Louisville men’s basketball adds Gabe Wiznitzer to roster Thursday, Jul 9 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball tacks on a much needed big man to their roster. Gabe Wiznitzer, a 6-11 center out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. signed his letter-of-intent July 8.

Wiznitzer joins Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and Anton Gill as the fourth Cardinal to graduate from Hargrave before taking their talents to the Yum! Center. Wiznitzer averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 42% from the three-point line during his career at Hargrave.

He originally planned to be apart of the 2021-2022 recruiting class but opted to join the 2020-2021 recruiting class instead. Witnitzer chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, LSU, Iowa and West Virginia.

“We’ve been looking to add a big man to our frontcourt for some time. Gabe presents really good size, good skill, and tremendous work ethic,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said.

Wiznitzer began his high school career at The Christ School in Arden, N.C. before transferring to Hargrave. He averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game during his time at The Christ School.

In 2019 he transferred to Hargrave to prepare for his collegiate basketball career. Wiznitzer flourished during his time at Hargrave, adding to his stat line and gaining national attention for his skill set.

“Spending last year at Hargrave was a bonus in his development. Our intention is to redshirt Gabe to aid in that development. During this coming season, Gabe will train, practice, and travel throughout the entire season,” Mack said.

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Men’s basketball routed by Seminoles Friday, Feb 28 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The No. 11 Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team lost 82-67 to the No. 6 Florida State Seminoles Feb. 24 at the Donald L. Tucker Center.

The Cardinals (24-6. 14-4) played in front of an unwelcoming crowd, as the arena was at 100% capacity. With this loss, Louisville now sits a game half back from Florida State in the current ACC standings.

The Cardinals were strong defensively in the first half and held the Seminoles (24-4, 14-3) at 15 points through the first ten minutes of the game.

Louisville’s old-school scoring style to get to the rim proved effective. The Cardinals produced only two-point buckets and free-throws through the first 13 minutes of the game until senior Ryan McMahon bottomed a three-pointer from the left wing to put the Cardinals up 24-17.

The Cardinals kept their space from Florida State on the scoreboard during the first half, matching every jumper the Seminoles hit from the field. Headed into the locker room for halftime, Louisville led Florida State 40-32.

Early in the second half, the Cardinals sat comfortably in the driver’s seat with a ten-point lead and looked to have the obvious momentum. Louisville soon went through a nine-minute scoring drought.

Seminoles senior Trent Forrest scored 14 of his 16 total points in the second half during Louisville’s stretch without a basket. Florida State ended up rallying back for the home victory due to the Cardinals scoring drought, defeating Louisville 82-67.

McMahon finished with 14 points. Junior Jordan Nwora had 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman David Johnson totaled 13 points, four points and four assists. Senior Dywane Sutton finished with eight points and five rebounds.

The Seminoles’ field goal percentage propelled them to victory, they shot 51% from the field and 31% from the three-point line. Head coach Chris Mack said, “We battled. I thought their pressure, although it might have not turned us over, kept us on our heels. We handled it the first 20 minutes. Just didn’t keep up the pace in the second half.”

Louisville will host Virginia Tech next at the KFC Yum! Center Mar. 1 at 6 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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No. 5 Cardinals Men’s Basketball falls to Clemson Thursday, Feb 20 2020 

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team lost to the Clemson Tigers 77-62 Feb. 15 at the Littlejohn Coliseum.

This is the Cardinals (21-5, 12-3) third road loss this season, and Louisville is now enduring a two game losing streak.

Louisville shot poorly in the first half. The Cardinals shot 15.6 percent from the field as they managed to sink 3 of the 16 three-pointers.

The Tigers shot 46 percent from the field and flushed three three-pointers. Clemson (13-12, 7-8) had two players with double-digit scoring totals before the half.

Senior Dwayne Sutton led the Cardinals through their rough shooting streak. Sutton had eight points and six rebounds in the first half.

Louisville trailed Clemson 31-14 going into the half, the Cardinals lowest halftime score so far this season.

Clemson continued their excellent shooting performance with the help of the crowd. The Tigers ended the game shooting 51 percent from the field.

The Cardinals fouled Clemson 19 times, which led to 18 made free-throws for Clemson.

The Cardinals rebounded and assisted better than the Tigers, but Louisville’s 34.8 shooting percentage held them back.

