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Season in Review

Season in Review

APR
8
Cards Capture NCAA Championship!
ATLANTA (AP) - Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.

Luke Hancock produced another huge game off the bench, scoring 22 points, and Pitino became the first coach to win national titles at two schools when relentless Louisville rallied from another 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the NCAA championship game Monday night.

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APR
7
Men's Basketball Gears Up for Michigan in National Championship
ATLANTA - The championship moment of the menís college basketball season has arrived.

The University of Louisville menís basketball team, playing in its third national championship in school history, faces fourth-seeded Michigan on Monday, April 8, at 9:23 p.m. ET in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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APR
6
Louisville Survives Wichita State, 72-68, Advances to National Championship
ATLANTA (AP) - The deficit was getting bigger, the clock becoming an enemy and Louisville's options were dwindling.

''I just kept telling the guys ... 'We're going to make a run. It's about defense,''' coach Rick Pitino said. ''The tempo is not ours. Give them their credit, but the bench won the game for us tonight. Unbelievable display.''

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APR
5
Men's Basketball in Second-Straight Final Four, Faces Wichita State
ATLANTA (AP) - Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four.

All Wichita State had was the cute-and-cuddly underdog angle. Now the Shockers don't even have that.

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APR
5
Men's Basketball's Siva Earns Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award
ATLANTA - University of Louisville men's basketball senior Peyton Siva has been named the recipient of the 45th annual Frances Pomeroy Naismith award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday from Springfield, Mass.

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APR
4
Men's Basketball's Behanan Wins Dunk of the Year Contest
ATLANTA - University of Louisville men's basketball sophomore Chane Behanan was named the winner of the Pepsi MAX Dunk of the Year award, Chicago-based company Intersport announced on Thursday evening during the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on ESPN.

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APR
4
Blackshear Wins NCAA Men's Basketball's Elite 89 Award
ATLANTA - University of Louisville men's basketball sophomore Wayne Blackshear was named the recipient of the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, it was announced.

Blackshear received the award during the Men's Final Four Salute Presentation on Thursday evening.

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APR
4
Ware, Pitino Speak with Media on Wednesday
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino and guard Kevin Ware spoke with the media at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in the Yum! Center.Read More...

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APR
1
Men's Basketball Takes Part in Final Four Teleconference
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino took part in a teleconference on Monday that involved the head coaches of each of the institutions participating in the 2013 NCAA Final Four.

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MAR
31
Ware Has Successful Surgery To Repair Broken Leg
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Louisville guard Kevin Ware underwent successful surgery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on Sunday night to repair a broken bone in his right leg.

Ware had the bone re-set, the wound from the injury closed and a rod inserted in his right tibia during approximately two hours of surgery. He suffered the injury with 6:33 remaining in the first half of the Cardinals' 85-63 Midwest Regional Championship victory over Duke.

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MAR
31
Louisville Advances to the Final Four Over Duke, 85-63
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

Russ Smith scored 23, Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, and top-seeded Louisville put aside the shock from Ware's gruesome leg injury to earn a second straight trip to the Final Four with an 85-63 victory over Duke on Sunday afternoon.

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MAR
29
Cardinals Top Oregon 77-69, Head to the Elite Eight
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Even a nasty cold can't stop Russ Smith.

With his teammates struggling with a bug and top-seeded Louisville facing its toughest test of the postseason, Smith put on his best show yet. He matched his career high of 31 points and the Cardinals proved they can win close games, too, beating Oregon 77-69 on Friday night.

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MAR
23
Cardinals Advance to Sweet 16 with win over Colorado State
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Watching film of Louisville demolishing Colorado State is going to be scary enough for anyone who has to face the Cardinals over the next two weeks.

Hearing what coach Rick Pitino said afterward is going to be downright terrifying.

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MAR
21
Louisville Downs North Carolina A&T, 79-48
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino rattled off Russ Smith's stats, one more impressive than the next.

Then he paused and peered over his glasses.

"But he came up lame without a rebound. So we're very disappointed with that. We're going to do drills in the ballroom with Russ rebounding tonight," Pitino said before he gave up, letting a smile cross his face. "Russ is a really special player," the coach continued. "He said he was like a blender tonight, just moved around and moved around."

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MAR
20
No. 1 Overall Seed Men's Basketball Set to Open NCAA Tournament Thursday
LEXINGTON, Ky. - March Madness is finally here, and the Cardinals boast the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship for the second time in school history.

Louisville, which will be competing in the bracket's Midwest Region, faces No. 16-seed North Carolina A&T on Thursday, March 21, at 6:50 p.m. ET in Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.

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MAR
16
Louisville Claims BIG EAST Championship After Beating Syracuse
NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Siva had 11 points and eight assists to lead No. 4 Louisville to a 78-61 victory over No. 19 Syracuse on Saturday night, giving the Cardinals their second straight Big East tournament title.

