Louisville Cardinals Basketball 2013-2014 News and Updates
2/7/14 – With their sights on a third straight Final Four, Rick Pitino and Co. are not focusing on their three Top 25 losses this season; instead, the HC will look forward, trying to get the most out of the players (as he always does) still on his roster as they cap off the regular season and head into the first annual AAC conference tournament. Thus far, upper classman Russ Smith and Luke Hancock have led the team, not only in points but also as supporters and motivators. Louisville’s sophomore has proven he can be called on; Montrezl Harrell’s dunk and block in back-to-back plays against SMU is one example that comes to mind. Following the dismissal of Chane Behanan (Colorado State), Louisville also lost Kevin Ware after he re-aggravated the leg injury he suffered in last year’s NCAA Tournament. If history is to repeat itself, everything will come together for Louisville when it counts.
1/9/14 - The Louisville Cardinals are explosive this season, with a 13-2 record, a No. 2 standing in the AAC, and No. 12 in the nation. After a loss to Kentucky, the Cards opeed up AAC play before the New Year, and Louisville enjoyed two consecutive wins to start off league play. After four road games, your Louisville Cardinals are returning home to the KFC Yum! Center today, and you can get in for only $29! The Cards will host rivals, the Memphis Tigers, where they can win for a fifth straight time over their conference foes. Though the team had to dismiss junior forward Chane Benahan a week ago, with Russ Smith leading the team at 17.7 ppg and 74 assists, helped by Chris Jones who leads in steals, things are looking just as good for the Cards. Coach Rick Pitino is striving for a mini-dynasty, having won two conference championships back to back, this would be their third—be there to watch this team take it to the top!
Louisville Cardinals Basketball 2013-2014 Season
The Louisville Cardinals are itching to be the first team since the 06-07 Florida Gators
to win the national title back-to-back, and Coach Pitino is hoping to create a “mini-dynasty” with his squad. As the defending national champions, the Cardinals have enough players returning to make major moves again the year. Rick Pitino has brought Louiseville to NCAA Tournaments
10 of 12 years as a coach, finishing out in the Elite 8 five times and the Final 4
three times. The Cards are favored to win the AAC Conference
title, with the only contention coming from UConn Huskies
, Memphis Tigers
and Cincinnati Bearcats
In preseason the Cards were ranked sixth, but since then, they have moved up to #3 on the AP and Coaches polls, and when the season commences, they will again push for the highest ranking. But first, they’ll have to get through intense rivalries with the Kentucky Wildcats Dec 28 in the most expensive College Basketball game of the season, and North Carolina Tar Heels Nov 24. The Cards kick off the season on Nov 9 against the College of Charleston, and their regular season closes with a game against UConn at the KFC Yum! Center.
The ‘Ville are working with a lot of depth this year, as the squad features 3 of their 5 starters and the entire bench from last season. The Cards lost two key players: Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng to the NBA, but returning is senior Russ Smith (arguably the best backcourt player in the nation), Chane Behanan, Luke Hancock (2013 Final 4 Most Valuable Player), Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear, leaving Louisville with an experienced and pre-contended group of men ready to defend their title. Don’t miss out on The ‘Ville’s push for postseason as they hope to make history!