Louisville Cardinals

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Louisville Cardinals
Louisville Cardinals logo.svg
University University of Louisville
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
NCAA Division I (FBS)
Athletic director Vince Tyra
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Varsity teams21
Football stadium Cardinal Stadium
Basketball arena KFC Yum! Center
Baseball stadium Jim Patterson Stadium
Soccer stadium Lynn Stadium
Mascot Louie the Cardinal
NicknameCardinals
Fight song"Fight! U of L" [1]
ColorsRed and Black [2]
         
Website www.gocards.com
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Atlantic Coast Conference logo in Louisville's colors

The Louisville Cardinals (also known as the Cards) teams play in the Atlantic Coast Conference, beginning in the 2014 season. While playing in the Big East Conference from 2005 through 2013, the Cardinals captured 17 regular season Big East titles and 33 Big East Tournament titles totaling 50 Big East Championships across all sports. With their 2013 Sugar Bowl appearance against the Florida Gators, the Cardinals football team became the only football team in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to have appeared in and won two Bowl Championship Series bowls, having defeated Wake Forest 24–13 in the 2007 Orange Bowl and Florida 33–23 in the 2013 Sugar Bowl. On November 28, 2012, Louisville received and accepted an invitation to join the Atlantic Coast Conference and became a participating member in all sports in 2014. [3] In 2016, Lamar Jackson won the school its first Heisman Trophy. Their fan base is referred to as “Card Nation.”

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Since 2000 Louisville is the only NCAA team to win a BCS bowl game; to appear in the NCAA Division I men's basketball Final Four, the College World Series, and the NCAA Division I women's basketball Final Four; and to finish as runner-up in the Men's soccer College Cup. It is one of only six schools that has appeared more than once in each of the following events—a BCS bowl game, the men's and women's basketball Final Fours, and the College World Series—and Louisville's span of seven school years (2006–07 to 2012–13) is the shortest among these schools. [4] Also, it is the first school ever to win a BCS bowl game, appear in the men's and women's basketball Final Fours, and appear in the College World Series in the same school year, doing so in 2012–13. [4]

The Cardinals have seen substantial athletic and institutional growth, spending more than $150 million for sporting facility upgrades while maintaining strong fan support and Title IX compliance. U of L currently fields 13 women's teams and 10 men's teams. The total sales of U of L merchandise, tripling since 2001, now rank 32nd nationally.

U of L finished the 2015–16 year ranked 29th in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. [5] The 2015–16 season began with Louisville ranked 24th through the final fall standings. [6]

Sports sponsored

Men's sportsWomen's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Field hockey
Football Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Soccer Rowing
Swimming & divingSoccer
Tennis Softball
Track and fieldSwimming & diving
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Baseball

Team Established: 1909
All Time Record: 1,874–1,484–10
Playing Facility: Jim Patterson Stadium (2005)
Head Coach: Dan McDonnell
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 13
Last NCAA Appearance: 2019
College World Series Appearances: 5 (2007, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2019)
Super Regional Appearances: 8 (2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019)
Conference Titles: 10
Conference Tournament Titles: 2
Drafted Players: 50
Players In The MLB system: 5

The 2006 Baseball Cardinals broke the Big East Conference Tournament record with a .409 batting average. [7]

In 2007, the Cardinals finished the season with a 47–24 record and ranked as high as 6th in some major polls while advancing to the College World Series for the first time in school history.

Men's basketball

National Championships
1980, 1986, 2013*
Final Four Years
1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982
1983, 1986, 2005, 2012*, 2013*
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Graph of U of L's cumulative all-time wins and losses
Team Established: 1911
All Time Record: 1,825–915 (66.6%)
Playing Facility: KFC Yum! Center (2010)
Court: Denny Crum Court (2007)
Head Coach: Chris Mack (Since 2018)
NCAA Men's Basketball Championships: 2 (1980, 1986)
NCAA Final Fours: 10
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 43
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2019
Conference Regular Season Championships: 23 (7 Missouri Valley Conference, 12 Metro Conference, 1 Conference USA, 2 Big East, 1 American Athletic Conference)
Conference Tournament Champions: 19 (2 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, 11 Metro Conference, 2 Conference USA, 3 Big East, 1 American Athletic Conference)
NIT Appearances: 15 (Won 1956 NIT Championship)
All-Americans: 21
Drafted Players: 70
Players In The NBA: 6 (Gorgui Dieng, Montrezl Harrell, Damion Lee, Donovan Mitchell, Terry Rozier, Ray Spalding)