At one point, Clemson led the Cardinals by a lopsided 21 points. Louisville came within 11 points at the 1:54 mark after Junior Jordan Nwora banged a three-pointer, but that was as close as the Cardinals came to tying the Tigers.

Clemson sealed the win at home with their second win against a top ten team in the nation.

Sutton shined in the Cardinals’ defeat. He had 18 points and seven rebounds. Freshman David Johnson contributed late in the game, ending with 12 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Junior Malik Williams had nine points and four rebounds.

Coach Chris Mack for Louisville said after the game, “It’s my fault. I have to figure it out. We as a coaching staff have to figure it out. It looks like we’re playing like we don’t have anything to play for. It’s frustrating. But it’s my job to figure it out, and I’ve failed so far.”

Louisille will look to redeem their play Feb. 19 at the KFC Yum! Center when they host the Syracuse Orange.

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No. 3 Louisville tops Miami (OH) in home win Friday, Dec 20 2019 

By John McCarthy —

 

The Cardinals defeated Miami (OH) Dec. 18 at the KFC Yum! Center, 70-46. 

The Redhawks tested Louisville in the first half, but the Cardinals settled down in the second half and won by a comfortable 24 points.

The Cardinals struggled from the field in the first half, shooting less than 30% from the three-point line. 

Miami (5-6, 0-0) had a series of runs led by precise rebounding that challenged Louisville in the first 20 minutes. 

The Cardinals (11-1, 2-0) managed to go on a 14-2 run to go up by twelve points, but the Redhawks continued to cut into the Louisville lead.

By the end of the first half, Louisville fought back, spreading the gap to 28-20. The major contributor for the Redhawks in the first half was sophomore Mekhi Lairy, who had 10 points. 

The second half was all Cardinals after the clock struck ten minutes left. 

Junior Jordan Nwora poured in 20 points while senior Ryan MacMahon contributed 11 points. Senior Dwayne Sutton tied his career-high for rebounds with 15. 

Although the Cardinals never trailed in the game, the Redhawks were able to cut the deficit to 44-40 with 9:02 left in the second half after Redhawk sophomore Josh Brewer’s three-pointer. 

The Cardinals went on a 17-0 run the next five minutes to close out Miami.

This is the fifth loss in the last six games for the struggling Redhawks. Cardinal Coach Chris Mack said, “I am just happy that we were able to finish the game the right way in such an overwhelming fashion the last ten minutes.”

This matchup resulted in a much-needed victory for the Cardinals. Following the Cardinals’ loss in Madison Square Garden against Texas Tech, Miami matched with a No. 3 Louisville team seeking to get back to the top spot in the nation.

 The Cardinals’ next game will be against the Kentucky Wildcats, their long time in-state rival. The Wildcats will head home after a two-game getaway in Las Vegas before hosting the Cardinals. Louisville will clash with Kentucky Dec. 28 at 3:45 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. 

The Wildcats have won the last two games in the battle of the bluegrass against Louisville, but this season, they will have their hands full with an all-around elite top five in the nation Louisville team. 

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Up-and-coming freshmen raising the bar Friday, Nov 15 2019 

By Luke Graham–

Coach Chris Mack made quick work recruiting the No. 12 incoming class in the country. The class includes one five-star McDonalds All- American and a helping of four stars.

Mack seemed to always be close to landing big names while at Xavier, but he never had a big name university to achieve the final approval. In just his second year, it is exciting to see what he can possibly do for the future with his recruiting abilities.

The current freshman class is led by five-star forward Samuell Williamson. Williamson averaged 25-11-4 in points, rebounds and assists in his senior year of high school. He is the first McDonalds All-American the Cards brought in since VJ King and Mack’s first at Louisville.

Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Jaelyn Withers and Quinn Slazinkski round up the recruiting class for the Cards.

Most Louisville fans will have a special place in their hearts for David Johnson who elected to stay home after graduating from Trinity and play for the Cards. The guard was a four-year starter at Trinity and averaged 16-7-4 in points, rebounds and assists as a senior. He also received the Kentucky State Sweet Sixteen MVP.

An honorable mention from this class is graduate transfer Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble who came from St. Joes University. 

While most of the freshmen got a chance to play against Miami, Williamson stuck out most. With raw potential that Mack and his staff will surely tap into, he showed flashes of something special. He made good cuts, had an eye for the court and played pretty good defense for a first game freshman.

