Louisville Cardinals
NCAA Basketball Tournament History
Louisville
NCAA National Championships: 3

Under the direction of head coach Denny Crum, the Louisville
Cardinals won the NCAA College Basketball National Championship in
the 1980s.  Rick Pitino delivered a national title in 2013.
1980, 1986, 2013
NCAA Tournament Final Four Appearances
Louisville has thrived in March Madness and made it to the
NCAA Final Four in the following seasons.  The Cardinals
established a tremendous Final Four tradition in the 1980's
with four appearances that decade

1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 2005, 2012, 2013
Louisville Cardinals
Basketball Facts

  • Louisville is the only school in the nation to have claimed
    the championship of three major national post-season
    tournaments including the 1948 NAIB championship, the
    1956 NIT title and the 1980 and 1986 NCAA championships.

  • Heading into the 2008/2009 season, Louisville Cardinals
    basketball has produced 18 All-Americans.  Notable
    performers on that list include Wes Unseld, Darrell Griffith,
    and Pervis Ellison.

  • The University has two 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, and former coach Denny Crum, who
    was inducted in ‘94.

  • Louisville Basketball originated in the 1911/1912 season
    when the squad posted an 0-3 record.
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Louisville Players selected
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NBA Draft
After a stellar collegiate career, Pervis
Ellison was picked by the Sacramento Kings
with the overall first pick of the 1989 NBA
Draft.  Known as "Never Nervos Pervis,"  
Ellison played four years for Coach Denny
Crum.  Ellison helped UofL win a national
championship in 1986.  Ellison played for 12
NBA seasons with Sacramento,
Washington, Boston and Seattle
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With an exciting 82-76 victory over Michigan, U o L has capture their third National
Championship in the program's history!
U of L's Russ Smith
This scoring machine has been a
major factor in the Cardinals blitz
through the 2013 NCAA bracket.  
Smith's 104 points in his first four
tournament games, ranks him as
one of the best scorers in March
Madness history.  Russ Smith
averaged 18.8 PPG for the season.
Peyton Siva
This Cardinals senior guard
been a tremendous force all
season by leading the team in
assists.  Against Duke in the
2013 Elite 8 game, Siva poured
in 16 points while adding four
assists.
"Just Win the Game"
Those words spoken by injured
Louisville player Kevin Ware
inspired the Cardinals in their
win over Duke.  Ware suffered a
devestating leg injury in the first
half of the Elite 8 game against
Duke.  Ware had successful
surgery Sunday night following
the team's win over Duke.
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