#13 Louisville Cardinals: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

For the second straight year, Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals had their season end in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament; this time at the hands of 13th seeded Morehead State.  With several core players returning, the Cards are expected to be a top ten team in 2011-12 though a season-ending injury McDonald’s All-American Wayne Blackshear lowers their expectations a bit.

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99 in 99: #58 Louisville Cardinals

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Maybe I am underestimating what Rick Pitino has done during his career as a college basketball coach, but I just do not think Louisville is going to be all that good this season.  They lost their best player, experienced backcourt, and two impact newcomers this off-season.  Worst of all is the name of their new arena opening this season; KFC Yum! Center.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days ranks the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors.  It will leading right up to the opening tip of the college hoops season.  Click here if you missed teams #59-#99.

By: David Kay
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