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Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
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University University of Louisville
First season1911
All-time record1722–919 (.652)
Athletic directorVince Tyra
Head coach Chris Mack (2nd season)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Arena KFC Yum! Center (2010–present)
(Capacity: 22,090)
Freedom Hall (1956–2010)
(Capacity: 18,865)
Nickname Cardinals
Student section"The Ville'ns"
ColorsRed and Black [1]
         
Uniforms
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NCAA Tournament Champions
1980, 1986, 2013*
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 2005, 2012*, 2013*
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2013*, 2015*
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1959, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1951, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*, 2015*, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
1928, 1929, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012*, 2013*, 2014*
Conference Regular Season Champions
1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2005, 2009, 2013*, 2014*
*Vacated by NCAA

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team is the men's college basketball program representing the University of Louisville (U of L) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) of NCAA Division I. The Cardinals have officially won two NCAA championships in 1980 and 1986 (with the 2013 title being vacated); and have officially been to 8 Final Fours (with the 2012 and 2013 appearances being vacated) in 38 official NCAA tournament appearances while compiling 61 tournament wins. [2] [3]

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Due to an FBI criminal investigation into illegal benefits and actions by college basketball coaches, financial advisers, and others, on September 27, 2017, head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave and were later fired. [4] Two days later, assistant David Padgett, a former star player under Pitino at Louisville, was named as acting head coach. [5] On February 20, 2018, the NCAA vacated the 2013 NCAA title. [6] On March 27, 2018, it was announced that the University of Louisville signed Chris Mack to a seven year contract as head coach. [7]

History

"Peck" Hickman era (1944–1967)

Bernard "Peck" Hickman's 1944 team finished with a 16–3 record and started a string of 46 consecutive winning seasons, which was an NCAA record. [8]

Hickman led Louisville to its first championship on a national level by winning the NAIB Tournament in 1948. [9] In 1956, led by All-American Charlie Tyra, the Cardinals won the NIT Championship. [10] In 1956 his team was placed on two years probation, to include bans on postseason play, by the NCAA due to recruiting violations. [11] In 1959, Louisville made its first NCAA Final Four appearance behind the play of All-American Don Goldstein.

The Cardinals never had a losing season in Hickman's 23 seasons as head coach. [12] He coached 11 20-win teams, appeared in five NCAA tournaments, coached six NIT appearances and finished with a 443–183 overall record, a .708 winning percentage that ranks him in the top 45 all time.

John Dromo (1967–1971)

John Dromo was Hickman's assistant for 17 years and succeeded him at head coach in 1967. In four seasons as head coach, Dromo led the Cardinals to a 68–23 record (.747 winning percentage) and the 1967 Missouri Valley Conference title.

A heart attack during the 1970–71 season forced Dromo to retire. His assistant, Howard Stacey, was named interim head coach for the final 20 games of the season. [13]

Denny Crum era (1971–2001)

Denny Crum was hired as head coach from his alma mater, UCLA, where he was the top assistant coach to John Wooden. It was under the guidance of Crum that Louisville became a college basketball power. In his first season, he guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four, becoming the first coach ever to go to a Final Four in his first season as a head coach. Overall, Crum had six Final Fours with the Louisville Cardinals (1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986). He is fifth all-time in Final Four appearances. [14]

The Cardinals won the 1980 NCAA Tournament championship by defeating UCLA 59–54. Six years later, Louisville would overcome Duke 72–69 for a second title. Crum is one of only 11 coaches to win two or more national championships. [15] He was named National Coach of the Year in 1980, 1983 and 1986.

He took the Cardinals to 23 NCAA tournaments, where they had an overall record of 43–21. While in the Metro Conference, the Cardinals won 12 regular season titles and 11 tournament championships. In its 19 years of naming a champion, the Metro had Louisville as first or second place 17 times. In 1993, Crum became the second fastest coach to reach 500 wins. [16]

Crum was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1994. He retired in 2001 with a career record of 675–295 (.696 winning percentage) over 30 seasons. He was a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2006.

Rick Pitino era (2001–2017)

Rick Pitino was hired in 2001 after four years as head coach of the Boston Celtics, and previously as head coach of Louisville's in-state rival, Kentucky. [17]

Pitino guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of 15 seasons, reaching the Elite Eight six times and the Final Four three times (2005, 2012, and 2013). His teams won six conference tournament championships and four regular season titles. The Cardinals won at least 20 games every season since Pitino's first season at Louisville. Through the 2015–16 season, Pitino amassed a record of 391–134 (.745) during his time at Louisville.

