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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.


Photo Gallery: MBB NIT vs. Northern Kentucky

This may not have been the tournament that the Cardinals were hoping to play in, but they fought through an ugly game to beat NKU 66-58. The Cards came out flat shooting 35% in the first quarter and only 13% in the second quarter. Luckily, NKU was held to only 34% shooting for the game and turned the ball over 14 times to give the Cards the victory.

Louisville was led by Deng Adel, who scored 20 points including going 6 for 6 from the field in the 4th quarter. Ray Spalding had an off night offensively, but he did grab 13 rebounds. The Cards shot 72% from the free throw line, but only 33% from the 3-point line, which was moved back to the international length.

Louisville will play the winner of Middle Tennessee State and Vermont later this week at the KFC Yum! Center. The day and times will be announced after the completion of the first round.

Go Cards!

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Still Fighting For The Banner


William McGurn with the Wall Street Journal asks the question we are all wondering – who can fix college hoops? Tim Sullivan with the Courier Journal is reporting that a Louisville board member is going to continue to fight against the sanctions that the NCAA came down on UofL with a few weeks back.

Damion Lee Signs 10 Day Contract With Atlanta Hawks

Damion Lee

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

Rick Pitino


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…

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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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!



Photo Gallery: MBB Senior Day

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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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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,


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.

#L1C4 #MyBrothers4Life

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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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Photo Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

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!

Donovan Petitions To Get His NBA 2K Dunk Rating Raised

Donovan Mitchell

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When the creators of NBA 2K put Donovan Mitchell’s dunk rating at a 50/100, we all knew he was being grossly overlooked. After dominating at the All-Star Dunk Contest this weekend, Donovan started a petition to get his score raised, and it worked!

Donovan Mitchell’s Biggest Supporter (Video)


Photo Courtesy of Donovan Mitchell’s Instagram

Donovan Mitchell won over Louisville fan’s hearts during his two years as a cardinal. It did not take long for him to win over Utah fans and he continued to win over the rest of the NBA fan base this weekend. Donovan talked to the media about why it was so important for him to include his sister, Jordan, in one of his dunks during the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest.

Donovan Mitchell’s Best Dunks At UofL (Video)

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Donovan Mitchell is set to compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest tomorrow night as a rookie. WLKY put together a video of some of his best dunks while wearing the UofL uniform. Take a look below!