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Peyton Siva’s Highlights From His Season With Alba Berlin

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Cardinal forever, Peyton Siva just finished up his season with Alba Berlin. If you need some basketball to help get you through this dead period, this is the perfect solution!

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2013 National Title Banner Gone From KFC Yum! Center Window

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Welp. This sucks.

The Bond Between Darrell Griffith And Donovan Mitchell Goes Beyond Basketball

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The day before the NBA Dunk Contest, the Utah Jazz called and offered to pay for Darrell Griffith to come out and watch. While Dr. Dunkenstein couldn’t accept because it was so short notice, he was shocked to see that Donovan Mitchell was wearing his jersey during the contest. It made his evening. Marc Spears with The Undefeated sat down with Darrell Griffith and Donovan Mitchell to talk about their bond and when it all started.

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…

Nunnsense | The Banner Is Gone – Time To Move On

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I’ve been dreading the appeals decision just like most kids dread going to the dentist. At least when you go to the dentist, you have an appointment and you can prepare your mind prior to going in. The NCAA left us hanging and then dropped the news on a random Tuesday without warning. Although most of us knew what the outcome would be, we still held out a little bit of hope that we could keep the banner – It didn’t happen.

So what now?

Well, many folks are screaming that Louisville needs to fight by suing the NCAA. Many are saying that if this administration doesn’t fight then they don’t care about us or the University. Read the rest of this entry

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.

UofL Appeals NCAA Infraction’s Ruling

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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.

Can The NBA And NCAA Ever Work Together?

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Everyone knows that there is some tensions with the NBA and NCAA relationship, especially when it comes to preparing college basketball players for the NBA. Jonathan Givony with ESPN.COM goes into more detail about how that could soon be changing.

The NCAA brought 19 college basketball athletes to Indianapolis this past weekend for the Elite Student-Athlete Symposium, an educational program that attempted to tackle head-on “the challenges and pitfalls” highly touted prospects face, with an eye toward helping them pursue a career in professional basketball.

Louisville’s VJ King and Anas Mahmoud were both in attendance.

Cardinal Basketball Family Reunion

Louisville Cardinals head coach Pitino holds up the trophy as he and his team celebrate after defeating the Michigan Wolverines in their NCAA men's Final Four championship basketball game in Atlanta

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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.

Why The Chicago Bulls Should Take A Chance On Russ Smith

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It is no secret that the Chicago Bulls are not going to be very good this season. They may actually compete for the worst team in the NBA. Russ Smith on the other hand is coming off a mega season over in China. Ya know, that one where he was averaging 61.9 points a game. Bryce Fields with Real Ball Insiders, wrote about why the Bulls picking up Russ would be a win-win.

Ps. Most of them are reasons UofL fans have been screaming at scouts since our beloved Russ graduated.

Will The NCAA Take Titles Away From Louisville Or UNC?

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CBSSports.com posted a very interesting and candid article where 3 CBS Sports college basketball writers spent all of July talking to and polling everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest schools in Division I. Their honest responses were given with the promise of complete anonymity.

One coach said, “If they’re going to vacate anyone’s title they’ll do Louisville as opposed to North Carolina. It’s like the black hat. Between Rick Pitino and Roy Williams, Rick Pitino is the guy who’d operate in the gray. He’s the bad guy. And Roy Williams is the good ol’ boy.”

Another coach said, “No, they will not vacate Louisville’s title, as they are scared of Pitino.”

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Russ Smith Isn’t Giving Up On NBA Dream

 

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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 RussdiculousYet 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. 

 

Jay Bilas Weighs In On NCAA Sanctions

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Jay Bilas has made his thoughts clear on the NCAA sanctions against the University of Louisville Men’s Basketball team. When asked, Bilas responded with his belief that a school should not lose a banner when innocent people would be hurt. You can see the full tweet below. Let us know what you think about his stance.

Nunnsense: The NCAA Overreached, Now It’s Time To Fight

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A lot of people think that since we write for a website, we get information before it is released to the public. In some cases we do but when the NCAA Committee on Infractions released its ruling on the U of L case, I was just like you – A fan listening to the radio and scrolling social media with my stomach in knots. And when I heard the voice of Steve Rummage reading the verdict, I was confused as I didn’t get the clarity I needed to know that this whole mess was behind us.

I wanted to write something right away to let you know that everything was going to be okay and to voice my displeasure with the ruling. I decided to wait a week to gather more information and also to prevent from writing a reactionary piece. Well, its been a week and here it is …. Read the rest of this entry

Louisville Has 8th Best Odds To Win Title

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According to Las Vegas oddsmaker Jeff Sherman, the Louisville Cardinals have the eighth best odds to win the NCAA National Championship at 12/1. The Cards take on Jacksonville State this Friday in Indianapolis, with a time TBD.

Nunnsense: March Mangok Is The Key To A Deep Tournament Run For Cards

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Mangok Mathiang is the only player on this years team that was on the 2013 championship team roster. Although he didn’t play he gained a wealth of experience. Mangok was ruled ineligible that year due to a delay in getting his high school transcript. Even though he was  ineligible for the 2012-13 season, he was allowed to train and practice with the team. Practicing against Gourgi Dieng on a daily basis could only help develop the 6’10” Mathiang. Read the rest of this entry

Predicting The Future: National Champions Again

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Our fione friends at collegespun.com released a list Monday of their predictions for the next 10 NCAA Champions. I love prediction pieces like this because it is fun to do. Like the BCS/CFP post we shared a few months ago. They even speculate on our next head coach. YAY! Here is the link to the story. Feel free to read and share. There may be a name in there you enjoy! (Of course there is)

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Nunnsense: Will You Find Your Reason To Watch March Madness?

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It’s been well documented that the University of Louisville men’s basketball team will not be playing in this seasons edition of March Madness. There will however, be quite a few teams playing from the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina, Virginia, Miami, Duke and Notre Dame are all locks to be included (in my opinion). Clemson, Pittsburgh and Syracuse  are on the bubble.

Are you loyal to the conference or will you cheer for a local team? I do not subscribe to the theory of cheering for a team because of conference affiliation. I know people do it in football every year and  I think it makes them look ignorant. Pounding you chest and screaming “ACC, ACC” after an ACC team wins a title makes you seem as if your team was not good enough so you found an alternate way to run your mouth.

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2014 CSZ NCAA Bracket Challenge!

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This is a little late notice, but we are having a CSZ NCAA Tournament bracket challenge this year! The top two finishers will receive gift certificates for FansCloset.com! First place will get $100 and second will get $50 towards the website. FansCloset.com sells both UofL and UK apparel so anyone can join, but only UofL fans can win. Kidding, sort of.

The name of the bracket pool is “Cardinal Sports Zone” but the ID number that you will need is 310417 and the password is “runitback”. When you click the link, make sure to click “Join a Private Pool.”

Click here to join! 

Time and TV set for Louisville’s Game Thursday

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The 4th seeded Louisville Cardinals will face off against the 13th seeded Manahttan Jaspers on Thursday night. The game will tip at approximately 9:50 pm and it will be shown on TNT. Here are the times and channels for the rest of the first round. And yes it is still the first round to me, not the “round of 64.”

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We find out the tip times for Saturday at the end of Thursday and Sunday at the end of Friday. Fans will also be able to access the games through NCAA March Madness on Demand. NCAA March Madness on Demand will provide live streaming video of every game of the new 68-team tournament as they are broadcast by CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

All times ET, with the second window of each game slated for 30 minutes after the scheduled conclusion of the first game. So those start times are approximate.

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