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UofL's basketball tradition was established by Muhlenberg County native, Coach Bernard "Peck" Hickman. The Cards never had a losing season in Hickman's 23 years, prior to his arrival the team had only had 11 winning seasons. In 1956, Hickman's team won the NIT, then considered a national championship on a par with the NCAA tournament. After retiring, Hickman became the school's Athletics Director and hired then John Wooden assistant and future Hall of Famer Denny Crum, who led the team to two NCAA Division I basketball championships (1980 and 1986) and six Final Fours. The men's basketball team currently ranks fifth in all-time NCAA Tournament wins and has been in the top-five in average attendance each year since the 1982–83 season. Perennial rivals include the University of Kentucky, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Memphis.

Women's basketball

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Jeff Walz

The team was established in 1975.

All Time Record : 876–491 (64.1%)
Playing facility: KFC Yum! Center (2010)
Head coach: Jeff Walz (332–99 in twelve seasons)
Conference titles: 8 (1983–84, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2017-18, 2018-19)
Conference Tournament titles: 8 (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1993, 2018)
NCAA appearances: 22
Last NCAA appearance: 2019
All-Americans: 6
Drafted players: 19 (including 2009 #1 pick Angel McCoughtry 2014 first-rounder Shoni Schimmel and 2019 #2 pick Asia Durr)
Final Four appearances: 3 (2009,2013,2018)

Cheerleading

The cheerleading squads have won multiple championships with the large co-ed squad winning 15 National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate National championships (1985–86, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998–99, 2003–05, 2007–09, 2011), the all-female squad winning nine championships (1998–99, 2001–05, 2009, 2011) and the small co-ed cheerleading squad winning seven championships (2005–11). [10] [11] The University of Louisville Spirit Groups hold more national titles than any other sport offered at the university.

The Cardinal Bird Mascot also falls under the jurisdiction of the University of Louisville Spirit Groups. The "Bird" also competes with the cheerleaders in national competitions and makes regular appearances in the Louisville Metro Area.

Cross country

Men's CC

Conference titles: 2 (2007, 2013)

Women's CC

Conference titles: 1 (1996)

Field hockey

Team Established: 1927
All Time Record: 334–373-16 (.462)
Fall 2016 record: 15-6
Playing Facility: Trager Stadium (2000)
Head Coach: Justine Sowry
Conference Titles: 6 (2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013)
Conference Tournament Titles: 4 (1977, 1978, 2003, 2004)
NCAA Appearances: 6
Last NCAA Appearance: 2016
All-Americans: 7

The UofL women's field hockey team received the NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award for their 3.65 GPA, which was the highest in the nation. [12] The team also won two MAC tourney titles in 2003 and 2004 and finished one game back in their first Big East season. Between 2015 and 2017 Ayeisha McFerran was named three times as an NFHCA All-American while playing for the women's field hockey team. She was also a member of the Ireland team that played in the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup final and was named Goalkeeper of the Tournament. [13] [14]

Football

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Graph of cumulative all-time wins for the U of L football team
Team Established: 1912
All Time Record: 514–469–17 (.523)
2018 Season record: 2-10
Playing Facility: Cardinal Stadium (1998)
Head Coach: Scott Satterfield
Conference Titles: 8
Bowl Appearances: 22
Last Bowl Appearance: 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl
All-Americans: 29
Drafted Players: 85
Players In The NFL: 34
Heisman Trophy Winners: 1

