Jan. 24, 2007
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville will name its basketball court in Freedom Hall in honor of former men's basketball coach Denny Crum, who guided the Cardinals to 675 victories and a pair of national titles in his 30 years with the university.
The Cardinals' playing surface in Freedom Hall will be named "Denny Crum Court" in a pregame cermony when U of L faces Georgetown on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.
"For three decades, U of L Basketball was Denny Crum," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. "It's a fitting tribute to honor him with this unique distinction for his success and years of hard work in guiding our men's basketball program consistently on a national level. We had envisioned honoring him within the new arena, but Rick Pitino and I were talking and thought 'Why wait?' Let's not wait any longer in getting his name on the court in Freedom Hall, where he coached for 30 years."
The man admirably labeled "Cool Hand Luke" by former commentator Al McGuire was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on May 9, 1994.
Crum directed Louisville to the 1980 and the 1986 NCAA Championships, ranking him as one of only 11 coaches in NCAA history to win two or more titles. Six times he guided the Cardinals into the NCAA Final Four, including four times in the decade of the '80s. Only three coaches all-time have coached more Final Four teams than Crum.
Crum directed the Cardinals to 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, ranking as the sixth highest all-time. Three of his squads participated in the NIT, reaching the NIT semifinals in 1985. The Cardinals captured or shared 12 Metro Conference regular season titles and 11 post-season tournament championships under Crum's guidance. Crum's teams won 20 or more games in 21 of his 30 seasons, the 11th most all-time.
Crum's 675 victories rank him 26th all-time, holding a 675-295 career record. His NCAA Tournament mark is 42-23. He retired at the conclusion of the 2000-01 season and continues to work as a special assistant to the U of L president.