Underdog Cardinals tamed the Clemson Tigers 83-73, honor 2013 National Champion Team on special night Monday, Feb 20 2023 

By Jason Krell

When it was announced that Louisville would be honoring the 2012-13 team during halftime of the matchup against Clemson (19-8, 11-5 ACC), it gave fans something to be excited about.

In a season of more downs than ups, celebrating history was just what the city and fans needed to turn the corner.

An electric first half

From tipoff, it was evident Louisville (4-23, 2-14 ACC) was playing with grit and passion, which has been relatively scarce this season. In their previous matchup on January 11th, the Cards lost 70-83.

They showcased some of that in their nail-biter loss to #7 Virginia (21-4, 13-3 ACC) on Wednesday, losing just by 3. Likewise, the Tigers matched their intensity — after a 3-game slide, they are one of the many teams on the bubble to hear their name called on Selection Sunday (which is rapidly approaching).

Senior guard El Ellis recorded 14 of his 28 points in the first half, nearly matching Clemson’s PJ Hall, who had 13 of his 28 in the first half, too.

Celebrating History

A large reason the Yum! Center saw its highest attendance rate of the season was due to the fact the University of Louisville would be honoring the 2012-13 team — a group that shifted the outlook of Louisville basketball forever.

Louisville legend Peyton Siva gave a heartfelt message to Card Nation looking back on his time as a player and reflecting on what the team accomplished that historic season. Members of the historic team were greeted with applause from a crowd loud enough to be heard all the way over in Ann Arbor.

While not all members of the team were present during the celebration, Siva made sure that those absent were acknowledged. Current Philadelphia 76rs player Montrezl Harrell, Stephan Van Treese, and 2013 NCAA Final Four MVP Luke Hancock were some of the other notable members in attendance.

Carrying the momentum till the end

After leading by three at the break, the Cardinals continued their first-half success from the field and found themselves leading by as much as 14.

Shooting an impressive 51% from the field, the Tigers simply couldn’t come up with an answer despite Hall’s 28-point performance. Louisville held Clemson to 4-24 from the arc.

Junior JJ Traynor posted two earth-shattering dunks en route to a career-best 16 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks; he was the Cards’ second-highest scorer.

Ellis capped off his dominant performance with a late 360 dunk that sealed the deal and put the Cardinals ahead by ten. Shooting an impressive 26-28 from the line (the third-best performance in program history on at least 25 attempts), Louisville made sure to stop any attempt at a late comeback push from the Tigers.

Coming Up

The Cardinals are tasked with playing three of their final four games on the road, their next being a matchup against the Duke Blue Devils on ESPN. Their final game at home will be on February, 28th against Virginia Tech.

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2013 Men’s Basketball Team Set to be Honored vs Clemson Saturday Night Wednesday, Feb 15 2023 

By Spencer Laws

The 2013 men’s basketball National Championship team is set to be honored Saturday, February, 18th against Clemson (18-7, 10-4 ACC) at 7 P.M. at the KFC Yum! Center. 

It has been 10 years since the magic historical run ended with the Cards knocking off the Michigan Wolverines in Atlanta. 

The tournament was capped off with then senior Luke Hancock being named the NCAA Most Out Standing Player; he etched his name in history with fellow Cardinals Darrell Griffith (1980) and Pervis Ellison (1986). 

Many members from the 2013 team will be attending, including Mike Baffour, Logan Baumann, Wayne Blackshear, Jordan Bond, Gorgui Dieng, Luke Hancock, Montrezl Harrell, Tim Henderson, Mike Marra, Zach Price, Peyton Siva, Stephan Van Treese, and Kevin Ware.

Players Chane Behanan, Mangok Mathiang, and Russ Smith are the only players that are confirmed not to make an appearance Saturday night. 

Many fans remember the 2013 run coining the “Win it for Ware” phrase. Sophomore Guard Kevin Ware endured a gruesome compound leg fracture in the first half of the Elite Eight game against Duke. 