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Football All-Time Bowl Appearances
1958 – Sun Bowl
1970 – Pasadena Bowl
1977 – Independence Bowl
1991 – Sunkist Fiesta Bowl
1993 – St. Jude Liberty Bowl
1998 – Motor City Bowl
1999 – Humanitarian Bowl
2000 – AXA Liberty Bowl
2001 – AXA Liberty Bowl
2002 – GMAC Bowl
2003 – GMAC Bowl
2004 – AutoZone Liberty Bowl
2005 – Toyota Gator Bowl
2006 – FedEx Orange Bowl
2010 – Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl
2011 – Belk Bowl
2012 – Allstate Sugar Bowl
2013 – 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl
2014 – 2014 Belk Bowl
2015 – 2015 Music City Bowl
2016 – 2016 Citrus Bowl
2017 – 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl

Under the guidance of head coaches John L. Smith (1998–2002) and Bobby Petrino (2003–2007), the Louisville football program went to nine consecutive bowl games, a streak that ended in the 2007 season. After a three year hiatus under Coach Kragthorpe from 2007-2009 Louisville has been to eight consecutive bowl games under Coaches Charlie Strong and Bobby Petrino.

Under Coach Smith, the Cardinals spent 11 weeks in the AP Top 25, including a #17 final finish in 2000.

Under Coach Petrino, the Cardinals were ranked in all but three of the weekly AP polls since the beginning of the 2004 season. This includes a #6 final finish in both 2004 and 2006, as well as a #19 final finish in 2005.

In the 2004 season, the Cardinals went 11–1 and won the Conference USA Championship; their only loss was against third-ranked Miami, a game in which the Cardinals led by 17 in the third quarter before falling. The Cardinals went to the Liberty Bowl, where they defeated #10-ranked and previously-undefeated Boise State.

In 2005, the Cardinals finished 9–3 after falling to Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl and completed the season ranked #19 in the AP Poll and #20 in the Coaches' Poll.

In 2006, the Cardinals began the season ranked #13 in the AP poll and finished the season with a 12–1 record, their first Big East Conference title and completed the season with a 24–13 victory over the Atlantic Coast Conference champion Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl. The Cards finished the 2006 season ranked #6 in the AP Poll and #7 in the Coaches Poll, while being ranked #6 in the Bowl Championship Series Poll.

On January 9, 2007, Steve Kragthorpe was introduced as the new head coach of the Cardinals, within 48 hours after Bobby Petrino announced his departure to take the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. The Cardinals went 6–6 in Kragthorpe's first season and the second season 5–7. He was fired after his third season (2009) ended with a disappointing 4–8 record. Kragthorpe's replacement is Charlie Strong, formerly the defensive coordinator at Florida, and the second African American to head the Cardinals program.

None of the football program's recent success would have been possible without the vision and efforts of former Kentucky All-American and national champion coach (at the University of Miami) Howard Schnellenberger, who was the head coach from 1985 to 1994. His greatest achievement at U of L was a 34–7 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl (Alabama finished 7–5), which culminated in U of L's first national ranking (11th) and a 10–1–1 record.

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Cardinal Stadium, as viewed from Central Avenue.

The University of Louisville football program's home is Cardinal Stadium.

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UofL winning percentage by year

The UofL football program annually plays for the Governor's Cup (awarded to the winner of the Louisville-Kentucky football game) and The Keg of Nails (awarded to the winner of the annual Louisville-Cincinnati football game).

The film "The Replacements" was rumored to be based on former Cardinal quarterback Ed Rubbert (played by Keanu Reeves), who led the Washington Redskins' 1987 strike team to a 3–0 record en route to the franchise's Super Bowl XXII championship.[ citation needed ]

Retired jerseys

Golf

Lacrosse

Team Established: 2008
All Time Record: 83–54 (.606)
Spring 2015 record: 10–8
Playing Facility: UofL Lacrosse Stadium (2006)
Head Coach: Scott Teeter

Rowing

UofL is one of two universities in the state of Kentucky to have a women's rowing team, the other being Murray State University.

