|School Name:||University of Louisville|
|Arena:||KFC Yum! Center|
|Head coach:||Chris Mack|
The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team is the 18th winningest college basketball team in NCAA Division I history and has the 10th best winning percentage in college basketball history. Currently coached by Chris Mack, the Cardinals of the University of Louisville have a tradition of continued success, having been to 37 NCAA tournaments (5th all time) with 60 tournament wins (6th all time). Louisville has been to eight Final Fours (7th all time) and is one of only 13 programs in the nation to have won two NCAA championships. Under Denny Crum, Louisville was the premier program of the 1980s, going to four Final Fours, winning two NCAA championships, and posting the best NCAA tournament record of that era. Louisville's rivalry with the University of Kentucky is considered one of the most intense in college sports by Louisville fans, and the basketball game is commonly known as the Dream Game by locals and Battle for the Bluegrass by those outside the Commonwealth. Louisville also maintains basketball rivalries with West Virginia, Cincinnati, Memphis and Marquette.
The Cardinals are also notable as the only NCAA Division I basketball team to have been forced to vacate a national championship, having what had been their third national title in 2013 stripped from NCAA records. In 2015, a self-described former madam charged that program staffer Andre McGee had paid her several thousand dollars to provide strippers and prostitutes to players and recruits during a four-year period that included the championship team. The NCAA confirmed the accusations, forcing Louisvlle to vacate over 120 wins, including the 2013 national title and 2012 Final Four appearance. In 2017, the program was caught up in a corruption scandal that saw several major programs linked to massive under-the-table payments to recruits. Head coach Rick Pitino was fired after the 2017 scandal came to light, and the program has since received a notice of allegations from the NCAA regarding that scandal.
The Cardinals have won 18 or more games 37 of the past 40 years, including 15 years with 24 or more wins.
University of Louisville basketball tradition
|All-time NCAA Tournaments||40||5th|
|All-time NCAA Tournament Wins||74||6th|
|All-time NCAA Final Fours||10||T-7th|
|All-time Winning Percentage||66%||9th|
As of the end of the 2008-09 season, UofL had an all-time 1587–831 record in 94 seasons of intercollegiate basketball. The Cardinals are 16th among all NCAA schools in victories and Tie-9th in winning percentage.
On March 16, 2009, UofL was ranked #1, during the season, for the first time in its 93 year men's basketball program, a ranking that it would carry through the final poll of the regular season and into the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Louisville is the only school in the nation to have claimed the championship of three major national post-season tournaments including the 1948 NAIB championship, the 1956 NIT title and the 1980 and 1986 NCAA championships.
UofL basketball has been named the seventh best all-time basketball program by Street and Smith's, The Sporting News, and CBS Sportsline.
Eighteen Louisville players have earned All-America status, the most recent being Francisco Garcia in 2005. The Cardinals have had 59 players taken in the NBA Draft, the most recent being Earl Clark and Terrence Williams, who were chosen in the first round in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Louisville has made 37 NCAA Tournament appearances (5th all-time) and 14 NIT appearances. The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Tournament 24 of the last 31 years (six of the last nine years, 12 of last 16). The Cards have reached the Sweet 16 on 23 occasions. Louisville is fifth in tournament victories (62). UofL has a 62–37 overall NCAA Tournament record, reaching the Final Four eight times.
Louisville owns a 664–136 record in 54 seasons in Freedom Hall (.83 winning percentage), the Cards' home since 1956. Freedom Hall has been the site of six NCAA Final Fours, four additional NCAA events and 10 conference tournaments. ESPN College Basketball magazine once named Freedom Hall as the nation’s “Best Playing Floor.”
Louisville has won its conference championship or finished second in its league in 22 of the last 31 years. Louisville has two representatives in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Cardinal All-American and former Washington Bullets All-Star Wes Unseld, who was inducted in 1988, and former coach Denny Crum, who was inducted in ‘94.
Louisville has ranked among the top 10 nationally in average home attendance each of the last 27 years, including the last 22 straight in the nation's top five (18,316 in '05-06, fourth in the nation). Two of the top 10 all-time crowds in Freedom Hall came during the 2005-06 season. A Freedom Hall record 20,091 fans attended the Cardinals’ Jan. 21 game against Connecticut. In 2010, a new Freedom Hall attendance record was set when 20,135 fans witnessed the Cardinals defeat #1 ranked Syracuse Orange in the final University of Louisville game in the arena. With sellout crowds the norm and ranking third nationally in home attendance, the Cardinals have a waiting list of more than 4,000 wanting to purchase season tickets.