Pitino was selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013, [18] and was under contract through the 2025–26 season. [19]

The University of Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015–16 season amid an ongoing NCAA investigation over an escort sex scandal involving recruits between 2010 and 2014. The ban included both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament. [20] [21]

On June 15, 2017, the NCAA charged Rick Pitino for failure to monitor his basketball program who was involved in a sex-for-pay scandal. He was suspended for the first five games of the ACC season in 2017–18. [22]

On September 26, 2017 federal prosecutors in New York announced that the school was under investigation for an alleged "pay for play" scheme involving recruits at Louisville. [23] [24] The allegations state that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro. [23] [25] The criminal complaint did not name Louisville specifically but appeared to involve the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a late, surprise commit to the school. [26] [27] On September 27, 2017, Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave. [4]

On October 26, 2017 Rick Pitino was fired as the head coach of Louisville Men's Basketball. [28]

On February 20, 2018 the NCAA ruled that Louisville must vacate its records from 2011-2015. This included 123 wins, the 2013 NCAA title, and a 2012 Final Four appearance. [29]

Chris Mack era (2018–present)

On March 27, 2018, Xavier head coach Chris Mack agreed to terms on a seven-year contract worth about $4 million annually to become the next head coach at Louisville. [30] Louisville was the first ever school to hire away a head coach whose previous team was a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Mack has had a notable start to his Louisville tenure, recruiting a top-5 2019 class that includes a 5-star player, four 4-star players, and a three-star player. Picked to finish 11th in the preseason ACC poll, Mack led the Cardinals to an 8-3 start peaking at #9 in the AP polls, with a signature win over #9 Michigan State, and tough losses to #5 Tennessee, Marquette (overtime) and Indiana (1-point). [31] [32] [33]

Notable achievements

As of the end of the 2015–16 season, Louisville had an all-time 1778–892 record in 102 seasons of intercollegiate basketball ranking 10th in all-time victories and seventh in all-time winning percentage among NCAA Division I schools. From 1944 to 1990, Louisville had an NCAA-record 46 straight winning seasons, winning 20 or more games on 31 occasions during that period.

Louisville has made 42 NCAA Tournament appearances (5th all-time) and 14 NIT appearances. The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Tournament 32 of the last 40 years (12 of the last 15, 14 of the last 18 years, 20 of last 25). Since the NCAA began keeping Sweet Sixteen appearance records in 1975, Louisville's 21 Sweet Sixteens are 5th all-time behind North Carolina (26), Kentucky (25), Duke (24), and Kansas (22). The Cardinals have reached the Elite Eight on 14 occasions, including five of the past nine seasons. Louisville is sixth in tournament victories (75) with a 75–41 overall NCAA Tournament record, reaching the Final Four 10 times.

Louisville is the only school in the nation to have claimed the championship of three major national post-season tournaments including the 1948 NAIA championship, the 1956 NIT title and the 1980 1986 and 2013 NCAA championships. Simultaneously, Louisville is the only school in NCAA history to have a Men’s Basketball National Championship vacated, along with 2 Final Four appearances.

By the numbers

TraditionNumberNational rank
All-time NCAA Tournament titles 3*t-6th
All-time NCAA Tournaments 43*5th
All-time NCAA Tournament Wins 76*6th
All-time NCAA Final Fours 10*T-6th
All-time victories 1803*10th
All-time Winning Percentage .667*7th

Post-season results

National championships

1948 NAIA Tournament Championship

1948 NAIA Tournament Results
RoundOpponentScore
First Round South Dakota State 63–60
Sweet Sixteen Emporia State 82–66
Elite Eight Beloit 85–76
Final Four Xavier 56–49
Championship Indiana State 82–70

1956 NIT Championship

1956 NIT Tournament Results
RoundOpponentScore
First RoundBye
Elite Eight Duquesne 84–72
Final Four Saint Joseph's 89–79
Championship Dayton 93–80

1980 NCAA Tournament Championship

1980 NCAA Tournament Results
RoundOpponentScore
First RoundBye
Second Round Kansas State 71–69 OT
Sweet Sixteen Texas A&M 66–55 OT
Elite Eight LSU 86–66
Final Four Iowa 80–72
Championship UCLA 59–54

1986 NCAA Tournament Championship

1986 NCAA Tournament Results
RoundOpponentScore
First Round Drexel 93–73
Second Round Bradley 82–56
Sweet Sixteen North Carolina 94–79
Elite Eight Auburn 84–76
Final Four LSU 88–77
Championship Duke 72–69

2013 NCAA Tournament Championship* (vacated)

2013 NCAA Tournament Results
RoundOpponentScore
First Round North Carolina A&T 79-48
Second Round Colorado State 82–56
Sweet Sixteen Oregon 77–69
Elite Eight Duke 85–63
Final Four Wichita State 68–62
Championship Michigan 82–76

NCAA Tournament Final Four history

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '82 '83 '84 '86 '88 '89 '90 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '99
Seeds→324315254484311667
Years → '00 '03 '04 '05 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '17 '19
Seeds→74104631*9441*4427

* – Overall number one seed. The committee began ranking 1 seeds in 2004.

Complete NCAA Tournament results

The Cardinals have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39* (43) times. Their combined record is 61–44* (76–44).