The Cardinals got their third title by overcoming a 16-point deficit in the second half - almost double the previous record in a championship game - and they kept pouring it on once they got the lead, going ahead by as many as 18 points.

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MAR
15
No. 4 Louisville Advances to Big East Championship Game
NEW YORK (AP) - Louisville has yet another big Saturday night planned in New York. Notre Dame will never get to enjoy even one.

Russ Smith scored 20 points and Peyton Siva added 12 to lead No. 4 Louisville to a 69-57 victory over No. 24 Notre Dame on Friday night, the third straight year the Cardinals beat the Fighting Irish in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

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MAR
14
Louisville beats Villanova to reach Big East Semifinals
NEW YORK (AP) - Russ Smith figured the best way he could honor Jack Curran on Thursday night was by leading Louisville to a win.

Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, carrying the fourth-ranked Cardinals into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.

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MAR
12
Siva Named BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men's basketball's Peyton Siva was selected as the 2013 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

This season alone, Siva has accumulated multiple honors away from the hardwood. After earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, the sociology major landed a spot as the program's second CoSIDA Academic All-American in late February. A second-team pick, Siva boasts a 3.37 cumulative grade-point average and was named Louisville's American Eagle Outfitters Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete, as chosen by the BIG EAST Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.

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MAR
10
Men's Basketball's Dieng Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville menís basketballís Gorgui Dieng has earned his fourth individual award since Sunday after helping the Cardinals earn a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title over the weekend.

On Monday, the junior center was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, making him the Cardinalsí first major league award winner since the team entered the BIG EAST in 2005-06. The awards were based on a vote by the leagueís head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

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MAR
10
Three Men's Basketball Players Earn All-BIG EAST Honors
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville menís basketballís Gorgui Dieng, Russ Smith, and Peyton Siva earned all-BIG EAST honors, the conference office announced Sunday morning in a vote by the leagueís head coaches.

Dieng and Smith earned first-team honors, marking the first time in school history that Louisville had two first-team picks. Siva, who earned his second career league honor, was named a third-team selection. Overall, it is the first time the Cardinals - excluding the all-rookie team - have combined to place three on the all-league first, second, and third team squads.

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MAR
4
Pitino Gets His 300th Louisville Win
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rick Pitino was noticeably hoarse in acknowledging his 300th victory with Louisville on Monday night, no doubt caused by all his yelling at the eighth-ranked Cardinals to carry out the cornerstone defensive strategy that has made him successful.

Judging from Louisville's second-nature execution in a 67-51 defeat of Cincinnati, Pitino probably could have saved his voice. The Cardinals forced the Bearcats into a season-high 21 turnovers, several coming during a 25-7 run over a 10:03 stretch in the second half.

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FEB
28
adidas Reveals New Louisville Basketball Uniforms
PORTLAND, Ore. - adidas unveiled on Thursday the new eye-catching adizero uniform system for the University of Louisville menís and womenís basketball programs.

The Cardinalsí menís and womenís teams will suit up in the adizero uniform systems beginning with their respective BIG EAST Tournaments. The womenís tournament runs from March 8-12 in Hartford, Conn., while the men will play from March 12-16 in New York City.

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FEB
14
No. 12 Louisville Outlasts St. John's, 72-58
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith has seen enough valleys in his Louisville career to know the importance of returning to the peak in the next game.

Thursday night provided another example of the heights the Cardinals guard can reach when his game is on.

Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put No. 12 Louisville ahead for good and helped the Cardinals beat St. John's 72-58. He finished with a game-high 24, a huge recovery from Saturday night's 104-101, five-overtime loss at Notre Dame that included several ill-advised shots.

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FEB
3
No. 12 Louisville Overpowers No. 25 Marquette, 70-51
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Two weeks of struggle had begun to raise questions about Louisville's ability to contend in the Big East.

And while some concerns remain to be addressed over the second half of their league schedule, the No. 12 Cardinals reclaimed some of their swagger with Sunday's 70-51 rout of No. 25 Marquette.

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JAN
28
No. 12 Louisville Edges Pittsburgh, 64-61
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Losing three straight games the hard way made it somewhat fitting that No. 12 Louisville took the same route to beat Pittsburgh on Monday night.

Guard Russ Smith and center Gorgui Dieng didn't care how it looked, as both focused solely on securing the outcome for the Cardinals.

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JAN
19
No. 1 Cardinals Fall Short to No. 6 Syracuse
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's reign at No. 1 is likely over after one week.

The Cardinals' focus now is on reclaiming the top spot and holding on when it matters - through the season's end in April - after falling to No. 6 Syracuse 70-68 on Saturday.

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JAN
14
No. 1 Louisville Beats Connecticut for 11th-Straight Win
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Louisville waited 20 minutes to prove the Cardinals deserved the No. 1 ranking.

It took the same amount of time for their guards to show they could be the best backcourt in the country even when they don't spend all that much time together on the court.

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JAN
4
Cards Men's Basketball Produces Record Academic Performance
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - While the University of Louisville men's basketball team has performed well on the court, the Cardinals have excelled in the classroom as well.

