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Cards on Preseason Lists

This one just doesn’t get old.

As we look forward to a great upcoming year in college basketball, our red-clad friends down the road in the heart of the 502 have a lot to be excited about as well.  The Cards return the core of a Final Four team, losing only a couple pieces and gaining the health of stud freshman Wayne Blackshear.  It’s eerily parallel to Kentucky’s team this past season, who kept the key parts of a surprising Final Four team and used the experience to fuel a championship run.  Louisville fans have got to be feeling that this is their year to not only make it to Atlanta, but also break their current losing streak against the Wildcats.

The worst thing?  Louisville fans aren’t the only ones thinking that.  Many ranking sites have them in their early-early-early-preseason Top 5, and many predict them to start the year above the Wildcats.  ESPN has this to say of the resurgent Cardinals:

I am still not all-in with Louisville. … Here’s the worry: the offense. Louisville struggled to score last season and with its best outside threat graduating in the form of Kyle Kuric, that doesn’t look to get any easier.

That’s certainly high prai… wait, what?  I thought the Cards were supposed to be great next year?  Why mention their almost non-existent offensive capabilities?

Probably because they’re officially on the “Too Much Hype” list, alongside perennial power fan favorite adidas-wearer UCLA.  That’s right, the “vaunted” Cardinal defense notwithstanding, their dearth of offensive ability has caused some minds to worry that they’re more talk than tenacity.  The article concludes:

Louisville overachieved last year by miles to make it to the Final Four, and while this team certainly has reason to hope, I think it’s still a little premature to presume.

I think that’s about fair.  The Cardinals may deserve their pre-season ranking as a somewhat “known” quantity in a year rife with new faces, but I think they’ll be quickly overtaken by more talented, and offensively capable, teams.  Hopefully like Kentucky, but if not us, certainly someone else.  Louisville will be pretty good, but they’re benefitting more from the lack of great teams than they are from their own merits.  That will show up when squads start to gel, and improve, while the Cardinals have likely already hit their ceiling.

So enjoy the preseason ranking while you can, Cardinal fans.  Because you’re not likely to hold it very long.

And we’re not the only ones thinking that.

Correction: Yesterday I linked to an ESPN article by Myron Medcalf, that for some unknown reason I thought was written by Dana O’Neil.  I have no idea why.  It’s been a long couple weeks, folks.  Sorry Myron.

Article written by Corey Nichols

28 Comments for Cards on Preseason Lists

  1. Dickie Z
    9:04 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    “eerily parallel to Kentucky‚Äôs team this past season” ??? Are they bringing in 4 amazing freshmen? Nope. Don’t see it. You suck again, Corey Nichols!

  2. UHUH
    9:06 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Haha #1 beat me to it. Dumb comparison.

  3. Die Card: With a Vengeance
    9:13 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    I seriously thought I was reading the Card Chronicle for a second. Coulda’ sworn this was supposed to be a UK sports news site. On the other hand, it’s not like you can talk much about your football program.

  4. Ms cat
    9:17 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Jodie Meeks nonexistent in game 4 1min play.

  5. Flat Top Feller
    9:19 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Is this

  6. BooCat
    9:23 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Corey the picture doesnt get old but you have worn out your welcome. BOOOOOOOOO!

  7. Adolfus Traditional
    9:23 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Anybody, Anytime, AnyNeutral Site.

    NIKE: Refuse to Play

    Have a good day folks!

  8. Rock Slyde
    9:31 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Corey, you should stopped at “This one just doesn’t get old”.

  9. lolCards
    9:32 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    3 so if you weren’t expecting to read an article on UofL, what are you going on this site? Hoping to read about the Cats? that’s cute.

  10. lolCards
    9:33 am May 9, 2012 Permalink


  11. Al's IndiCats
    9:43 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Must be a slow day for In the “VILE” for #6. I just love it when they come in here to troll around. But sorry #6 there isn’t many pictures for you to look at, for it had to be your skank to read this clip to you.