The Cardinals have been ranked on 429 occasions in the AP poll, seventh most all-time. UofL rose to as high as No. 4 during the 2005-06 season on Dec. 12, when the Cards had won their first six games. Louisville was No. 7 in the AP preseason poll and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today preseason poll last year. Surprisingly, with all of their success, they have never held the number one ranking in either of the two major polls until March 16, 2009. UofL is second all-time in the NCAA with 46 consecutive winning seasons (not current). The Cards played winning basketball from 1944-45 through 1989-90, winning 20 or more games on 31 occasions during that period.
U of L has 59 players who have reached 1,000 points for their careers for the most players in NCAA Division I to reach that total.
Louisville is 101–0 all-time when scoring 100 or more points.
Valued at $24.4 million, Louisville's basketball team is ranked third on Forbes.com's The Most Valuable College Basketball Teams list.
Template:As of, Louisville has 59 1000-point career scorers, edging out North Carolina by one for most all time. Forwards Juan Palacios and Terrence Williams both reached the 1000 point mark in the 2007-08 season.
As of March 14, 2009, Louisville achieved its first ever Big East Conference Tournament Championship, defeating Syracuse 76–66. On March 22, 2009, Louisville beat Siena in a close game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
In the 2008-09 season, Louisville received a pre-season AP rank of #3. Led by Terrence Williams and Earl Clark, both of whom would be drafted in the 2009 NBA Draft, Louisville won both the Big East regular season championship with a 16-2 conference record and the Big East Tournament. The team earned a #1 AP ranking, and were named the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. Louisville eventually lost in the Elite Eight to #2-seed Michigan State, finishing the season 31-6.
In the 2009-10 season, Louisville received a pre-season AP rank of #20, and reached as high as #16 before three early non-conference losses knocked them out of the top 25. On March 6, 2010, Louisville defeated #1 Syracuse in the team's final game at Freedom Hall. Louisville finished the season 20–13, 11–7 in Big East play. They received an at-large bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, earning a 9 seed in the South Region where they lost to 8 seed California in the first round.
2010-11 is the first season for Louisville playing in the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville opened the season unranked but entered the top 25 after defeating #16 Butler and #20 UNLV. They experienced success since those wins, taking down then-ranked #5 Connecticut, #13 ranked Syracuse, and #6 Pittsburgh.
Louisville drew a #4 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament only to be faced against Morehead St. for the second time in three years. In the second round match up Morehead State defeated Louisville 62-61 to end Louisville's 2010-11 season.
Notable former players
As of December 2010, at least 15 former Cardinal players are playing professional basketball, with five of those (Derrick Caracter, Earl Clark, Francisco García, Samardo Samuels, and Terrence Williams) currently playing in the NBA. Reece Gaines and Dwayne Morton have previously played in the NBA, but are now playing in international leagues.
|Derrick Caracter||Template:Country Flag USA NBA||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Earl Clark||Template:Country Flag USA NBA||Orlando Magic|
|Damion Dantzler||Template:Country Flag FIN Korisliiga||Tampereen Pyrintö|
|Kendall Dartez||Template:Country Flag FRA LNB Pro A||Chorale Roanne Basket|
|Taquan Dean||Template:Country Flag ESP Liga ACB||Unicaja Málaga|
|Nouha Diakite||Template:Country Flag FRA LNB Pro A||ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne|
|Reece Gaines||Template:Country Flag FRA Pro A||JA Vichy|
|Francisco García||Template:Country Flag USA NBA||Sacramento Kings|
|Otis George||Template:Country Flag KOR Korean Basketball League||Daegu Orions|
|Troy Jackson||Template:Country Flag USA American Streetball||AND1 Mixtape Tour|
|Dwayne Morton||Template:Country Flag BGR Bulgarian A1 First||Balkan Botevgrad|
|Joseph N'Sima||Template:Country Flag FRA Nationale 1 (3rd Level), France||USA Toulouges|
|Larry O'Bannon||Template:Country Flag ISR Israeli Basketball Super League||Maccabi Haifa|
|Jason Osborne||Template:Country Flag ARG Liga Nacional de Básquetbol||Peñarol Mar del Plata|
|Tick Rogers||Template:Country Flag ISR Israel National League||Hapoel Beer-Sheva|
|Samardo Samuels||Template:Country Flag USA NBA||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Edgar Sosa||Template:Country Flag ITA Eurocup Serie A||Angelico Biella|
|Terrence Williams||Template:Country Flag USA NBA||Houston Rockets|
|Tony Williams||Template:Country Flag FRA LNB Pro A||Hyères-Toulon Var Basket|
* – player has been drafted by the listed team but has not yet played professionally.