Ware is famously remembered for repeating the phrase, “I’m fine, just win the game” repeatedly after being tended too. 

The elusive banner

In addition to the players being celebrated, Athletic Director Josh Heird has worked diligently to raise a banner that does not violate the NCAA’s restrictions since the title was vacated in 2018 — a banner reading “2013 Final Coaches Poll #1” will be raised in the KFC Yum! Center Saturday night. 

In addition to the celebration, fans can purchase upper-level tickets for just $13 to attend the game and help celebrate this team, which can be clicked here. 

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Louisville football falls short to the Clemson Tigers Monday, Nov 8 2021 

By: Hannah Walker–

Louisville football lost a home game against the Clemson Tigers Nov. 6 with a final score of 30-24.

At the start of the game, Clemson won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisville received and made their first touchdown early on in the game. With only 12:48 on the clock, redshirt freshman running back Jalen Mitchell rushed up the middle for a gain of 26 yards, scoring a touchdown for the Cards.

It wasn’t long after that Clemson scored to tie the game. Louisville finished the first quarter when redshirt junior quarterback Malik Cunningham gained 23 yards and scored another touchdown for U of L.

During the second quarter of the game, Louisville started with a decent lead. They scored a field goal from the 44 yard line with 10:32 on the clock, gaining a 17-7 lead. Clemson caught back up to Louisville when they made a field goal of their own, and a touchdown. This tied both teams going into halftime.

During the third quarter Louisville broke the tie when Cunningham ran 51 yards to score a touchdown for U of L. Clemson attempted to tie the game back up, but Louisville went into the fourth quarter with the lead.

During the fourth quarter, Clemson had their game face on. The Tigers scored two field goals and a touchdown during the final minutes of the game. This gave Clemson the win with a final score of 30-24.

Louisville will play their next home game against Syracuse at Cardinal Stadium on Nov. 13 at 12:00p.m.

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Louisville Volleyball Sweeps Clemson 3-0 Sunday, Oct 3 2021 

By Daniel Rankin —

The No. 3 Louisville Cardinals continued their season dominance in Clemson, South Carolina, sweeping the Tigers in three sets.

With their first conference road win, the Cards will continue with an undefeated 13-0 overall record and a 3-0 record in the ACC.

Set 1 started with the two teams trading points back and forth until a 9-0 run allowed the Cards to take a 15-9 lead. Clemson struggled to stay ahead as Louisville finished off the set, winning 25-16.

In Set 2, Louisville continued to build momentum with a 15-7 start. Freshman libero Elena Scott had a strong performance with two of her match-high four aces in this set. The Cards didn’t let up and won the the set with a score of 25-11.

In set 3, Louisville looked to respond to the still-fighting Clemson team. Lead by Scott and junior opposite Aiko Jones, the Cards were able to put together a 7-0 run. Set 3 was the closest set of the night, but Louisville prevailed and won 25-19; finishing the night with a match overall of 3-0.

Finally, the Cardinals finished the night with a hit average of .366 with eight aces, seven blocks, and 44 kills; 11 that came from sophomore outside hitter Anna Debeer.

Before returning home the Cards will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to face No. 18 ranked Georgia Tech Oct. 3 at 1:00 p.m.

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No. 50 women’s tennis falls 3-4 to Clemson Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

The No. 50 Louisville women’s tennis team (7-12, 3-10 ACC) was defeated by the Clemson Tigers (8-14, 2-10 ACC) Sunday, April 11 at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Louisville lost with a final score of 3-4. 

The Tigers took the doubles point with wins on courts two and three. 

Junior Rhea Verma and sophomore Andrea Di Palma took over court one with a 6-2 win over Clemson’s Cristina Mayorova and Sophia Hatton. 

Clemson bounced back with a 6-4 win on court three over senior Nikolina Jovic and junior Dina Chaika. 

The point was clinched on court two as Ali Despain and Laura Marti (CLEMSON) defeated Chelsea Sawyer and graduate student Raven Neely.