It is unclear how much time these young Cards will play early in the season, but it is a nice sign that Mack has a formidable class to build on what they did last year.

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No. 4 Cards slams Indiana State 91-62 Friday, Nov 15 2019 

By Luke Graham-

Louisville men’s basketball took down Indiana State Nov. 13 with a final score of 91-62 at the KFC Yum! Center, maintaining a three game win streak. Junior forward Jordan Nwora came in strong, shooting 56 percent and 50 percent from behind the arc.

The Cards (3-0, 1-0) finished out the first half with a 47-26 lead. In the first half, Nwora kept the pace up, shooting four of eight and making both of his threes to finish the first half with 14 of the Cards’ 47 points.

Redshirt senior Dwayne Sutton played very well in the first half. He was all over the court and guarding anyone who came his way. He finished the half with 10 points and six rebounds. Graduate transfer Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble helped the Cards out while shooting 100 percent, going 3-of-3 from the field and 1-for-1 from three.

The Cards let Indiana State (0-2) go on a little run to start the second half but calmed down and took the game back over. Louisville’s defense stepped up, led in most part by redshirt Senior Dwayne Sutton locking down whomever got hot for Indiana State. He also finished with a double-double, scoring 14 with 10 rebounds. He finished second in scoring behind Jordan Nwora with 21.

Freshman and 5-star McDonalds All-American Samuell Williamson showed flashes of what is to come, finishing the night off with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists while adding on a block and a steal. Williamson played the game smooth no matter if he was on defense, court vision, or shooting.

Kimble had an excellent game and showed real control while running the point for the Cards. He showed maturity and poise while only missing one shot and finishing with 13 points.

With a win, Louisville will look to climb up into the top three teams in the country after rival Kentucky took an upset loss to the University of Evansville.

Louisville will stay at home and play host to NC Central in the Global Sports Shootout on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. on the ACC network.

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Key players to watch in men’s basketball Tuesday, Nov 12 2019 

By Luke Graham —

Last year, there were no expectations for the Cards. Head coach Chris Mack impressed during his first year and seems like he will get the best out of his players.

Mack has real talent now and players are expected to perform.

Forward Jordan Nwora is the most talked-about Card and will be the scoring leader. He shot 45 percent from the field last year and 38 percent from behind the arc.

In his first game against Miami, he picked up right where he left off with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

His biggest issue last year was his defensive abilities. If he can improve his defense and ball-handling abilities, he has first-round NBA potential.

Freshman and McDonalds All-American Samuell Williamson looks like he will play a big role as well. He has the ability to be an infamous one-and-done, but if that’s the case, Cards fans hope to remember that one year as spectacular.

It seems that after the first game, he will get every opportunity to play and be a big player in Mack’s second year. He has already shown flashes of good offensive talent with an eye for the court and good defensive abilities.

Junior Malik Williams and senior Steven Enoch look to protect the basket and cause damage to it on the other. If Williams can come back from a broken foot, and Enoch can stay healthy and out of foul trouble, then they could be the key to advancing deep in “The Big Dance” in March.

This can only happen if they both stay healthy and aggressive.  They are forces down low and can determine a game by their defensive presence and offensive capabilities to finish and score.

The Cards need the McDonalds All-American to live up to the hype, Nwora to be the leader of the team and the big men in the paint and Williams and Enoch to stay healthy and on the court.

If all goes well, Cardinal fans could be in for an exciting year. The country has already taken notice of a No. 5 national ranking.

With teams like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky on the schedule, Louisville’s key players will have to step up and play like some of the best guys in the country.  North Carolina top recruit Cole Anthony versus Williamson will be fun to watch this year.

Freshmen Matthew Hunt and Vernon Casey from Duke will be show stoppers too. This is the game that Enoch and Williams must show their experience and lockdown both young freshmen and show the country why Louisville should be on high alert.

The Cards look to face off against Youngstown State in their next game on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the Yum Center.

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Expectations swell Mack’s second year Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest–

Opening his second season with the Cardinals, Chris Mack has already started to leave his mark with the Cardinals. Ranked No. 5 nationally, Louisville has already entered the national championship conversation just two years into the Mack era.

Attributing to Mack’s success is his most recent recruiting class earning a rank within the top 15.