* – NCAA vacated all wins from 2011 to 2015.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResult
1951 Sweet SixteenKentuckyL 68–79
1959 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Eastern Kentucky
Kentucky
Michigan State
West Virginia
Cincinnati
W 77–63
W 76–61
W 88–81
L 79–94
L 85–98
1961 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Ohio
Ohio State
Morehead State
W 76–70
L 55–56
W 83–61
1964 First RoundOhioL 69–71 OT
1967 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
SMU
Kansas
L 81–83
L 68–70
1968 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Houston
Kansas State
L 75–91
W 93–63
1972 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Southwest Louisiana
Kansas State
UCLA
North Carolina
W 88–84
W 72–65
L 77–96
L 91–105
1974 Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Oral Roberts
Creighton
L 93–96
L 71–80
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Rutgers
Cincinnati
Maryland
UCLA
Syracuse
W 91–78
W 78–63
W 96–82
L 74–75 OT
W 96–88 OT
1977 First RoundUCLAL 79–87
1978 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
St. John's
DePaul
W 76–68
L 89–90 2OT
1979 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 South Alabama
#2 Arkansas
W 69–66
L 62–73
1980 #2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#7 Kansas State
#6 Texas A&M
#1 LSU
#5 Iowa
#8 UCLA
W 71–69 OT
W 66–55 OT
W 86–66
W 80–72
W 59–54
1981 #4Second Round#5 ArkansasL 73–74
1982 #3Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#11 Middle Tennessee
#2 Minnesota
#4 UAB
#1 Georgetown
W 81–56
W 67–61
W 75–68
L 46–50
1983 #1Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#8 Tennessee
#4 Arkansas
#3 Kentucky
#1 Houston
W 70–57
W 65–63
W 80–68 OT
L 81–94
1984 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Morehead State
#4 Tulsa
#1 Kentucky
W 72–59
W 69–67
L 67–72
1986 #2First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Drexel
#7 Bradley
#3 North Carolina
#8 Auburn
#11 LSU
#1 Duke
W 93–73
W 82–68
W 94–79
W 84–76
W 88–77
W 72–69
1988 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Oregon State
#4 BYU
#1 Oklahoma
W 70–61
W 97–76
L 98–108
1989 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Arkansas–Little Rock
#5 Arkansas
#1 Illinois
W 76–71
W 93–84
L 69–83
1990 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Idaho
#12 Ball State
W 78–59
L 60–62
1992 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Wake Forest
#1 UCLA
W 81–58
L 69–85
1993 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Delaware
#5 Oklahoma State
#1 Indiana
W 76–70
W 78–63
L 69–82
1994 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Boise State
#6 Minnesota
#2 Arizona
W 67–58
W 60–55
L 70–82
1995 #11First Round#6 MemphisL 56–77
1996 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Tulsa
#3 Villanova
#2 Wake Forest
W 82–80 OT
W 68–64
L 59–60
1997 #6First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#11 Massachusetts
#3 New Mexico
#10 Texas
#1 North Carolina
W 65–57
W 64–63
W 78–63
L 74–97
1999 #10First Round#10 CreightonL 58–62
2000 #7First Round#10 GonzagaL 66–77
2003 #4First Round
Second Round
#13 Austin Peay
#12 Butler
W 86–64
L 79–71
2004 #10First Round#7 XavierL 70–80
2005 #4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Louisiana–Lafayette
#5 Georgia Tech
#1 Washington
#7 West Virginia
#1 Illinois
W 68–62
W 76–54
W 93–79
W 93–85 OT
L 57–72
2007 #6First Round
Second Round
#11 Stanford
#3 Texas A&M
W 78–58
L 69–72
2008 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#14 Boise State
#6 Oklahoma
#2 Tennessee
#1 North Carolina
W 79–61
W 78–48
W 79–60
L 73–83
2009 #1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Morehead State
#9 Siena
#12 Arizona
#2 Michigan State
W 74–54
W 79–72
W 103–64
L 52–64
2010 #9First Round#8 CaliforniaL 62–77
2011 #4Second Round#13 Morehead StateL 61–62
2012*#4Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
Davidson
# New Mexico
Michigan State
Florida
Kentucky
W 69-62
W 59-56
W 57-44
W 72-68
L 61-69
2013*#1Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Tilte
North Carolina A&T
Colorado State
Oregon
Duke
Wichita State
Michigan
W 79-48
W 82-56
W 77-69
W 85-63
W 72-68
W 82-76
2014*#4Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Manhattan
#5 Saint Louis
#8 Kentucky
W 71–64
W 66–51
L 69–74
2015*#4Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#13 UC Irvine
#5 Northern Iowa
#8 NC State
#7 Michigan State
W 57–55
W 66–53
W 75–65
L 70–76 OT
2017 #2First Round
Second Round
#15 Jacksonville State
#7 Michigan
W 78–63
L 69–73
2019 #7First Round#10 MinnesotaL 76-86