Louisville fought hard in singles but came up short.

Mayorova (CLEMSON) defeated Jovic 6-4, 6-2; advancing Clemson’s overall lead to 2-0. 

Hatton upset No. 93 Di Palma 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

The Cards then went on to secure two consecutive wins on courts three and four. 

On court three, Neely took down Clemson’s Middlebrooks in a close 7-5, 7-6 (8-6) match. 

Sawyer topped Despain (CLEMSON) in a third set (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) to bring the overall score to 3-2.

The Tigers clinched the match as Marti defeated junior Jelena Vujanic 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. 

The Cards finished strong as Verma took down Lana Sipek (CLEMSON) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. 

Women’s tennis finishes their regular season next weekend as they face Butler today at 12 p.m. They will celebrate their Senior Day before the match. 

Final Scores:


  1. Cristina Mayorova (CLEMSON) def. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-4, 6-2
  2. Sophia Hatton (CLEMSON) def. #93 Andrea Di Palma (LOU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
  3. Raven Neely (LOU) def. M. Middlebrooks (CLEMSON) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
  4. Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) def. Ali Despain (CLEMSON) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
  5. Rhea Verma (LOU) def. Lana Sipek (CLEMSON) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
  6. Laura Marti (CLEMSON) def. Jelena Vujanic (LOU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5


  1. Rhea Verma/Andrea Di Palma (LOU) def. Cristina Mayorova/Sophia Hatton (CLEMSON) 6-2
  2. Ali Despain/Laura Marti (CLEMSON) def. Raven Neely/Chelsea Sawyer (LOU) 6-4
  3. Lana Sipek/M. Middlebrooks (CLEMSON) def. Dina Chaika/Nikolina Jovic (LOU) 6-4

Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Reinking// U of L Athletics 

U of L men’s tennis picks up 4-2 win over Clemson  Monday, Apr 12 2021 

By Riley Vance—

The Louisville  men’s tennis team (9-8, 3-5 ACC) traveled to Clemson on April 9 and secured a 4-2 win over the Tigers (7-12, 1-9 ACC). 

In doubles, Clemson and Louisville both took a court; leaving the doubles point in the hands of court two. 

On court three, Clemson’s Jorge Plans Gonzalez and Carlos Kelaidis defeated freshman Kyle Tang and junior Alex Wesbrooks 6-4.

Louisville fought back as No. 60 sophomore Matthew Fung and junior Fabien Salle took down Ryuhei Azuma and Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 6-3.

To round off doubles, senior Tin Chen and junior Sergio Hernandez fought hard to upset No. 22 Yizhou Liu and Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) 7-6 (7-4). 

In singles, Salle secured an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 103 Kelaidis (CLEMSON).

Clemson put two points on the scoreboard with a win on court four over junior Josh Howard-Tripp, and a win on court three over Hernandez. 

Junior David Mizrahi pulled off a 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 win over Gonzalez (CLEMSON) to bring the overall score to 3-2. 

Fung took down Whitaker (CLEMSON) in a third set to clinch the match for the Cards (2-6, 7-5, 6-4). 

Following this match, men’s tennis traveled to Atlanta to face No. 32 Georgia Tech on Sunday, April 11.

 Final Scores:


  1. Yizhou Liu (CLEMSON) def. Tin Chen (LOU) 6-4, 5-5, unfinished
  2. Fabien Salle (LOU) def. #103 Carlos Kelaidis (CLEMSON) 6-3, 6-4
  3. Ryuhei Azuma (CLEMSON) def. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
  4. Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) def. Josh Howard-Tripp (LOU) 7-5, 6-1
  5. Matthew Fung (LOU) def. Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 2-6, 7-5, 6-4
  6. David Mizrahi (LOU) def. Jorge Plans Gonzalez (CLEMSON) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4

Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 6, 5


  1. #60 Matthew Fung/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Ryuhei Azuma/Spencer Whitaker (CLEMSON) 6-3
  2. Tin Chen/Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. #22 Yizhou Liu/Teodor Giusca (CLEMSON) 7-6 (7-4)
  3. Jorge Plans Gonzalez/Carlos Kelaidis (CLEMSON) def. Kyle Tang/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) 6-4

Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2

Photo Courtesy of Karthik Kalvakuri// U of L Athletics 

Louisville gets clawed by no. 3 Clemson Tigers Monday, Oct 21 2019 

By Mariam Prieto —

Louisville lost against No. 3 Clemson with a final score of 45-10 on Saturday Oct. 19. This was the Cardinals fourth ACC game and second conference loss.

This was Louisville’s first game against a top five ranking team under head coach Scott Satterfield.  “I’m proud of our guys, they continued to fight the whole way through,” he said.

In the first quarter, Louisville’s (4-3, 2-2) defense held it together, blocking Clemson’s (7-0, 4-0) advance. The Tigers only scored a field goal in the first quarter, ending 3-0.

The second quarter saw the Tigers take charge of  their offense, with a touchdown scored in the first minute of the quarter. The Cardinal’s defense suffered, and the Tigers scored another touchdown. Louisville scored a field goal and brought the score to 17-3 by the end of the quarter.

In the last two minutes of the third quarter, Clemson advanced on the Cards with a touchdown after rushing 49 yards. Clemson added a kick attempt to their touchdown, and finished the quarter with a score of 24-3.

The fourth quarter saw freshman Javian Hawkins make the sole Cardinal touchdown. Although their offense ramped up, Louisville’s defense took a hit. The tigers were able to get past the Cards and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Evan Conley proved important to the defense with a combined passing of 107 yards, alongside sophomore Micale Cunningham. Hawkins rushed a total of 129 yards. Junior Dez Fitzpatrick received 63 yards, alongside sophomore Chatarius Atwell’s 37 yards.

Cunningham commented on the defense’s improvements. “We played better. We made them work for everything, and we didn’t really give them anything,” he said.

Clemson took the lead with a rushing average of 8.1, while Louisville ended with 3.6. Louisville had the higher receiving average of  13.4, while Clemson finished with 11.5.

Satterfield referred to the lack of conversions on Louisville’s end when he said, ” We didn’t make enough plays. The bottom line is that they out-executed us.”

“We were not able to get any momentum in that game.”

Louisville will face University of Virginia in their fifth conference match up on Oct. 26 at Cardinal Stadium.

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No. 16 Louisville shuts out No. 9 Clemson 1-0 Tuesday, Oct 15 2019 

By Mariam Prieto-Perez–

Louisville upset No. 9 Clemson 1-0 on Thursday at Lynn Stadium. The game winning goal in the first half brought the Cardinals 11-1, 4-1, and dropped the Tigers 8-3-1, 2-3.

In the first half the Cardinals came in hot, with a goal by senior Callie McKinney in the first 3 mins of the game. The goal was assisted by a corner kick from senior Allison Whitfield. The Cardinals led the offensive in the first half, ending with 5 shots, while Clemson had 2.

Even though Louisville had the opportunity to gain on their lead, Clemson goalkeeper Sandy MacIver made it difficult for Cards to find the net. The first half ended with the Cardinals in the lead 1-0.

The second half saw Clemson push their offensive with 8 shots. Even though the Tigers pushed their offensive. The Tigers could not get past the Cardinals, who played a tough defensive. The Cardinals ended the second half with 3 saves, while the Tigers had 1.

The Cardinals had their best chance to score in the 87th minute. Emina Ekic shot inside the box with an assist by Whitfield, but was blocked. This period did not see any goals. The Cardinals finished regulation 1-0.

Even though Clemson outshot Louisville 10-7, they were not able to find the net. Cardinal’s goal keeper junior Gabrielle Kouzelos proved instrumental to the defense, ending the game with 4 saves, blocking any Clemson goals.

The Cardinals will be in action on Sunday, Oct. 13 against Notre Dame. They will play at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

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