The Cardinals produced a collective 3.41 grade point average for the 2012 UofL fall semester, with 15 of the 17 student-athletes on its roster achieved a 3.0 or better grade point average. Both are record numbers for the men's basketball team, which has hovered around a collective 3.0 GPA for nine straight semesters. The team produced a combined 3.16 GPA for the 2011 fall semester and had a 3.13 GPA for the 2012 spring semester. A dozen Cardinals have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better.

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DEC
31
Smith Named BIG EAST Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior guard Russ Smith was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 24-30.

In the Cardinals' only game of the holiday week, Smith totaled 21 points, three steals, three assists and matched a career-high with seven rebounds as Louisville beat intrastate rival No. 23 Kentucky 80-77. Smith, who ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring (19.8 ppg), scored 17 of his points in the second half and produced his eighth game with at least three steals.

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DEC
29
No. 4 Louisville beats Kentucky in 'Battle of the Bluegrass'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith ranked Louisville's 80-77 victory over Kentucky on Saturday as one of the five favorites of his career.

Makes sense, considering he played a key role in ending the No. 4 Cardinals' four-game losing streak against the rival Wildcats.

Smith scored 21 points, including five of Louisville's final 13, along with seven rebounds to help the Cardinals hold off Kentucky in an up-and-down game.

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DEC
19
No. 5 Cardinals Roll Past FIU in Family Showdown, 79-55
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - With most of the attention Wednesday night focused on the coaching matchup between father and son, Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva grabbed the spotlight by applying what he learned from both.

Especially from the father, who's always in his ear.

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DEC
17
Behanan Named BIG EAST Player of the Week
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chane Behanan was named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly honor roll for the week of Dec. 10-16.

In Louisville's only game of the week, Behanan scored a season-high 22 points and added three rebounds and two steals as the Cardinals overcame a 16-point deficit to win at future BIG EAST member Memphis. Behanan scored 16 points of his points in the second half, including his first three-pointer of the season during a 13-0 second-half run which gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish. He hit 7-of-12 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.

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DEC
15
No. 6 Cards Rally Past Memphis, 87-78
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Rick Pitino believes an old rival gave his sixth-ranked Cardinals just the kind of early road test they needed.

Luckily for them, Chane Behanan helped make sure Louisville took home the victory.

Behanan scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, and the Cardinals rallied from 16 points down in the first half to beat Memphis 87-78 on Saturday.

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DEC
1
No. 5 Cardinals Edge Illinois State

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Without its shot-blocking center, Louisville got big efforts from its backcourt and a seldom-used backup to escape a Saturday scare from Illinois State.

Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva traded turns taking over in the second-half of the No. 5 Cardinals 69-66 comeback win. Stephan Van Treese sparked Louisville in the middle, playing 34 minutes off the bench in place Gorgui Dieng who is out with a broken left wrist.

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NOV
26
Smith Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville junior guard Russ Smith has been named to the BIG EAST Conference weekly honor roll for his performance in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Smith averaged 17 points, six rebounds, 3.3 steals and three assists in three games of the Battle 4 Atlantis as the Cardinals reached the championship game before falling to then-No. 5 Duke. Smith and backcourt mate Peyton Siva were both honored on the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament team.

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NOV
25
Dieng Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Wrist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be out four-to-six weeks while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered last Friday.

"With a little luck, Gorgui will be back by the start of our BIG EAST schedule," said UofL Coach Rick Pitino. "We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it is time for other guys to step up their performances."

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NOV
24
No. 2 Louisville Drops Tight Game to No. 5 Duke

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) - Peyton Siva scored 19 points for the No. 2 Cardinals (5-1) and Russ Smith added 17, but the No. 5 Blue Devils beat Lousiville 76-71 in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Duke and Louisville were so close for so long until Quinn Cook took charge.

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NOV
14
Cards' Basketball Recruiting Class Among Nation's Best

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Five impressive high school, prep and junior college products have each signed a national letter-of-intent to continue their basketball playing careers at the University of Louisville, ranking this Cardinal group among the nation's top recruiting classes.

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NOV
11
No. 2 Cards Open Season with 79-51 Victory Over Manhattan

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith's perfectly happy at No. 2 Louisville and showed Manhattan how much on Sunday.

The junior guard scored a game-high 23 points to help the Cardinals pull away for a season-opening 79-51 victory against the Jaspers. Smith had considered transferring to Manhattan to follow Jaspers coach Steve Masiello, who was a Louisville assistant from 2005-11.

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OCT
17
Men's Basketball Picked to Win League in Preseason Coaches' Poll

NEW YORK - Coming off a season which culminated in a BIG EAST Tournament title and a Final Four run, the University of Louisville men's basketball team was picked as the unanimous choice to win the 2012-13 BIG EAST men's basketball regular-season crown in the league's preseason coaches' poll, conference officials announced Wednesday.

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