Complete NIT results

The Cardinals have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 15 times. Their combined record is 16–15.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1951 First RoundWKUL 59–62
1953 First Round
Quarterfinals
Georgetown
Manhattan
W 92–79
L 66–79
1954 First RoundSt. Francis (NY)L 55–60
1955 First Round
Quarterfinals
Manhattan
Duquesne
W 91–86
L 66–74
1956 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Duquesne
Saint Joseph's
Dayton
W 84–72
W 89–79
W 93–80
1966 First RoundBoston CollegeL 90–96
1969 First Round
Quarterfinals
Fordham
Boston College
W 73–70
L 83–88
1970 First RoundOklahomaL 73–74
1971 First RoundProvidenceL 58–64
1973 First Round
Quarterfinals
American
Notre Dame
W 97–84
L 71–79
1976 QuarterfinalsProvidenceL 67–73
1985 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Alcorn State
South Florida
Chattanooga
UCLA
Tennessee
W 77–75
W 68–61
W 71–66
L 66–75
L 84–100
2002 First Round
Second Round
Princeton
Temple
W 66–65
L 62–65
2006 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Delaware State
Clemson
Missouri State
South Carolina
W 71–54
W 74–68
W 74–56
L 63–78
2018 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Northern Kentucky
Middle Tennessee
Mississippi State
W 66–58
W 84–68
L 56–79

Regular season conference championships

The Cardinals have won 23 conference regular season championships.

Since the 2014–15 season they have played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before that, they belonged to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from the 1925–26 to 1947–48 seasons, the Ohio Valley Conference for the 1948–49 season, the Missouri Valley Conference from 1964–65 to 1974–75, the Metro Conference from 1975–76 to 1994–95, Conference USA from 1995–96 to 2004–05, the Big East Conference from 2005–06 to 2012–13, and the American Athletic Conference in 2013–14.

They played as an independent school from 1911–12 to 1924–25 and from 1949–50 to 1963–64 (29 total seasons).

Missouri Valley Conference (7)
Metro Conference (12)
Conference USA (1)
Big East Conference (2)
American Athletic Conference (1)

Conference tournament championships

The Cardinal have won 19 conference tournament championships.

Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament (2)
Metro Conference Tournament (11)
Conference USA Tournament (2)
Big East Conference Tournament (3)
American Athletic Tournament (1)

Season by season results

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Men's basketball team, 1914, CN Caldwell, captain
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U of L winning percentage by year
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U of L all-time wins/losses graph

The following is according to Louisville's 2011–12 media guide [36] plus the results from the Louisville Athletics web site as of 01–28–12. [37]

SeasonCoachOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
1911–12Craig Sand0–3
1912–13Captains2–3
1913–14Captains2–6
1914–15Captains4–5
1915–16Ed Bowman8–3
1916–17No Formal TeamSeason cancelled
1917–18Ed Bowman3–4
1918–19Earl Ford7–4
1919–20Tuley Brucker6–5
1920–21Jimmie Powers3–8
1921–22John T. O'Rouke1–13
1922–23No Formal TeamSeason cancelled
Fred Enke (KIAC & SIAA)(1923–1925)
1923–24 Fred Enke 4–13
1924–25Fred Enke10–7
Fred Enke:14–20
Tom King(KIAC& SIAA)(1925–1930)
1925–26Tom King4–8KIAC Tournament Participant
1926–27Tom King7–5KIAC Tournament Participant
1927–28Tom King12–4KIAC Tournament Champion
1928–29Tom King12–8KIAC Tournament Champion
1929–30Tom King9–6KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant
Tom King:44–21
Edward Weber (KIAC & SIAA)(1930–1932)
1930–31Edward Weber5–11KIAC Tournament Participant
1931–32Edward Weber15–7KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant
Edward Weber:20–18
C.V. Money (KIAC & SIAA)(1932–1936)
1932–33 C.V. Money 11–11KIAC Tournament Participant
1933–34C.V. Money16–9KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant
1934–35C.V. Money5–9KIAC Tournament Participant
1935–36C.V. Money14–11KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant
C.V. Money:46–40
Lawrence Apitz(KIAC & SIAA)(1936–1940)
1936–37Lawrence Apitz4–8KIAC Tournament Participant
1937–38Lawrence Apitz4–11KIAC Tournament Participant
1938–39Lawrence Apitz1–15KIAC Tournament Participant
1939–40Lawrence Apitz1–18KIAC Tournament Participant
Lawrence Apitz:10–52
John C. Heldman, Jr.(KIAC & SIAA)(1940–1942)
1940–41John C. Heldman, Jr.2–14KIAC Tournament Participant
1941–42John C. Heldman, Jr.7–10KIAC Tournament Participant
John C. Heldman, Jr.:9–24
No Team(World War II)(1942–1943)
1942–43No Formal TeamSeason cancelled
Harold Church and Walter Casey(KIAC)(1943–1944)
1943–44Harold Church and
Walter Casey
10–10
Harold Church and Walter Casey:10–10
Bernard Hickman (KIAC)(1944–1948)
1944–45 Bernard Hickman 16–3
1945–46Bernard Hickman22–6KIAC Tournament Participant
1946–47Bernard Hickman17–6KIAC Tournament Participant
1947–48Bernard Hickman29–6 NAIB Champion
Bernard Hickman (Ohio Valley Conference)(1948–1949)
1948–49Bernard Hickman23–10
Bernard Hickman (Independent)(1949–1964)
1949–50Bernard Hickman21–11
1950–51Bernard Hickman19–7 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1951–52Bernard Hickman20–6 NIT
1952–53Bernard Hickman22–6 NIT
1953–54Bernard Hickman22–7 NIT
1954–55Bernard Hickman19–8 NIT
1955–56Bernard Hickman26–3 NIT Champion
1956–57Bernard Hickman21–5
1957–58Bernard Hickman13–12
1958–59 Bernard Hickman19–12 NCAA Final Four
1959–60Bernard Hickman15–11
1960–61Bernard Hickman21–8 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1961–62Bernard Hickman15–10
1962–63Bernard Hickman14–11
1963–64Bernard Hickman15–10 NCAA First Round
Bernard Hickman (Missouri Valley Conference)(1964–1967)
1964–65Bernard Hickman15–10
1965–66Bernard Hickman16–108–64th NIT
1966–67Bernard Hickman23–512–21st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Bernard Hickman:443–18320–8
John DromoMissouri Valley Conference (1967–1971)
1967–68 John Dromo 21–714–21st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1968–69John Dromo21–613–32nd NIT
1969–70John Dromo18–911–53rd NIT
1970–71John Dromo and
Howard Stacey
20–99–5T-1st NIT
John Dromo:68–2338–10
Howard Stacey:12–89–5
Denny CrumMissouri Valley Conference (1971–1975)
1971–72 Denny Crum 26–512–2T-1st NCAA Final Four
1972–73Denny Crum23–711–32nd NIT
1973–74Denny Crum21–711–11st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1974–75 Denny Crum28–312–21st NCAA Final Four
Denny Crum – Metro Conference (1975–1996)
1975–76Denny Crum20–82–22nd NIT
1976–77Denny Crum21–76–11st NCAA First Round
1977–78Denny Crum23–79–32nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1978–79Denny Crum24–89–11st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1979–80 Denny Crum33–312–01st NCAA Champion
1980–81 Denny Crum21–911–11st NCAA Second Round
1981–82 Denny Crum23–108–42nd NCAA Final Four
1982–83 Denny Crum32–412–01st NCAA Final Four
1983–84Denny Crum24–1111–3T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984–85 Denny Crum19–186–8T-4th NIT
1985–86 Denny Crum32–710–21st NCAA Champion
1986–87Denny Crum18–149–31st
1987–88Denny Crum24–119–31st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1988–89 Denny Crum24–98–4T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1989–90Denny Crum27–812–21st NCAA Second Round
1990–91Denny Crum14–164–108th
1991–92Denny Crum19–117–5T-2nd NCAA Second Round
1992–93Denny Crum22–911–11st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1993–94Denny Crum28–610–21st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1994–95Denny Crum19–147–5T-2nd NCAA First Round
Denny Crum – Conference USA (1996–2001)
1995–96Denny Crum22–1210–4T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1996–97Denny Crum26–99–5T-5th NCAA Elite Eight
1997–98Denny Crum12–205–115th (American Division)
1998–99Denny Crum19–1111–52nd (American) NCAA First Round
1999–00Denny Crum19–1210–62nd (American) NCAA First Round
2000–01Denny Crum12–198–8T-5 (American)
Denny Crum:675–295272–107
Rick Pitino – Conference USA (2001–2005)
2001–02Rick Pitino19–138–85th (American) NIT
2002–03Rick Pitino25–711–52nd (American) NCAA Second Round
2003–04Rick Pitino20–109–7T-6th NCAA First Round
2004–05 Rick Pitino33–514–21st NCAA Final Four
Rick Pitino – Big East (2005–2013)
2005–06Rick Pitino21–136–1011th NIT
2006–07Rick Pitino24–1012–42nd NCAA Second Round
2007–08Rick Pitino27–914–42nd NCAA Elite Eight
2008–09 Rick Pitino31–616–21st NCAA Elite Eight
2009–10 Rick Pitino20–1311–72nd NCAA First Round
2010–11 Rick Pitino25–1012–64th NCAA Second Round
2011–12 Rick Pitino0–10 (30 wins vacated)0–8 (10 wins vacated)7th Final Four (Vacated)*
2012–13 Rick Pitino0–5 (35 wins vacated)0–4 (14 wins vacated)1st Championship (Vacated)
Rick Pitino – American Athletic Conference (2013–2014)
2013–14 Rick Pitino0–6 (31 wins vacated)0–3 (15 wins vacated)T-1st Sweet 16*
Rick Pitino – Atlantic Coast Conference (2014–2017)
2014–15 Rick Pitino0–9 (27 wins vacated)0–6 (12 wins vacated)4th Elite Eight*
2015–16 Rick Pitino23–812–64thSelf-imposed post-season ban due to pending NCAA investigation
2016–17 Rick Pitino25–912–62nd NCAA Round of 32
Rick Pitino:293–143137–88
David Padgett – Atlantic Coast Conference (2017–2018)
2017–18 David Padgett22–149–9T-8th NIT Quarterfinals
David Padgett:22–149–9
Chris Mack – Atlantic Coast Conference (2018–present)
2018–19 Chris Mack20–1410–8T–6th NCAA Round of 64
Chris Mack:20–1410–8
Total:1,722–919

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* Vacated, Louisville forfeited 123 wins during 2011-2014, its NCAA tournament appearances, and its 2013 National Championship title. [38]
KIAC – Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
SIAA – Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NAIB – National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball
NAIA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was NAIB until 1952 when they picked up other sports. [39]
NIT – National Invitation Tournament
NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association

Rivalries

Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky–Louisville rivalry has been ranked the 2nd best rivalry in college basketball by Bleacher Report and 3rd best rivalry in all of college sports by Basketball Hall of Fame contributor Dick Vitale. [40] Kentucky and Louisville first played against each other in 1913 but stopped playing each other in the 1920s, playing only twelve times between 1913 and 1983. The rivalry was generally dormant with only occasional matchups until the teams met in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Since then, the two teams have met each year in late December or early January.

