After a tumultuous offseason that saw Louisville part ways with their men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich due to the adidas pay-for-play allegations, the Cardinals are ready for a fresh start.
Louisville tips off the regular season this Sunday vs. visiting George Mason, so Courier-Journal writer Jeff Greer offered up six bold predictions for the Cardinals.
The departure of Pitino doesn’t have Greer doubting the potential of a special season for the Cardinals.
Greer is optimistic that interim coach David Padgett will step in and navigate Louisville to within one win of the Final Four.
And if that happens, Greer thinks you can kiss that ”interim” label goodbye for Padgett.
Louisville gets a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance: Matching its record from a season ago, Louisville goes 24-7 in the regular season and earns a solid No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Cards play their opening-weekend games in Nashville alongside archrival Kentucky, but the teams are in different regions.
The Cards make a run to the Elite Eight: Armed with three scoring wings, a veteran point guard and three athletic, lanky big guys, Louisville reaches the championship game of its NCAA Tournament region. The Cards shake off the renewed media focus on the FBI scandal that March brings, praising interim coach David Padgett for guiding them through a shaky period. But that’s where their run ends, just short of the Final Four.
Bonus prediction: Louisville’s 28 wins and strong NCAA Tournament performance earn Padgett the full-time head coaching job at Louisville, with the school removing the interim tag.
Louisville, which was knocked out last season in the Round of 32, returns its top two scorers from last year in Quentin Snider (12.4) and Deng Adel (12.1).
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