Conference Titles: 3 (2009, 2011, 2014)

Soccer

Women's

Team Established: 1985
All Time Record: 221–293-38 (.400)
Fall 2018 record: 12-7-0
Playing Facility: Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium (5300)
Head Coach: Karen Ferguson-Dayes
Conference Titles: 1 (2011
All Americans: 1

Men's

Team Established: 1979
All Time Record: 309–342–77 (.421)
Playing Facility: Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Stadium (5300)
Head Coach: John Michael Hayden
Conference Titles: 4
Conference Tournament Titles: 4
NCAA Tournament Appearances : 10
Elite Eights : 3
College Cup Appearances: 1 (2010)
2010 National Runners Up

Louisville Finishes Historic Season as NCAA Runner-Up

The top-ranked Louisville men's soccer team fell 1–0 to Akron in the 2010 NCAA national championship game in front of 9,672 in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Cardinals, who appeared in the College Cup for the first time in program history, finished the season with a 20–1–3 overall record. Prior to reaching the NCAA Tournament, Louisville won the BIG EAST Red Division regular-season title and captured the BIG EAST Tournament title. [16]

On February 21, 2013, U of L announced that it would build a new soccer-only stadium on campus. The new stadium, with a capacity of 5,300, is set to open for the 2014 season, and will be known as Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium, after the married couple who donated $5 million toward the $17.5 million project. [17]

Softball

Team Established: 2000
All time record: 685–351 (.663)
Playing Facility: Ulmer Stadium (2000; Capacity:2,200)
Head Coach: [[Holly Aprile
Conference championships: 4 (2004, 2006, 2012, 2014)
Conference Tournament championships: 2 (2007, 2012)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 15
Last NCAA Appearance: 2019
All-Americans: 8 [18]

Tennis

Men's :

Coach- Rex Ecarma (445–293 in 21 seasons)
Established- 1980
Record- 576–401
Conference Champinonships- 5 (2000, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012)
NCAA appearances – 7 – most recent (08-09)

Volleyball

Team Established: 1975
All Time Record: 900–446 (.663)
Playing Facility: KFC Yum! Center (opened 2010, first used 2011); Cardinal Arena (1990)
Record at KFC Yum! Center: 17–6
Record at Cardinal Arena: 157–19
Head Coach: Dani Busboom Kelly
Conference Titles: 19 (1982, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015)
Conference Tournament Titles: 10 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015)
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 25
Last NCAA Appearance: 2015
All-Americans: 20

Volleyball has traditionally been one of UofL's most successful programs, led for 15 years by head coach Leonid Yelin, whose .772 career winning percentage ranked 9th among active coaches prior to his retirement after the 2010 season. He was replaced by former U of L player Anne Kordes, who had spent the previous seven seasons as head coach at Saint Louis. During the 2005 season, UofL was ranked as high as #6 en route to a 30–3 record, a regular season tie for the Big East title, and a second straight trip to the Sweet 16. In the most recent 2012 season, the team averaged 2,341 fans while playing mainly at the KFC Yum! Center. Their traditional home of Cardinal Arena, with 840 seats, has become too small for the team's current popularity, with fans turned away at several games. While U of L has sought state funding to expand Cardinal Arena to better meet fan demands and prevent unsafe "standing room only" crowds, it has more recently opted to move full-time into the KFC Yum! Center; of its 19 home matches in the 2012 season, 15 were scheduled for that facility. U of L also hosted both the 2005 Big East Volleyball tournament and the first two rounds of NCAA volleyball tournament at the Kentucky International Expo Center in Downtown Louisville, and hosted the Women's Final Four in 2012 at the KFC Yum! Center.

In 2005, two Cardinals, seniors Lena Ustymenko and Jennifer Hoffman, were named second team All-American. Previously only one Big East volleyball player had been named an All-American. [19] Ustymenko was also named the 2005 Big East player of the year and Hoffman led the nation in hitting percentage in the Card's 6–2 offense. [19] The program has won 15 of its last 16 conference titles (with another in 1983) and has been to the NCAA tourney 17 times since 1982, with 47 players making their all-conference team. The team has a 157–19 all-time record at Cardinal Arena, and is 17–6 at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinal volleyball team has won conference championships 19 times, from Metro, C-USA, Big East, American Athletic, and ACC.