Much like the Iron Bowl, the Kentucky–Louisville rivalry is all the more intense because the two schools have consistently been among the nation's elite men's basketball teams for most of the last 50 years. Both schools are also two of the most victorious programs in NCAA men's basketball history; Kentucky is #1 on the list of all-time winningest programs in Division I Men's Basketball and Louisville #11. Kentucky has eight national championships while Louisville has two (official) national championships.

Cincinnati Bearcats

While predominantly a football rivalry, the proximity and long-standing conference affiliation of Cincinnati and Louisville made this into a key rivalry, particularly in the days of the Metro and Big East conferences. This rivalry went on hiatus in 2014 when Louisville left the American Athletic Conference for the ACC.

Notable Cardinals

Retired numbers

Retired numbers
NumberPlayerYears
8 Charlie Tyra 1954–57
31 Wes Unseld 1966–68
35 Darrell Griffith 1977–80
42 Pervis Ellison 1986–89

Louisville basketball has honored four former players by retiring their numbers. These are the last players to wear these numbers for a Louisville men's squad:

Cardinals in the Hall of Fame

Louisville has three 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, former coach Denny Crum, who was inducted in 1994, and coach Rick Pitino, who was inducted in 2013. Darrell Griffith, a national player of the year and consensus All-American at the University of Louisville, is part of the 2014 induction class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

National Player of the Year awards

All-Americans

Twenty one Louisville players have earned 25 All American selections. 7 players received 8 consensus All-American selections. [42] [43]

Consensus selections

Other selections

Other major national awards

Honored jerseys

Louisville has honored the jerseys of 20 former players. Their numbers remain active.

Honored Jerseys
NumberPlayerPositionYears
14 Alfred "Butch" Beard Guard1966–69
10 Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman Guard/Forward1972–75
16 Jack Coleman Forward/Center1946–49
24 Don Goldstein Forward1956–59
4 Lancaster Gordon Guard1980–84
13 George Hauptfuhrer Center1944–46
20 Bob Lochmueller Forward1949–52
22 Rodney McCray Forward/Center1979–83
12Jim MorganGuard1953–57
20 Allen Murphy Guard/Forward1972–75
16 Chuck Noble Forward/Guard1950–54
13 Bud Olsen Center1959–62
15 Jim Price Guard1969–72
13Kenny ReevesGuard1946–50
9 Phil Rollins Guard1952–56
43 Derek Smith Guard/Forward1978–82
55 Billy Thompson Forward1982–86
22John TurnerForward1958–61
20 Milt Wagner Guard1981–86
32 DeJuan Wheat Guard1993–97

Conference Player of the Year

Key

Co-Players of the Year
Player (X)Denotes the number of times the player has been
awarded the Player of the Year award at that point
Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
1973–74 Junior Bridgeman SF Junior
1974–75 Junior Bridgeman (2) Small forward Senior
Metro Conference Player of the Year
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
1977–78 Rick Wilson SG/PG Senior
1979–80 Darrell Griffith SG Senior
1980–81 Derek Smith SG Junior
1982–83 Rodney McCray SF Senior
1986–87 Herbert Crook SF/SG Junior
1987–88 Pervis Ellison C Junior
1992–93 Clifford Rozier C Sophomore
1993–94 Clifford Rozier (2) C Junior

Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Metro Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
1978 Rick Wilson SG/PG Senior
1980 Darrell Griffith SG Senior
1981 Rodney McCray SF Sophomore
1983 Rodney McCray(2) SF Senior
1986 Pervis Ellison C Freshman
1988 Herbert Crook SF Senior
1989 Pervis Ellison(2) C Senior
1990 LaBradford Smith SG Junior
1991 LaBradford Smith(2) SG Senior
1993 Dwayne Morton SF Sophomore
1994 Clifford Rozier C Junior
1995 DeJuan Wheat PG Sophomore
Conference USA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
2003 Luke Whitehead SF Junior
2005 Taquan Dean SG/PG Junior
Big East Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
2012 Peyton Siva PG Junior
2013 Peyton Siva PG Senior
American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player
SeasonPlayerPositionClass
2014 Russ Smith SG/PG Senior

1000-point scorers

As of 2015, Louisville has 67 1000-point career scorers, second only to North Carolina for most all time. [44]

Cardinals in the pros

The Cardinals have had 75 players taken in the NBA Draft, the most recent being Ray Spalding, who was chosen in the 2018 NBA Draft, and Donovan Mitchell, who was chosen in the 2017 NBA Draft. 30 former Cardinal players are playing professional basketball, with six of those currently playing in the NBA.

