quarterfinals in the KFC Yum! Center

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2018 National Invitation Tournament in a game to be played in the KFC Yum! Center against Mississippi State on Tuesday, March 20 at 9:05 p.m. ET.

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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.


Damion Lee Signs 10 Day Contract With Atlanta Hawks

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The Atlanta Hawks announced today that they have signed Cardinal forever, Damion Lee to a 10 day contract. The Hawks have been suffering from a lot of injuries and needed a great shooter, quick. We here at CSZ wish Damion nothing but the best during this new stop in his journey.

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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Rick Pitino Is Ready To Work Again

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Rick Pitino has announced he has hired an agent to help him with his next career move. This comes about 5 months after he was fired from the University of Louisville and just a few weeks after stating that he was “dead in the water” when it comes to coaching. Only time will tell if someone can look past all of the scandals tied to his name.



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

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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!

Three UofL Men’s Basketball Players Earn ACC Honors

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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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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.

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!



Saying Goodbye To Q And Anas

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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,


Four Men’s Basketball Players Named To ACC All-Academic Team


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Press release from the University of Louisville:

GREENSBORO, N.C. – University of Louisville juniors Deng Adel and Ray Spalding along with sophomore V.J. King and freshman Jordan Nwora were named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday by the ACC.  Adel and Spalding earn the honor for the third straight time while King earns it for the second straight season.

Adel, a sports administration major, currently leads the team in scoring with 15.3 points per game.
He has been the Cardinals’ scoring leader in 11 games.  Adel, who is 13th in the ACC in scoring, has seven 20-point scoring efforts in his last 31 games, including five this season. A preseason All-ACC selection (second team), Adel is a finalist for the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year award.

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Darrell Griffith To Present Donovan Mitchell With His Dunk Contest Trophy

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The Utah Jazz announced today that Jazz alumnus Darrell Griffith will make an appearance on Friday, Feb. 23 as the team takes on the Portland Trail Blazers in its first game back from the All-Star Break. Griffith, the first ever Jazz NBA Slam Dunk Contest representative in 1984 and 1985, will also participate in a pre-game recognition honoring Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell for winning the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. As a tribute to the former Jazz man known as Dr. Dunkenstein, Mitchell wore Griffith’s No. 35 uniform for one of his dunks as he jumped over his sister, comedian Kevin Hart and Hart’s son.

The Banner Coming Down Changes Nothing For The 2013 National Championship Players

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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.

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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.

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It’s all good still got that RING.

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UofL Loses NCAA Appeal


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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.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks As A Jazz – So Far (Video)

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Donny Dunks. Spida. NBA Rookie of the Year. NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Champion. Here is a compilation of his best dunks of the year….so far. Enjoy!