Most recently, after the Cardinals joined the ACC in 2014, the Cardinals won the 2015 ACC title, the first ACC crown ever won by any Louisville team. [20] Senior setter Katie George, also notable as that year's Miss Kentucky USA, [21] was named ACC Player of the Year and Setter of the Year. [22] In addition, Kordes was named Coach of the Year, and libero Molly Sauer was named Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. [22]

The Cardinal volleyball team moved back into the newly expanded Cardinal Arena in 2017. [23]


Ladybirds

The University of Louisville Ladybirds dance team has won 14 national titles. The Ladybirds have won nine of the last ten national competitions, including the last four years, in the National Cheerleading Association Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Ladybirds also added the 2014, 2016, 2017 Hip Hop national title to their trophy case. UofL won the Universal Dance Association title in 1995 and 1997. The Ladybirds have long been successful, placing in the top five in their national competition 21 of the last 27 years. The group is under the direction of Sheryl Knight.

Championships

NCAA team championships

Louisville has won two NCAA team national championships. [24]

***Vacated by the NCAA

Notable non varsity sports

Ice Hockey

The University of Louisville Ice Hockey team was founded in 1995. The University of Louisville Hockey team is a club sport, participating in the Southeast Conference in Division II of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and also the TSCHL [25] . Louisville has 3 back to back TSCHL championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017 [26] . They also have 2 ACHA Southeast Regional Appearances (2016,2017). Recent success can be contributed to recent additions such as Coach Brian Graham who is a 2 time TSCHL Coach of the Year (2015,2016) [27] . Also import player from Baniff Alberta Yannis Soukus who has become foundation to the Cards can be pointed to as another reason for the Cardinals recent fame. From his freshman year he lead the ACHA II in points [28] and since then has become the all time leader in points for the Cardinals as well as earning a 2016 TSCHL MVP, 2016 TSCHL ROY Award, and being 1st team all conference in 2016,17, and 18. [29] The Cards seem to be on an upwards slope as they have been able to keep attracting recruits and transfers due to a religious following from their fans.

Rugby

The University of Louisville Rugby Club was re-founded in 2009, and was promoted to Division II of college rugby in 2011. [30] Louisville Rugby is led by head coach Eric Raney. Louisville Rugby has an active recruiting program, yielding recruits from Kentucky high school rugby all stars. [31] Louisville offers scholarships and grants, funded by the Louisville Rugby Old Boys' Association, to incoming rugby recruits. [32]

Director's Cup

The University of Louisville has risen from 174th in the Director's Cup standings in 1999–2000 to 28th in 2006–2007. U of L finished the 2015–16 year ranked 29th in the NACDA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup.

All-time records by sports

UofL TeamAll-Time RecordWinning Percent
Men's Basketball1,825–91566.6%
Softball685–35166.1%
Volleyball900–46466.0%
Women's Basketball876–49164.1%
Lacrosse106-6860.9%
Men's Tennis576–40158.9%
Baseball1874-1484-1056.1%
Football514–469–1752.3%
Men's Soccer309–342–7746.3%
Field Hockey334–373–1646.2%
Women's Soccer239–317–4040.1%
Overall8089-5621-16058.4%
*As of June 26,2017.

Sport facilities

FacilityTeamCapacityYears used
Cardinal Stadium Football61,800 (55,000, 2010-2018) (42,000, 1998–2010)1998–present
KFC Yum! Center Men and Women's Basketball22,0902010–present
Jim Patterson Stadium Baseball4,000 (2,500, 2006–2012)2005–present
Cardinal Park Soccer and Track StadiumSoccer and Track & Field teams through 2013–14 school year; track and field only since fall 20142,2002000–present (track)
2000–2013 (soccer)
Cardinal Arena [23] Women's volleyball home, Women's Basketball practice facilities8401992–present
Ralph Wright NatatoriumSwimming8002005–present
Ulmer StadiumSoftball7002000–present
Trager Stadium Field Hockey15002000–present
Bass-Rudd Tennis CenterTennis4001994–present
Lacrosse FieldWomen's Lacrosse3002006–present
Trager CenterFootball indoor practice facility2006–present
The Yum! CenterMen's Basketball/Women's Volleyball practice facilities2007–present
Marshall CenterSoccer/Track/Field Hockey strength and conditioning2008–present
Dr Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium Soccer5,3002014–present