Gorgui Dieng is one of eight former Cardinals playing in the NBA in 2018. Gorgui Dieng 2013.jpg
Gorgui Dieng is one of eight former Cardinals playing in the NBA in 2018.
NameLeagueTeam
Deng Adel Flag of the United States.svg NBA G League Raptors 905
Rakeem Buckles Flag of France.svg LNB Pro B Lille Métropole BC
Derrick Caracter Flag of Puerto Rico.svg BSN Capitanes de Arecibo
Earl Clark Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegrin Basketball League Budućnost VOLI
Taquan Dean Flag of France.svg LNB Pro A Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Nouha Diakite Flag of France.svg LNB Pro B Lille Métropole BC
Gorgui Dieng Flag of the United States.svg NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
Montrezl Harrell Flag of the United States.svg NBA Los Angeles Clippers
Terence Jennings Flag of Finland.svg Korisliiga Kobrat
Chris Jones Flag of Belgium (civil).svg PLB Belfius Mons-Hainaut
Preston Knowles Flag of Italy.svg Serie A2 Basket Derthona Basket
Kyle Kuric Flag of Spain.svg Liga ACB FC Barcelona Lassa
Damion Lee Flag of the United States.svg NBA Golden State Warriors
Trey Lewis Flag of the United States.svg NBA G League Salt Lake City Stars
Mangok Mathiang Flag of Italy.svg LBA Vanoli Cremona
Donovan Mitchell Flag of the United States.svg NBA Utah Jazz
Alhaji Mohammed Flag of Hungary.svg NB I/A Alba Fehérvár
Larry O'Bannon Flag of Argentina.svg LNB Hispano Americano
Chinanu Onuaku Flag of the United States.svg NBA G League Greensboro Swarm
Juan Palacios Flag of France.svg LNB Pro A Élan Chalon
Terry Rozier Flag of the United States.svg NBA Charlotte Hornets
Samardo Samuels Flag of France.svg LNB Pro A Limoges CSP
Peyton Siva Flag of Germany.svg Bundesliga Alba Berlin
Chris Smith Flag of Israel.svg Liga Leumit Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin
Jerry Smith Flag of Turkey.svg TBL Samsunspor
Russ Smith Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg CBA Fujian Sturgeons
Quentin Snider Flag of Portugal.svg LPB Benfica
Édgar Sosa Flag of France.svg LNB Pro A BCM Gravelines-Dunkerque
Ray Spalding Flag of the United States.svg NBA Dallas Mavericks
Kevin Ware Flag of Greece.svg Greek Basket League Faros Larissas

Several other former players have played in the NBA, including:

Facilities

Home courts

The Cardinals' home floor is Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center. The-Yum-Center.jpg
The Cardinals' home floor is Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center.

KFC Yum! Center (2010–present)

Since the 2010–11 season the Cardinals have played their home games at the KFC Yum! Center located along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. As of February 7,2017, Louisville has a 114–14 record (.891) in 6 seasons in the KFC Yum! Center. [45] [46] [ failed verification ]

The facility has a seating capacity of 22,090 with 71 suites and 62 loge boxes. [47] It is the third-largest in the nation (behind only Syracuse's Carrier Dome, and Rupp Arena). Louisville ranked among the top 3 in attendance in the first three seasons at the KFC Yum! Center. [48] The attendance record of 22,815 was set on March 9, 2013 against #24 Notre Dame.

The playing surface at the KFC Yum! Center is named Denny Crum Court in honor of Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum. The University of Louisville first renamed its home court after Crum in January 2007. [49]

Since the opening of the KFC Yum Center, the University of Louisville has become the most valuable college basketball team in the nation. In 2012 the Cardinals were worth $36.1 million, up nearly 40% from two years earlier, before the Yum Center opened. [50]

Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center FreedomHallStateFair.jpg
Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center

Freedom Hall (1956–2010)

From 1956 to the completion of the KFC Yum! Center in 2010, the Cardinals played their home games at Freedom Hall. Louisville had a 664–136 record in 54 seasons in Freedom Hall (.83 winning percentage). 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 ranked among the top 10 nationally in average home attendance at Freedom Hall for 31 years, including the last 28 in the nation's top five (19,397 in '09-10, third in the nation). In 2010, a new Freedom Hall attendance record was set when 20,135 fans witnessed the Cardinals defeat the #1 ranked Syracuse Orange in the final University of Louisville game in the arena. [51]

Jefferson County Armory as it was September 5, 2007 now named the Louisville Gardens Louisville Gardens roadwork.jpg
Jefferson County Armory as it was September 5, 2007 now named the Louisville Gardens

Jefferson County Armory (1945–72)

