Posted January 25, 2013 on AP on Fox
Basketball fans in Louisville have had the wind knocked out of them with the Cardinals being punched in the gut this week. The fifth-ranked Cardinals have lost back-to-back games since entering last weekend as the nation's top-ranked team. Louisville travels to Georgetown on Saturday looking to bounce back from its latest setback and avoid dropping three in a row for the first time since January 2010. "Anytime you play in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten or any great conference," coach Rick Pitino said Thursday, "you're going to have peaks and you're going to have valleys, unless you have one of those great basketball teams that dominates the conference - which is not the case in college basketball this year. "That being said, what I try to emphasize is just getting better execution-wise leading into March, just playing our best basketball at that time. Keep working on the execution and good things will happen." Finishing has been a problem in Loui...

Rick Pitino Says There Is No Great Team In College Basketball Right Now

There is more parody in college basketball this year than there has been in quite some time. A disappointing loss to Villanova may have had some fans second guessing Louisville’s chances at a national title, but there isn’t a team in the country that hasn’t had a loss like that. There is no clear front-runner to cut down the nets in Atlanta in April. Coach Pitino remained positive...

Pitino: No need to panic, just improve

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino isn’t hitting the panic button after Cardinals have lost back-to-back games. Pitino told the media on Friday heading into Saturday’s game against Georgetown the Cardinals will make some “subtle changes” to the lineup and noted that more than anything his team has to “dramatically” improve on the defensive end.

Who Should Lead Louisville In Field Goal Attempts Per Game?

In this afternoon’s press conference Rick Pitino mentioned multiple times how important shot selection would be to his team’s success. In yesterday’s post, I mentioned shot selection being a minor concern for this team. To reiterate what I said yesterday, I don’t think anyone on this team is downright selfish. Russ Smith is averaging 15 field goal attempts per game. I think...

Louisville’s defensive shortcomings expose lack of offense

Up one week, down the next, incredible highs, insufferable low points in the world of athletics. The slide from No. 1 continues unabated for the University of Louisville basketball team, descending in agonizingly slow motion. Three losses in a row, transitioning from what Bobby Knight called a team with few weaknesses to a team now struggling to make a shot and unable to contain...

Rick Pitino on Louisville loss: We shot free throws like Shaq and Dwight Howard

Louisville lost its second straight tough game in a row on Tuesday night, this time at the hands of Villanova. Over the weekend, the Cardinals lost a tough home game to No. 6-ranked Syracuse. However, the Wildcats are a team they should have beaten. Had they been more successful from the charity stripe, Rick Pitino’s team may have come away with a win. Louisville hit only 12...

A Few Minor Concerns For Louisville Hoops

The more time that passes, the less irritated I am about Louisville’s performance on Tuesday evening against Villanova. I’d be lying if I said seeing Duke get blasted by Miami last night didn’t help. As I mentioned earlier this week, Tuesday’s loss shouldn’t warrant anyone to push the panic button, but it is a slight reason for concern. Nineteen games into the season, we’re...

Cards offer '14 RB

The Louisville Cardinals are the latest to offer a scholarship to junior standout running back Johnathan Vickers from Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian.

Charlie Strong Making A Late Push With Two New Orleans Prospects

With just four or possibly five scholarships left in Louisville’s 2013 recruiting class, Charlie Strong spent some time in New Orleans, LA., today visiting with two under the radar prospects. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned Corey Smith, a 6-foot-7 245-pound defensive end that had picked up an offer from Louisville. Smith’s teammate, Lyn Clark, a 6-foot 200-pound linebacker...

Charlie Strong Nets a Huge Raise

In return for Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals dismantling the Florida Gators 33-23 in the 2013 All-State Sugar Bowl, the university is rewarding the head coach handsomely. The school agreed to a long-term contract with Strong that makes him one of the highest paid D1 football coaches in the nation. While there has been a whirlwind of coaches being fired as of late, Strong...
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