    I have an Idea for you CorEy, tomorrow just give your opinion on why Loserville and IBLEW canceled out their World record setting home and home series that never was. Seriously, that’s all I heard about why UK was so scared of IBLEW that we had to cancel out this rivalry.

  12. andrewpillow
    9:45 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Regardless of what anybody thinks of them, they can start 4 future draft picks and a guy in Russ Smith who could be all conference if given the green light.

    Teams have won it all with talent.

  13. Stuck in SC
    9:46 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    not LouisvilleSportsRadio…

    …I don’t really disagree, but…I def. don’t care to read about Louisville

  14. come tournament time
    9:48 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    UL has rd. of 32 written all over themselves

  15. big bucks
    10:06 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Chane B,

    Dear fellow Ky natives… prepared for my boys to beat the boys in blue next year!!! We gonaa beat yo ass!!! UL 4 LIFE

  16. mike
    10:21 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    I say its good, lets keep the cards and ucla put up there at the top, they should win it all, anything less and they will suck, keep the presure on them the way it was on us last year, and see if they can finish it, I dont think they can. GO CATS

  17. CATS
    10:32 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Dear Chane B,

    Prediction #1: ‘We gonna go undefeated.’ – Wrong; Prediction #2: ‘When we get to the final four it’s a piece of cake from there.’ – Wrong; Prediction #3: ‘My boys to beat the boys in blue next year’ – Unknown. Considering you are 0 for 2, I don’t think many people believe you on the third try. Third try is NOT the charm.

  18. wow
    10:43 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Corey Nichols, spouting off out of his @$$ again. How is a Final Four team returning everyone except two shooters who cant drive or create their own shot (Kuric and Smith) ranked high not on their own merits? Maybe you didn’t watch the Final Four game but you do realized UK was tied with them with about 8 minutes to go, with a team with 6 players averaging double digits headed to the NBA. But go ahead and keep spouting off about how UofL sucks, start the overrated talk now so they can fly under the radar, I like it.

  19. GrumpyOldDude
    10:56 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Because AA male Myron Medcalf looks so much like the caucasian female Dana O’Neill?

  20. UKBlue
    11:01 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares, one year does not make a program or history. Pitino has apparently done nothing but found ways to screw things up. UL fans & Pitino should be scarred because now people are expecting things from them next year & they can’t fly under the radar. If Pitino, UL, and especially UL fans are going to talk shit, then they better win !!

  21. Al B. Sure
    11:04 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Probably trying to give all the Card Trolls that are constantly on this site something to read relating to their team. Actually very thoughtful.

  22. Really
    11:26 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    UofL started the preseason ranked fairly high last year…top 10. They climbed as high as number 4. The word then was that UofL was ranked too high and wouldn’t hold the position very long…which they didn’t. They had some bumps and bruises throughout the season, which is to be expected from a team that relied so heavily on defensive stops and not offensive production. With that said, UofL made the final 4, had 30 wins, and finished 4th in the final polls. UofL has “over-acheived” for the past 2 seasons now and look forward to “overacheiving” for a third.

  23. Pitino's fetus
    11:28 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    UofLOL will flame out next like they usually do. The tards are overrated and field a team of scrubs. That ghetto commuter school has been irrelevant for 26 years.

  24. Really
    11:34 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    21…The flame this year was just strong enough to get to the Final 4.

  25. Rexxx in Effect
    11:53 am May 9, 2012 Permalink

    For the record, Louisville still hasn’t won a title in the 3 pt shot era……#L1C4

  26. Jared
    12:42 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Why is the site so obsessed with Louisville. A post about Louisville on the KSR site. Worry about your own team and NCAA investigations. Like I don’t get the hate?!?

  27. louisville
    1:17 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    Still swinging on them i see!

  28. UK22
    3:01 pm May 9, 2012 Permalink

    14. So were you writing to Chane B? I’m confused. (Oh that was supposed to be Chane B talking to us it’s just you are retarted when it comes writing to an audience.)