Found September 17, 2013 on The Cardinal Connect:
Maybe it’s just me, but when you return nearly 75% of your scoring from a national championship team, I assume that you’d be considered the front-runner to do it all over again. However, that isn’t exactly the case. Although some national outlets have Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals ranked No. 1 in their preseason rankings, the majority have put Louisville anywhere from No. 3 to No. 7. I realize it sounds crazy, but I still think that when it’s all said and done, this team could be better than the national championship team. Sure, Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva will be missed, but Chris Jones, Terry Rozier and an increased role from Montrezl Harrell could make Louisville much more dynamic than last year’s team. ESPN college basketball writer Eamonn Brennan compiled a list of the top ten teams with something to prove this season. Louisville came in at No. 10. 10. Louisville: Yes, Louisville is on this list. Weird, right? I know! But hear me out. Last spring, after four months ...

With Lyle No Longer In The Picture, Will Louisville Target Isaiah Whitehead?

With Rick Pitino losing commitments from two of the top point guards in the 2014 class in a matter of six weeks, some are speculating that Pitino and his staff will start to target other available guards. One name in particular that has been mentioned is Isaiah Whitehead, a 6-foot-4 scoring guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. Whitehead had been a Louisville target for quite some time, but...

Rick Pitino Was In Kansas This Weekend Checking Out A New Big Man

When it comes to Rick Pitino’s 2014 class, one thing we know is that the recently inducted hall-of-famer is desperately looking for a center. With the recent decommitment from five star guard JaQuan Lyle, Louisville currently has two commitments. Four star guard Shaqquan Aaron and four star forward Jaylen Johnson. The Louisville staff has actively pursued multiple centers in the...

Happy 61st Birthday To Rick Pitino. Year 60 Was A Special One To Say The Least

Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino turns 61-years old today.  To say that the past year has been a good one for Pitino is an extreme understatement. Let’s take a look back at just how special year number 60 was for the hall-of-famer. April, 3 - Pitino received confirmation that he would be welcomed with the 2013 class of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. April,...

ESPN Says Rick Pitino Has The Second Deepest Team In The Country

Despite losing two pieces from last year’s national championship team, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino may actually have a deeper team in 2013-14. Jeff Goodman of (Insider Article) recently ranked the twelve deepest teams in college hoops. Louisville came in at No. 2 in the rankings behind Kansas. 2. Louisville Cardinals This team can legitimately go 10 deep. There...

Athlon Sports Ranks Rick Pitino As The Second Best College Hoops Coach

With college basketball season roughly six weeks away, we’re starting to see more and more college hoops content surface on the world wide web. The folks at Athlon Sports published the top 25 head coaching rankings earlier this week. They had Rick Pitino at No. 2, behind Tom Izzo of Michigan State. Athlon Sports Top 10 College Basketball Coaches 1. Tom Izzo, Michigan State 2....

'15 guard in 'awe' of Pitino recruiting him

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and his staff have been visiting some of their top targets in the Class of 2015. One of those targets is New Williams, a combo guard from Santa Monica, Calif., High School. Cardinal Authority caught up with Williams and has his thoughts on the recruiting process.

JaQuan Lyle Says Concern Over Playing Time Led To His Decommitment

On Friday evening, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino unexpectedly lost a commitment from on his top recruits. JaQuan Lyle, a five star guard informed the coaching staff via phone on Friday evening that he was de-committing from the Louisville program. Lyle gave Louisville a verbal pledge in July and was the highest ranked recruit to commit to Louisville since Samardo Samuels...

Kansas Getting Involved With Louisville Recruit James Blackmon Jr.

In early August, Rick Pitino had commitments from three of the top guards in the 2014 class. Six weeks later, both JaQuan Lyle and Quentin Snider have decommitted and Shaqquan Aaron is now the only current back-court commitment for Louisville. While there have been some rumblings about other guards in the 2014 class that Louisville may target with Lyle and Snider out of the picture...

Louisville's Kevin Ware dunking again following injury

Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals found a rallying cry during last season's NCAA Tournament when key reserve Kevin Ware fractured his right leg in the Elite Eight matchup against the Duke Blue Devils the slogan "Win For Ware" spread through the team's fanbase as the team made its run through the Final Four. When the Cards captured the title, the basket was...

Your First Glimpse Of The 2013-14 Louisville Basketball Team

In just a little over two weeks, you’ll get your first opportunity to see the 2013-14 Louisville men’s basketball team in action as they conduct the first of three intrasquad Red & White scrimmages. Until then, this photo should give you an idea of what the team looks like. Sure, you already knew the entire roster, but this is a glimpse of what they look like together. This...
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