U of L men’s basketball falls short to DePaul Monday, Dec 13 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

On Dec. 10, U of L men’s basketball faced DePaul University on their home court, and lost with a final score of 62-55.

During the start of the game, Louisville took the lead. Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams was one of the top performers with 13 points during the first half, with sophomore forward Matt Cross following with an additional 7 points. DePaul tried to take  the lead with 05:06 left on the clock, but U of L managed to stay ahead with a score of 29-26 going into the break.

At the start of second quarter, the Cards continued to score, and stay ahead of DePaul. However, DePaul took the lead with 05:44 left on the clock. U of L began to lose reach of the win, and ended the game with a final score of 62-55.

Louisville men’s basketball will be back for another home game on Dec. 14 at 6:00 p.m against Southeastern Louisiana.

Photo courtesy of Lucas Niemi// U of L Athletics

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U of L men’s basketball takes home another win against North Carolina State Wednesday, Dec 8 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

On Dec. 4, Louisville men’s basketball played against North Carolina State, and won with a final score of 73-68.

At the end of the first half of the game, Louisville had the lead with a score of 43-29. Fifth year forward/center Malik Williams was a top performer of the night, with 12 points and three rebounds during the first half of the game. Junior guard El Ellis was another top contender during the first half of the game who scored seven points, and was able to help keep Louisville in the lead until halftime.

During the second half of the game, Louisville continued to take the lead by scoring an additional 30 points. Sophomore forward Matt Cross scored nine points and four rebounds, and graduate student guard Jarrod West scored five points and had one rebound. This is what ultimately led Louisville to the lead for the night.

U of L men’s basketball will be back at the KFR Yum! Center on Friday, Dec. 10 at 8:00 p.m to play against DePaul University.

Photo Courtesy of Lucas Niemi // U of L Athletics 

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Louisville men’s basketball trounces West Georgia Friday, Nov 5 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball beat West Georgia 103-51 on Nov. 3 at the KFC Yum! Arena

During the first half of the game, Louisville was able to take the lead. With sophomore guard/forward Dre Davis scoring nine points and senior guard Noah Locke scoring 10 points, U of L was able to have the upper hand when it came to offense.

U of L  also had great defense against West Georgia with the help of freshman forward/center Roosevelt Wheeler, who made a key defensive rebound early in the game. This led Louisville to a score of 54-28 going into halftime.

During the second half, Louisville continued to play at their best. Wheeler was able to make eight points during the second half, as well as junior forward Samuell Williamson who made six points. Louisville continued to do well with both their turnovers and their layups throughout the night, and this ultimately gave them the win.

Louisville men’s basketball will play again on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9:00p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Louisville men’s basketball schedule is out! Monday, Oct 18 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball is almost here. On November 9, the U of L men’s basketball team will play their season opener against Southern University. The game will be at the KFC Yum! Center, and tipoff will be at 9:00 p.m.

This season, U of L will have 16 home games at KFC Yum! Center. If you would like to see these games in person, you can purchase tickets online at Ticketmaster. Students can also purchase student tickets on Ticketmaster for $15.00.

If you would like to see how the team is performing prior to the season opener, $10 tickets will be for sale to watch the scrimmages at the KFC Yum! Center. The next scrimmage will be on Oct. 16 at 1:00p.m.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech// U of L Athletics 

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Louisville Men’s Basketball Will Hold Their First Scrimmage This Season Thursday, Sep 30 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville men’s basketball is back with their first scrimmage of the season at the KFC Yum! Center. On Oct. 16 at 1:00 p.m., Louisville basketball fans will be able to watch the new men’s basketball team play before their first game.

To receive your tickets, you can go to Ticketmaster.com and purchase lower-level seating for just $10.00. However, if you are a U of L student, you can get your tickets completely free by going to your My Cardinals account.

Show up and show out for another great season of Louisville men’s basketball.

Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech//U of L Athletics 

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Louisville denied bid to play in this year’s March Madness Monday, Mar 15 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball program announced on March 14 that Louisville will not be playing in this year’s NCAA March Madness tournament. This comes after the Cards were denied a bid to play by the NCAA on Selection Sunday.

Kentucky and Duke also announced that they would not be playing in the tournament either. This will be the first time since 1976 that all three teams will not compete in March Madness.

After a hard season for Louisville basketball, head coach Chris Mack had to announce the ending of the season for his team March 14.

No one was prepared to not be extended an invite to the tournament this year, and the shock of the matter has everyone questioning on what they could do differently for the following season.

“We need to have a great off season in front of us. One that we needed last summer,” Mack said in a press interview on Monday, March 15. “When you welcome three new freshman, two grad transfers and you’re bringing back sophomores that didn’t play a year ago, you need an off season.”

Mack went on to speculate that if the team hadn’t been affected by so many positive COVID-19 cases, as well as injuries, things could have played out differently for them.

Still, Louisville basketball will have one last chance to play in the NCAA tournament, but only if another team drops out due to COVID.

Mack said that he does not see an incident like this occurring when the tournament is just around the corner. He also said that he would never wish for any team to be hit with new COVID cases, and that it wouldn’t feel as rewarding to know that they would be replacing a team that was supposed to be in the tournament.

Mack finally ended the conversation by speaking out on how he has been dealing with negativity surrounding his name as the head coach of Louisville’s men’s basketball program.