Sophomore Dwayne Sutton made a good first impression against Miami scoring 16 against them this season. Freshman Samual Williamson came in with the heat as well scoring 13 points. Mack also scored graduate transfer Lamarr Kimble this year, who will leave his mark on the program too.

Junior Jordan Nwora will lead scoring this season for the Cardinals, starting the season off with 23 points against Miami. In an exhibition game against Bellarmine University Nwora scored a parasol record of 27. Nwora trained extensively for this season by attending an NBA training camp.

It is also important to note what Mack has accomplished given his circumstances. Mack inherited a team that was in shambles after Pitino, with restricted resources due to sanctions. While Louisville had a mediocre season last year, Mack suffered from past stigmas.

Louisville fans were also demoralized after the Pitino-era scandals. In order to turn the team around, Mack also had to reestablish trust with the fans. While people often think sports are mostly focused on the talent of athletes and coaching, it is a struggle when fans are apprehensive.

While it is too early to tell if the Cardinals will be in the running for a 2020 national title, it is impossible to keep this team out of the conversation.

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Louisville men’s basketball takes home a win against Miami Friday, Nov 8 2019 

Jocelyn Kronoveter– 

Louisville men’s basketball starts off the season with a strong 87-74 win against Miami Nov. 6 at the Hurricane’s home court.

Less than a minute into the first half, Miami scored three-point jumper. A minute later, junior Jordan Nwora came in strong and scored two points with a layup.

After Miami scored another three points, senior Steven Enoch made a basket and brought the score to 4-6. 

Nwora made another layup followed shortly with a free throw, putting Louisville in the lead 7-6. Miami player Kameron McGusty made a basket, putting the team in the lead. 

Determined to put Louisville back in the lead, senior Ryan McMahon scored two more times. Senior Dwayne Sutton followed with his first free throw of the game.

Eight minutes left in the first quarter, Louisville’s players came back strong and were in the lead 26-16.

In the second half, Louisville made more successful shots at the basket than Miami. Nwora made two successful free throws less than a minute in the half, with the team up 47-26.

Miami junior Chris Lykes then made two free throws followed by a three point shot by McGusty, allowing Miami to get closer.

The Cards did not score any more points after this. The teamwork and effort showed in the end of the first half and the start of the second kept Louisville on top and they went home with the win.

In an interview with Louisville’s head coach Chris Mack said he wasn’t worried about the preseason hype.

Mack went on to talk about how regardless of the teams progress, they won’t let it get to their heads. “I think that anytime you get told over and over how good you are before you’ve done anything, or earned it, it gives you a false sense of effort. It gives a false sense of you having done something that you haven’t.” Mack said.

The Cards are humble despite the hype prior to their first game and they showed off their skills by heading into a strong season after facing Miami.

Mack said he values good attitudes and consistency on the court, perhaps what led to Louisville’s victory tonight. 

The next game will be held on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center against the Youngstown State Penguins. 

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Louisville Ranked No. 5 in AP Preseason Men’s Basketball Poll Monday, Oct 21 2019 

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville is ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press men’s basketball preseason poll released on Monday.

It is the highest the Cardinals have been ranked in the preseason since 2013 when UofL opened the year ranked third in the Associated Press and USA Today polls.  It is the fifth time in the last 10 years that UofL has been ranked among the top 10 preseason.

Louisville has been ranked in the Associated Press poll on 632 occasions, sixth most all-time.  This is the 127th time the Cardinals have been ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

Louisville is one of only five schools to be ranked in the AP Top 25 poll at least once during each of the past 17 seasons, excluding preseason polls (others: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina).

UofL will face Bellarmine in an exhibition game on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.  Louisville opens its season on Nov. 5 at ACC foe Miami, the earliest opening game ever for the Cardinals and the first time since 1981 they have played a conference opponent to open the season.

Season tickets for the Cardinals’ 19 home games in the KFC Yum! Center are available now.  This year, seats throughout much of the arena have been reduced in price. Season tickets guarantee the best seating locations, allow access to the biggest match ups prior to the general public, and provide savings on a per game basis.  Season ticket packages are available online at www.GoCards.com/MBBtickets.  Additional information is available by calling the UofL ticket office at 502-852-5151, emailing tickets@gocards.com, or by visiting the UofL Ticket Office, located near Gate 2 of Cardinal Stadium at 2800 South Floyd Street.

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