Average per-game attendance by sport

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Jim Patterson Baseball Stadium and Sports Medicine Complex
Team2013–142012–132011–122010–112009–10
Football52,91449,99148,53850,64832,450
Men's BasketballNot yet released21,57121,50321,83219,397
Women's BasketballNot yet released9,35810,67010,8596,398
VolleyballNot yet released2,3411,527
Men's SoccerNot yet released2,2153,5482,7681,300
BaseballNot yet releasedNot yet released1,5281,940
SoftballNot yet released511441
Women's SoccerNot yet released949625712
Field HockeyNot yet released370294435282

Fan support

TeamNational Attendance Rank
Men's basketball3rd (2016–17) [33]
Women's basketball3rd (2012–13) [34]
Women's field hockey5th (2012) [35]
Men's soccer7th (2012) [36]
Volleyball14th (2012) [37]
Women's soccer22nd (2012) [38]
Softball34th (2013) [39]
Football38th (2013) [40]
Baseball25nd (2016) [41]

Attendance ranks are based on average per home game.

In 2005, UofL was among only a handful of schools to average better than 97 percent attendance to capacity in volleyball, men's basketball, and football.[ citation needed ]

Radio affiliates

The broadcast team for Louisville men's basketball is Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano or Doug Ormay (color analyst). The broadcast team for Louisville football is Paul Rogers (play-by-play); Craig Swabek (color analyst) and Doug Ormay (sideline reporter).

U of L games are broadcast in Lexington KY on WWRW 105.5 FM and WKRD 790 AM & 101.7- Louisville, KY (Flagship Station)

For Women's basketball, Women's Play by play is provided by Jim Kelch, with Adrienne Johnson as the color analyst. All Women's Basketball games are heard on WKRD 790 AM or on FM 101.7 in Louisville.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio Louisville broadcasts

SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Nelligan Sports Marketing, the University of Louisville and CSTV: College Sports Television announced an agreement on January 10, 2005, making SIRIUS the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the University of Louisville. SIRIUS will broadcast select play-by-play sports of Louisville's nationally ranked college basketball and football teams

Rivalries

Kentucky Wildcats

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UK has more wins in the basketball rivalry than does U of L.

The Louisville Cardinals rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats is widely considered one of the most intense college rivalries in the United States. [42] It is also one of the few rivalries to be equally intense in basketball and football, and practically every other sport as well. The men's basketball game is called the Battle for the Bluegrass; the football game is officially called the Governor's Cup.

In the early years after the rivalry resumed whoever would win the football game would go on to lose the basketball game. In 2003 Louisville broke that tradition by winning both the football and basketball game and did so again in 2012. Kentucky has completed the double three times, in the 2009, 2011 and 2018 seasons.

Unlike many in-state rivalries that have been played continuously for many decades, these two schools went through a long period from the 1930s to the 1980s of rarely facing each other. They did play frequently from the 1900s to the 1920s. Since the renewal of the men's basketball rivalry in 1983–84 UK leads the modern rivalry 25–13 and the all-time series 36–16. Since the two teams resumed playing football in 1994, U of L leads the modern series 15–10 but the all-time series is led by UK at 16–15.

Within the intrastate rivalry with the Kentucky Wildcats, the team that has won the football game has lost the following basketball game every year, except in 2003 and 2012 (when UofL won both) and 2009, 2011 and 2018 (when UK won both).

Cincinnati Bearcats

Known more for an intense basketball rivalry and tradition, U of L and UC have a football rivalry that has stretched over the span of four conferences from the Missouri Valley Conference, to the Metro Conference to Conference USA, and more recently in the Big East Conference, which in 2013 was renamed to the American Athletic Conference. It is believed to be the oldest rivalry for the Louisville football team and the second oldest for Cincinnati, only behind the annual game with the Miami RedHawks.

