On Saturday, March 5th, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the University of Louisville men’s basketball season will come to a premature end. A self-imposed post season ban was issued by President Ramsey and athletic director Jurich due to findings from an internal investigation of possible NCAA violations. Although the NCAA has not concluded their investigation, the University acted upon their own findings in attempt to lessen future penalties that could be handed down from the NCAA.
In a press conference held on Friday, February 5th, one month prior to the last regular season game, the announcement of the postseason ban was made public. In that press conference, coach Pitino addressed the fans, asking everyone to rally around this team and show them as much love as possible because they were absolutely heartbroken. Pitino specifically mentioned Damion Lee and Trey Lewis.
Coach Rick Pitino posted something extremely important in his blog today. Something that I think we, as fans, have forgotten in the midst of the scandal. BASKETBALL SEASON is ONE WEEK AWAY!!
( Coach Rick Pitino 2015 – 2016 Preview )
Yes, despite efforts to derail the University of Louisville’s Basketball program, it appears the show will go on as expected. The CARDS open up with an at home exhibition on Sunday, November 1st at 1:30PM.
It felt like I just made up the years when I typed the title to this. Actually typing out the year “2025” made me think that there should be hoverboards and flying cars by then. If so, maybe that is how Rick Pitino will get to the KFC Yum! Center because the University of Louisville has extended his contract through the 2025-26 season.
Some Rick Pitino stats from GoCards.com:
To get yourself ready for the big game tomorrow between Louisville and Duke, here is a little throwback game for ya. It’s the full game between the Cards and Blue Devils in the 1986 National Championship. Check out guys like Pervis Ellison, Milt Wagner, and Billy Thompson for the Cards. And then Jay Bilas and Johnny Dawkins for the Blue Devils. The box score is also listed below.
This is a very interesting topic. As a Cards fan, who do YOU WANT Louisville to play in the Sweet 16? Do you want a rematch with Wichita State? They are undefeated and haven’t lost since the Cards beat them in the Final Four. Or do you want a rematch against Kentucky? No explanation needed on who they are and how big that would be. We took the question to twitter, and here is what you said.
Photo by Tim Girton/Louisville.com
Vegas knows, right? They did have Charlie Strong as the 2-1 favorite to be the next head coach at Texas. I have to say that when I first heard that, I laughed and thought it was crazy. If you ever keep up with odds and spreads on games, you will be surprised just how close that they usually are. I remember when Kentucky played at Auburn this year, the spread was 7 1/2 or something like that. A lot of people thought that was really low. Auburn went to the free throw line to shoot 3 shots, down by 10, with 8 seconds left. They made 2, and lost by 8. That is just the first example I thought of from this year. That is how close a lot of the games are if you pay attention to the spread.
Well for the last couple of weeks, Vegas has had the Louisville Cardinals projected as a 1 seed in their bracketology. They just released their latest version, and the Cards are still there. I like our team anyway, but I obviously like that Vegas is still sold on us.