Jefferson County Armory was the primary home of Louisville Cardinals basketball starting in 1945 when Bernard "Peck" Hickman was head coach until the 1957–58 season, when Freedom Hall became their primary home game site. The Cardinals played 10 of their home games in the Jefferson County Armory in 1956–57 and three games in Freedom Hall. Louisville played one game at the armory in 1958–59.In the 1960s the armory was renamed the Louisville Convention Center. The Cardinals played two games at the Convention Center in 1963–64 and three games in the Convention Center in 1964–65. The last game the Cardinals played there was November 30, 1972. Louisville was 153–23 all time at the Jefferson County Armory which is now named the Louisville Gardens. [52] [53]

Belknap Gymnasium (1931–44)

After playing home games at numerous venues in its early years, the Cardinals moved to the newly constructed Belknap Gymnasium in 1931. The gym housed 600 bleacher seats and the baskets were mounted directly to the wall. Louisville compiled a 56–35 (.615 winning percentage) before moving to the Jefferson County Armory. The gym was razed in 1993 to make way for Lutz Hall. [54]

Practice facilities

Planet Fitness-Kueber Center (2007–present)

Since 2007 the Cardinals have practiced at the $15.2 million, 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) Planet Fitness-Kueber Center on campus. The Planet Fitness-Kueber Center houses the teams basketball offices, practice facilities, film room and training areas.

The facility was named the Yum! Center, until December of 2018 when local businessmen Rick and David Kueber donated $3 million to rename the facility. [55]

Controversies and scandals

1956 recruiting violations

In 1956 the team was placed on probation for two years by the NCAA, including bans on postseason play, due to recruiting violations. [11]

2015 sex scandal

A former Louisville player, and then Director of Basketball Operations, Andre McGee, arranged and paid for strippers and prostitutes to perform striptease dances and sexual acts for 17 prospective and former basketball players from 2010–2014. On October 3, 2015, the book publisher IBJ Custom Publishing released a book entitled "Breaking Cardinal Rules." Based on revelations provided by the local self-described escort, Katina Powell, the book detailed striptease dances and acts of prostitution that Powell and McGee arranged and organized in Minardi Hall over approximately a four-year period. [56]

During the investigation of the allegations, the university self-imposed a ban on the 2016 NCAA Tournament. In June 2016, the NCAA announced that the university would lose four basketball scholarships over the course of four seasons, but there would be no further postseason ban. The NCAA suspended head coach Rick Pitino for five ACC games during the 2017–18 season. The NCAA also ordered the university to vacate all wins from 2011–2014 that include ineligible players. The vacated wins include a Final Four appearance in 2012 and an NCAA Tournament Championship in 2013. [57] These sanctions have been appealed by the University of Louisville.

2017 corruption scandal

As a result of a corruption scandal implicating various schools including Louisville, [58] [59] [60] on September 27, 2017, Louisville placed head coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave and athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave. [61] Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich would then be fired with cause by the University, David Padgett would be selected to replace Rick Pitino as the Interim Head Coach of the mens squad, and Vince Tyra would be selected as Interim Athletic Director.

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The 2009–10 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2009–10 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 96th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his ninth season. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at Freedom Hall, the final season before moving to the KFC Yum! Center.

The 2010–11 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 97th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino, who was in his 10th season. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center, their first season at the new arena after 54 years at Freedom Hall.

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.

The 2012–13 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 99th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Big East Conference and were coached by Rick Pitino in his 12th season as head coach at Louisville. The team played its home games on Denny Crum Court at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals finished the season 35–5, 14–4 in Big East play to earn a share of the Big East regular season championship. They won the Big East Tournament for the third time in school history and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals earned a trip to the school's fourth Final Four and defeated Michigan to win the NCAA Championship; however, that title was stripped by the NCAA in 2018. The season marked the final year for the Big East under its original structure.

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.

2001–02 Louisville Cardinals mens basketball team

The 2001–02 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville in the 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the 88th season of interleague play for the Cardinals. The head coach was Rick Pitino and the team finished the season with an overall record of 19-13. Their longest winning streak was an 8-game streak and the Cardinals never lost more than 3 games in a row.

2000–01 Louisville Cardinals mens basketball team

The 2000–01 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville in the 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the university's 87th season of intercollegiate competition. The head coach was Denny Crum and the team finished the season with an overall record of 12-19. It was Crum's last season as head coach of Louisville, ending the longest tenure of any Louisville head basketball coach. Crum also became the winningest coach of the Louisville basketball team during his 30-year coaching career, with 675 wins. Rick Pitino replaced Crum after the season ended.

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 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 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 2015 University of Louisville basketball sex scandal involved National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules violations committed by the University of Louisville men's basketball program. The scandal centered around improper benefits given by former Director of Basketball Operations and Louisville player Andre McGee to prospective players and former Louisville players.

The 2017–18 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 2017–18 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 interim head coach David Padgett after former head coach Rick Pitino was fired due to an FBI investigation into the school. They finished the season 22–14 overall, and 9–9 in ACC conference play, finishing in a tie for 8th with Florida State, who they defeated in the second round of the ACC Tournament before losing to Virginia in the quarterfinals. They received an invitation to the NIT, where they defeated Northern Kentucky in the first round and Middle Tennessee in the second round before being defeated in the quarterfinals by Mississippi State.

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.

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