“The key is to have humility about any of these situations,” he said. He said he tries to be a supportive coach for his team and that they were dealt a bad deck of cards this season.

Nonetheless, his team is looking forward to improving their three-point shooting and defense in the following season in hopes of making it to the tournament next year.

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U of L NCAA allegations referred to independent review board Wednesday, Mar 10 2021 

By Madelin Shelton — 

The NCAA granted the University of Louisville’s request to resolve its case regarding alleged violations in the men’s basketball program through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The IARP is responsible for reviewing complex infraction cases in Division I.

This move is the final step in the ongoing NCAA Allegations case involving the University of Louisville. The IARP’s decision is final and the university will not be able to make appeals.

The NCAA’s original Notice of Allegations included one Level I and three Level II violations relating to the sex and recruitment scandal under former head coach Rick Pitino.

U of L has challenged the allegations, thus leading to the request of the case’s resolution to the IARP. Further, the university chose to refer to the IARP because it has cited doubts about being given a fair hearing by the NCAA.

“Five members of the IARP’s 15-person Independent Resolution Panel will conduct a hearing, determine whether violations took place and prescribe penalties. The details of U of L’s case will remain confidential until the IARP announces a decision,” the Courier Journal reported.

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Louisville takes a loss against the Virginia Cavaliers during last ACC game Sunday, Mar 7 2021 

By Hannah Walker —

The Louisville men’s basketball team played their last ACC game Mar. 6 at the KFC Yum! Center against the Virginia Cavaliers. U of L lost with a final score of 58-68 and will be going into the conference tournament in the seventh seed.

During the first half, Louisville maintained their defense with the help of guard/forward sophomore Samuell Williamson. Williamson was able to score 4 of U of L’s points, make 7 rebounds and managed to make 1 assist during the first 20 minutes of the game.

Following his performance was sophomore guard David Johnson who made 6 of U of L’s points during the first half as well as 2 rebounds. By the end of the first half, Louisville was down 7 points with a score of 21-28.

Going into the second half, Louisville needed to increase both their percent scoring and their percent turnovers. The Cardinals only made 40% of scores during the first half of the game and 6% turnovers. Louisville would need to make at least 20% more scores and 10% more turnovers than Virginia to gain a decent advantage.

However, Louisville only had an 8% increase in scoring during the second half and continued to decrease in turnovers. Although their offense continued to get better throughout the game, they lacked defensively against Virginia’s team.

Nonetheless, Johnson continued to be Louisville’s star player during the second half of the game, as well as redshirt freshman forward Jae’Lyn Withers. Johnson was able to score 8 points for the Cardinals and Withers was able to score 12 point and 4 rebounds during the final stretch of the game.

When asked what happened today at the senior game, coach Chris Mack said the Cavaliers were a tough team to score against.

“We missed some points at the free throw line and some lay ups,” Mack said. “Those things you just can’t do against UVA.”

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U of L basketball’s head coach tests positive for COVID, U of L vs Pittsburgh postponed Tuesday, Feb 9 2021 

By Joseph Garcia —

Tomorrow’s men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh has been postponed following additional positive tests for COVID-19 within the program, including head coach Chris Mack. In a press release, the University of Louisville said the postponement also comes following subsequent quarantining and contact tracing within the men’s basketball program.

The athletics department reported that Mack is experiencing mild symptoms and is communicating with team members and staff virtually while he quarantines.

Mack will be absent at Louisville’s match against Virginia Tech on Feb. 13, however assistant coach Dino Gaudio will take his place during practice this week and Saturday’s game.

Kenny Klein, spokesman for U of L athletics, said that last week the athletics department conducted more than 1,100 tests, four of which were positive. Since testing began in June of 2020, the department has reported 235 positive tests.

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Louisville men’s basketball stops operations after positive COVID-19 tests Wednesday, Jul 8 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball activities have come to an abrupt halt after two members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19. U of L athletics has been testing student-athletes for COVID-19 regularly since May 29. U of L is not disclosing who tested positive within the organization.

This comes nearly two months after U of L reopened its doors to student-athletes for voluntary workouts. At this point, it is unknown if any other members of the men’s basketball organization have been exposed to those who tested positive.

“[Men’s] basketball is certainly a sport that is going to get a lot of attention. These two individuals exhibited signs and we were able to have them tested on Monday. Because we are part of the U of L health system we were able to get those results back quickly. Through quarantining and contact tracing we are able to make sure we have everyone covered in the program,” Athletic Director Vince Tyra said during a virtual press conference on July 7.

U of L men’s basketball has been following all CDC approved guidelines and regulations for involuntary workouts leading up to the incident. Proper quarantine guidelines will be in play for the members of the men’s basketball organization that were potentially exposed to the virus.

The possibility of positive tests has trickled into other sports as well. U of L football has continued to push back the start date of their season. The ACC’s original plan for the Cardinals to host North Carolina State on Sept. 2 is to be determined.

“You have to know that if you enter a season you are going to run into instances like we are running into now,” Tyra said. “There is a lot of monitoring going on to discuss these situations that campuses are individually having.”

Vince Tyra talked about the steps that would be taken if mid-season positive COVID-19 tests occur. “You have to be prepared. That is where you get into situations whether it is a no-contest or a forfeit. These are going to be things that we are dealing with for the first time,” Tyra said.

The 2020-2021 men’s basketball schedule has yet to be released.

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