Several other former players have played in the NBA, including:
- Butch Beard
- Junior Bridgeman
- Jack Coleman
- Wesley Cox
- "Never Nervous" Pervis Ellison
- Lancaster Gordon
- Darrell Griffith
- Rodney McCray
- Scooter McCray
- Greg Minor
- Dwayne Morton
- Kenny Payne
- Jim Price
- Clifford Rozier
- Derek Smith
- LaBradford Smith
- Felton Spencer
- Barry Sumpter
- Billy Thompson
- Charlie Tyra
- Wes Unseld
- Milt Wagner
- Samaki Walker
- Rick Wilson
Louisville has produced nineteen All-Americans, including:
|Charlie Tyra||Louisville, Kentucky||1955-57|
|Don Goldstein||New York, New York||1958-59|
|John Turner||Newport, Kentucky||1960-61|
|Wes Unseld||Louisville, Kentucky||1965–1968|
|Butch Beard||Hardinsburg, Kentucky||1968-69|
|Jim Price||Russellville, Kentucky||1971-72|
|Junior Bridgeman||East Chicago, Indiana||1974-75|
|Allen Murphy||Birmingham, Alabama||1974-75|
|Phil Bond||Louisville, Kentucky||1975-76|
|Wesley Cox||Louisville, Kentucky||1976-77|
|Rick Wilson||Louisville, Kentucky||1977-78|
|Darrell Griffith||Louisville, Kentucky||1978-80|
|Lancaster Gordon||Jackson, Mississippi||1983-84|
|Pervis Ellison||Savannah, Georgia||1988-89|
|Clifford Rozier||Bradenton, Florida||1993-94|
|DeJuan Wheat||Louisville, Kentucky||1996-97|
|Reece Gaines||Madison, Wisconsin||2002-03|
|Francisco García||Bronx, New York||2004-05|
|Terrence Williams||Seattle, Washington||2008-09|
Year by year results
The following is according to Louisville's 2008-10 media guide.
|1916-17||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||—||—||—|
|1921-22||John T. O'Rouke||1-13||—||—||—|
|1922-23||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||—||—||—|
|1925-26||Tom King||4-8||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1926-27||Tom King||7-5||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1927-28||Tom King||12-4||—||—||KIAC Tournament Champion|
|1928-29||Tom King||12-8||—||—||KIAC Tournament Champion|
|1929-30||Tom King||9-6||—||—||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|1930-31||Edward Weber||5-11||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1931-32||Edward Weber||15-7||—||—||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|1932-33||C.V. Money||11-11||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1933-34||C.V. Money||16-9||—||—||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|1934-35||C.V. Money||5-9||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1935-36||C.V. Money||14-11||—||—||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|1936-37||Lawrence Apitz||4-8||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1937-38||Lawrence Apitz||4-11||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1938-39||Lawrence Apitz||1-15||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1939-40||Lawrence Apitz||1-18||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1940-41||John C. Heldman, Jr.||2-14||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1941-42||John C. Heldman, Jr.||7-10||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1942-43||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||—||—||—|
|1943-44||Harold Church and Walter Casey||10-10||—||—||—|
|1945-46||Bernard Hickman||22-6||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1946-47||Bernard Hickman||17-6||—||—||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1947-48||Bernard Hickman||29-6||—||—||NAIB Champion, Olympic Trials Participant|
|1950-51||Bernard Hickman||19-7||—||—||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|1951-52||Bernard Hickman||20-6||—||—||NIT Participant|
|1952-53||Bernard Hickman||22-6||—||—||NIT Participant|
|1953-54||Bernard Hickman||22-7||—||—||NIT Participant|
|1954-55||Bernard Hickman||19-8||—||—||NIT Participant|
|1955-56||Bernard Hickman||26-3||—||—||NIT Champion|
|1958-59||Bernard Hickman||19-12||—||—||NCAA Final Four|