On the gridiron, the two teams compete for the Keg of Nails Trophy, though the series has been on hiatus since 2013. The Bearcats lead the series 30-22-1.

Virginia Cavaliers

Since joining the ACC in 2014, the Cardinals have been part of a budding rivalry with Virginia. Both teams have found themselves at or near the top of the conference standings in many sports, including baseball, basketball, and soccer. Given that UL was designated as Maryland's replacement as UVA's crossover rival, the teams play annually in football (despite being in different divisions), twice a year in basketball, and once a year in baseball. On the basketball court, both teams have Elite 8 appearances since Louisville joined the ACC and both baseball programs have multiple College World Series appearances (with UVA claiming the title in 2015). The football teams have taken part in some great matchups since realignment as well, with 3 of the 4 games being decided by single digits.

Virginia leads the all-time men's basketball series 10-4 while Louisville leads the football series 4-2.

Other Rivalries

Louisville also has dormant Big East rivalries with University of Memphis Tigers and Marquette University, which have been on hiatus since 2014 and 2013, respectively.

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The 2011–12 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 98th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his 11th season. The team played home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 30–10, 10–8 to finish in sixth place in Big East play. Louisville won the Big East Tournament Championship for the second time, defeating Cincinnati 50–44. As a result of the win, the Cardinals received the conferences automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as a #4 seed. Louisville advanced to the Final Four for the 9th time in school history before falling to eventual National Champion Kentucky 69–61.

2004–05 Louisville Cardinals mens basketball team

The 2004–05 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 91st season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in Conference USA and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his fourth season. The team played home games at Freedom Hall.

American Athletic Conference US college sports conference

The American Athletic Conference, is an American collegiate athletic conference, featuring 12 member universities and six associate member universities that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I, with its football teams competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Member universities represent a range of private and public universities of various enrollment sizes located primarily in urban metropolitan areas in the Northeastern, Midwestern, and Southern regions of the United States.

The 2013–14 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 100th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the American Athletic Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino in his 13th season. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center.

The 2014–15 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 101st season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in their first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, in his fourteenth season at U of L. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.

The 2014–15 Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team will represent the University of Louisville during the 2014–15 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Cardinals, led by eighth-year head coach Jeff Walz, play their home games at the KFC Yum! Center and were in their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 27–7, 12–4 in ACC play to finish in third place. They advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Florida State. They received at-large bid of the NCAA Women's Tournament where they defeated BYU in the first round, South Florida in the second round before getting upset by Dayton in the sweet sixteen.

The 2015–16 Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team will represent the University of Louisville during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Cardinals, led by ninth-year head coach Jeff Walz, play their home games at the KFC Yum! Center and were in their second year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 26–8, 15–1 in ACC play to finish in second place. They advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Syracuse. They received at-large bid of the NCAA Women's Tournament where they defeated Central Arkansas in the first round before losing to DePaul in the second round.

The 2015–16 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was Louisville's 102nd season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in their second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, in his 15th season at U of L. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. They finished the season 23–8, 12–6 in ACC play to finish in fourth place.

The 2016–17 Louisville Cardinals women's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The Cardinals, led by tenth-year head coach Jeff Walz, played their home games at the KFC Yum! Center and were in their third year in the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 29–8, 12–4 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Notre Dame. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Women's Tournament where they defeated Chattanooga and Tennessee in the first and second rounds before losing to Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen.

The 2016–17 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Cardinals competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, in his 16th and final season at Louisville. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville. They finished the season 25–9, 12–6 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place. They lost to Duke in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Jacksonville State in the first round to advance to the second round where they lost to Michigan.

The 2018–19 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Kentucky as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Chris Mack who was hired on March 27, 2018 after it was announced interim coach David Padgett would not be retained.

The 2019–20 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represents the University of Louisville during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team plays its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, Kentucky as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They are led by second-year head coach Chris Mack.

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