LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Nineteen house video games within the KFC Yum! Center, top-level competitors within the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, a conflict with Maryland within the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, three intrastate foes and a rigorous ACC slate spotlight the University of Louisville’s full 2022-23 males’s basketball schedule launched Tuesday.
The Cardinals will host seven non-conference tilts at house, together with two exhibitions and 10 league contests in head coach Kenny Payne‘s first season on the helm. The schedule contains three video games towards in-state competitors – house contests towards Bellarmine and Western Kentucky, in addition to a go to to Kentucky.
“We are excited concerning the problem of our schedule,” Payne mentioned. “To play at the least 15 video games towards packages that have been within the postseason final yr is actually a troublesome schedule to say the least, to go together with ACC play which we all know is likely one of the finest conferences in school basketball. We will get examined on who we’re and the tradition we are attempting to determine. Win or Learn.”
Eight of the Cardinals’ 13 non-conference opponents received 18 or extra video games final season. Louisville’s energy of schedule has been among the many prime 18 hardest within the nation by the RPI or NET in 11 of the previous 16 years.
Including the Cardinals’ 20-game ACC schedule, at the least 15 of the Cardinals’ 31 video games will likely be performed towards groups that participated in postseason competitors final season, together with at the least 10 from the 2022 NCAA Tournament area (NCAA Tournament: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina twice, Notre Dame, Miami twice, Virginia Tech; NIT: Virginia twice, Wake Forest, Wright State; The Basketball Classic: Appalachian State). Six of the eight groups within the Maui Jim Maui Invitational participated within the 2022 NCAA Tournament, together with at the least the primary two opponents UofL will face within the occasion.
Numerous UofL opponents are ranked among the many ESPN way-too-early Top 25, together with non-conference foes No. 4 Kentucky and Maui Invitational members No. 7 Creighton, No. 9 Arkansas, No. 16 Arizona, No. 23 San Diego State and No. 24 Texas Tech. Three ACC groups are additionally included in these rankings in No. 1 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke and No. 18 Virginia.
Including a pair of exhibition video games towards NCAA Division II opponents, the Cardinals’ first 5 video games will likely be performed at house within the KFC Yum! Center. UofL will face its first exterior competitors in an exhibition sport on Oct. 30 towards Lenoir-Rhyne University, a workforce coached by UofL’s No. 16 all-time scorer Everick Sullivan (1,583 factors from 1988-92). Chaminade University of Honolulu, which the Cardinals have beforehand confronted on 4 events on visits to Hawai’i, will present the opposition in UofL’s second house exhibition sport on Nov. 3.
The Cardinals formally open their 2022-23 season within the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 9 towards Bellarmine, a workforce situated about 4 miles from the sector and coached by former UofL assistant Scott Davenport. It will match the third-earliest season opener in UofL historical past. The Cardinals will comply with with house video games towards postseason match members Wright State on Nov. 12 and Appalachian State on Nov. 15
Louisville will face Arkansas within the first spherical of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational on Nov. 21 on the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawai’i within the second sport of the match. The eight-team, three-day occasion will even function Texas Tech towards Creighton on Nov. 21 in Game 1, Ohio State towards San Diego State in Game 3, and Cincinnati towards Arizona in Game 4. The winners from the Louisville-Arkansas matchup will face the winner of the Texas Tech-Creighton contest on Nov. 22, whereas the losers of these two video games will play one another. The Cardinals’ opponents for Nov. 23 will likely be decided by their development. Ticket packages to hitch the Cardinals can be found at GoCards.com/Maui. The seven potential opponents UofL may play averaged almost 25 victories final season and 6 are ranked within the nation’s preseason Top 25.
Louisville returns house to play Maryland within the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 29 towards a workforce coached by former UofL assistant coach Kevin Willard. The Cardinals can have three extra house non-conference video games within the KFC Yum! Center within the month of December towards Western Kentucky on Dec. 14, Florida A&M on Dec. 17 and Lipscomb on Dec. 20
UofL will go to intrastate rival Kentucky in Lexington on New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31). While the Cardinals and Wildcats have been scheduled to play their rivalry sport in Louisville in 2022, COVID-related points compelled final yr’s matchup in Lexington to be canceled and the faculties agreed to maneuver the deliberate schedule a yr ahead and play this yr’s contest in Lexington.
Louisville will play three ACC matchups within the month of December, beginning Dec. 4 at house towards Miami. The Cardinals will even journey to Florida State on Dec. 10 and NC State on Dec. 22
After concluding the non-conference schedule at Kentucky, UofL resumes ACC play with 4 of the following 5 at house, together with video games towards Syracuse (Jan. 3), Wake Forest (Jan. 7), North Carolina (Jan. 14) and Pittsburgh (Jan. 18) sandwiched round a visit to Clemson on Jan. 11
In whole, 12 of Louisville’s first 19 common season video games will likely be performed at house.
Visits to Boston College (Jan. 25) and Notre Dame (Jan. 28) spherical out the month, adopted by house video games towards Georgia Tech (Feb. 1) and Florida State (Feb. 4). The Cardinals subsequent journey to Pittsburgh (Feb. 7) and Miami (Feb. 11), then welcome Virginia and Clemson on Feb. 15 and 18, respectively.
Louisville performs three of its final 4 on the highway, together with journeys to Duke (Feb. 20), Georgia Tech (Feb. 25) and Virginia (March 4). The last house sport of the common season comes Feb. 28 towards Virginia Tech.
The ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament will likely be staged on the Greensboro (NC) Coliseum on March 7-11.
Times and tv assignments will likely be launched at a later date.
Louisville will likely be guided in 2022-23 by Payne, a veteran school and NBA coach with 17 years of teaching expertise and a former Cardinal Basketball nice and nationwide champion (1,083 profession factors from 1985-89). He was named the Cardinals’ new coach on March 18 after two years as an assistant coach with the NBA New York Knicks.
The Cardinals have posted 73 successful seasons over the past 77 years. Louisville is certainly one of solely six colleges to be ranked within the AP Top 25 ballot at the least in 18 of the previous 19 seasons (since 2002-03, excluding preseason polls) and the Cardinals have completed among the many nation’s Top 25 groups in eight of the final 12 years.
Fans can have an preliminary likelihood to see the Cardinals within the preseason subsequent month with Louisville Live at Louisville Slugger Field on Oct. 21, adopted by the Red and White Scrimmage on Oct. 23 on the KFC Yum! Center. Ticket data will comply with at a later date.
Cardinal followers can save on single-game pricing with season tickets, beginning as little as $17 per sport. Season ticket members additionally take pleasure in unique NEW advantages, together with the chance to trade tickets all through the season and obtain further complimentary tickets for a choose sport. Fans considering buying season tickets can go to gocards.com/mbbtickets, or electronic mail gross sales@gocards and name 502-852-5151 for added data.