|1960-61||Bernard Hickman||21-8||—||—||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1963-64||Bernard Hickman||15-10||—||—||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|Missouri Valley Conference (1964–1971)|
|1965-66||Bernard Hickman||16-10||8-6||4||NIT Participant|
|1966-67||Bernard Hickman||23-5||12-2||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1967-68||John Dromo||21-7||14-2||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1968-69||John Dromo||21-6||13-3||2||NIT Participant|
|1969-70||John Dromo||18-9||11-5||3||NIT Participant|
|1970-71||John Dromo and Howard Stacey||20-9||9-5||T-1||NIT Participant|
|Denny Crum – Missouri Valley Conference (1971–1975)|
|1971-72||Denny Crum||26-5||12-2||T-1||NCAA Final Four|
|1972-73||Denny Crum||23-7||11-3||2||NIT Participant|
|1973-74||Denny Crum||21-7||11-1||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1974-75||Denny Crum||28-3||12-2||1||NCAA Final Four|
|Denny Crum – Metro Conference (1975–1996)|
|1975-76||Denny Crum||20-8||2-2||2||NIT Participant|
|1976-77||Denny Crum||21-7||6-1||1||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|1977-78||Denny Crum||23-7||9-3||2||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1978-79||Denny Crum||24-8||9-1||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1979-80||Denny Crum||33-3||12-0||1||NCAA Champion|
|1980-81||Denny Crum||21-9||11-1||1||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|1981-82||Denny Crum||23-10||8-4||2||NCAA Final Four|
|1982-83||Denny Crum||32-4||12-0||1||NCAA Final Four|
|1983-84||Denny Crum||24-11||11-3||T-1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1984-85||Denny Crum||19-18||—||—||NIT Participant|
|1985-86||Denny Crum||32-7||10-2||1||NCAA Champion|
|1987-88||Denny Crum||24-11||9-3||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1988-89||Denny Crum||24-9||8-4||T-2||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1989-90||Denny Crum||27-8||12-2||1||NCAA Tournament Second Round|
|1991-92||Denny Crum||19-11||7-5||T-2||NCAA Tournament Second Round|
|1992-93||Denny Crum||22-9||11-1||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1993-94||Denny Crum||28-6||10-2||1||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1994-95||Denny Crum||19-14||7-5||T-2||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|Denny Crum – Conference USA (1996–2001)|
|1995-96||Denny Crum||22-12||10-4||T-3||NCAA Tournament Sweet 16|
|1996-97||Denny Crum||26-9||9-5||T-5||NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1997-98||Denny Crum||12-20||9-5||5 (American Division)||—|
|1998-99||Denny Crum||19-11||11-5||2 (American)||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|1999-2000||Denny Crum||19-12||10-6||2 (American)||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|2000-01||Denny Crum||12-19||8-8||T-5 (American)||—|
|Rick Pitino – Conference USA (2001–2005)|
|2001-02||Rick Pitino||19-13||8-8||5 (American)||NIT Participant|
|2002-03||Rick Pitino||25-7||11-5||2 (American)||NCAA Tournament Second Round|
|2003-04||Rick Pitino||20-10||9-7||T-6||NCAA Tournament Participant|
|2004-05||Rick Pitino||33-5||14-2||1||NCAA Final Four|
|Rick Pitino – Big East (2005–present)|
|2005-06||Rick Pitino||21-13||6-10||11||NIT Final Four|
|2006-07||Rick Pitino||24-10||12-4||2||NCAA Tournament Second Round|
|2007-08||Rick Pitino||27-9||14-4||2||NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2008-09||Rick Pitino||31-6||16-2||1||NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|2009-10||Rick Pitino||20-13||11-7||2||NCAA Tournament First Round|
Conference Regular Season Champion
Conference Tournament Champion
- 2008-09 Louisville men's basketball media guide
- ESPN - Lawsuit targets NCAA's capping of scholarship costs.
- Forbes: In Pictures: The Most Valuable College Basketball Teams
- "Around the Rim: 2/17/08". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/notebook?page=notebook/atr080217. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
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