University of Louisville basketball

Cards’ Final Four Celebration Set For Tuesday

by Rick Howlett on April 16, 2012

University of Louisville basketball fans will get a chance to celebrate the team’s Final Four run tomorrow with a public event at Fourth Street Live.

Coach Rick Pitino says it will be the Cards’ first opportunity to publicly thank fans for their support.

U of L went on an eight game winning streak in the post-season to reach the national semifinals in New Orleans, where the Cards were eliminated by eventual champion Kentucky.

“I think it’s awesome to have two teams from a small state in the Final Four playing each other. It’s history, we’re part of history now. I’d like it to happen again. I just want the score to be reversed next time around,” Pitino said at a Monday press conference.

Pitino also announced that guard Elisha Justice is transferring to the University of Pikeville and forward Jared Swopshire will play his final collegiate season at Northwestern.

Associate Coach Richard Pitino (left) is also leaving Louisviille and his father’s staff. He’ll be the new head coach at Florida International.    

“We’re trying to get him in here to play next season,” Rick Pitino joked. “Because I never spanked him as a child and I want to give him a good spanking when he comes back in here.”

Pitino says he’s in no particular hurry to fill the job, although he has several candidates in mind.

The Cards’ Fourth Street Live celebration begins at 5:30pm Tuesday.

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College Basketball: Cards Visit Pitt Saturday

by Rick Howlett January 20, 2012

In college basketball this weekend, the Louisville Cardinals are on the road tomorrow night at Pittsburgh. U of L has lost three of its last four games; the Panthers have dropped seven straight. Cards’ coach Rick Pitino said today he wasn’t sure if leading scorer Kyle Kuric will play. Kuric sat out the last two […]

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U of L’s Buckles Out For Season With Second Knee Injury

by Rick Howlett January 17, 2012

University of Louisville basketball player Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of this season and all of next season after injuring his left knee during yesterday’s game at Marquette. The junior forward suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery in the next few weeks. Buckles had just recovered from a torn […]

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Pitino: Kuric Out For DePaul Game With Ankle Sprain

by Rick Howlett January 13, 2012

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says leading scorer Kyle Kuric won’t play tomorrow against DePaul after suffering a high ankle sprain in practice. The Cardinals have lost four of their last five games, including a 31 point blowout Tuesday night at Providence. Pitino says he understands fans’ frustration with the team’s struggles, but […]

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Unbeaten Cards To Host College of Charleston

by Rick Howlett December 19, 2011

The University of Louisville basketball team is off to its best start in 15 years. The Cards are 10-0 heading into tomorrow’s game against the College of Charleston. Coach Rick Pitino says his team is spending its holiday break preparing for its final stretch of non-conference games, then the Big East race. “We can rest […]

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Pitino Seeks 600th Win In Season Opener

by Rick Howlett November 10, 2011

The University of Louisville basketball team opens regular season play tomorrow night, hosting the University of Tennessee at Martin.     Coach Rick Pitino is seeking the 600th victory of his collegiate head coaching career that began at Boston University in 1978.      I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it,” Pitino said today of his overall coaching career, which […]

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U of L Basketball Team To Play In Bahamas This Week

by Rick Howlett August 8, 2011

The University of Louisville basketball team will play four games in the Bahamas this week. The Cards will play two professional teams and conduct two Red-White scrimmages starting Wednesday in Nassau. The NCAA allows teams to go on a foreign tour every four years. U of L Coach Rick Pitino says what’s more valuable is […]

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Dominican Team To Face Former UK Players In KFC Yum! Center

by Rick Howlett August 4, 2011

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for an exhibition basketball game later this month at the KFC Yum! Center featuring the Dominican national team. Some U of L fans are rankled that the visitors to the new home of the Cards will be coached by UK’s John Calipari, and their opponents will be a team of […]

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Keatts Named U of L Assistant Basketball Coach

by Rick Howlett April 28, 2011

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has named a third new assistant coach for the program.   Kevin Keatts has been head coach for the past eight seasons at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, where his teams have won two national prep championships and have been in the title game three other times. Keatts […]

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Richard Pitino Returns To U of L Staff

by Rick Howlett April 26, 2011

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has filled two assistant coaching vacancies on his staff.    Pitino announced today that his son Richard (right) will return to Louisville after two years as an assistant at Florida. He was previously a U of L assistant from 2007 to 2009. Also joining the staff is Wyking Jones, a […]

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