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Rick Pitino, head coach of the Louisville Cardinal men's basketball teamRick Pitino, head coach of the Louisville Cardinal men's basketball teamBy: Adam Glanzman

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  • Rick Pitino and John Calipari have supercharged the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry, but there's so much more to it than that.
  • The Cardinals are now No. 16 in the coaches' poll and No. 19 according to the AP.
  • Wednesday night college Basketball and we will see the Louisville Cardinals travel to the Carrier Dome to take on the Syracuse Orange. The game has a start time of 7:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN. Current Vegas betting odds have Louisville listed as 2.5 point favorites, while the total is set at 130.5.
  • Louisville has suspended starting guard Chris Jones for a violation of team rules, and the senior could miss more than just Wednesday's game against Syracuse. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Jones' suspension is "unrelated to basketball" and that he is uncertain how much time the Memphis, Tennessee, native will miss. Jones was benched earlier in the season and played just nine minutes against Long Beach State but had responded and was averaging 13.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and a team-high 3.7 assists per game for a Cardinals team that is 20-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. Jones scored 20 points in a loss to NC State on Saturday.
  • Through 14 weeks of action, Louisville basketball (19-4) has managed to stay within the Top 10 of the Associated Press poll every time one came out. That’s a pretty impressive feat in itself, but throw in the fact that the Cardinals are 7-3 so far in their inaugural season in the treacherous ACC as well, and Rick Pitino’s squad really deserves some back-patting, despite just coming off a tough loss on the road to Virginia. Now, with about a month of the regular season remaining, it is a crucial time for this team with Final Four aspirations to gel together, build off its strengths and shore up its weaknesses. As for the rest of the public, let’s take a look at some of the things we have learned from this year’s Cardinals so far.
  • The arena goes dark, except for the waving spotlights, and the announcer calls out five names. Shipes. Crider. Green. Hunter. Harrow. Tonight’s starting lineup for the Georgia State Panthers. Moderate applause from the bleachers. The house lights come up, revealing a small but passionate student section that includes one very loud guy in a face-covering bodysuit. The upper deck is nearly uninhabited, with chainlink fence along the top. This room seats 3,455 for basketball. During tonight’s untelevised showdown between two of the better teams in the Sun Belt Conference, it will be two-thirds empty. A young man watches the opening tip from the Georgia State bench. If you walked in from Decatur Street and didn’t know the backstory, you wouldn’t even know he was there.
  • In a wide-ranging piece published Tuesday by Sports Illustrated, Kevin Ware said his transfer last year from the Louisville basketball team had nothing to do with a speeding ticket and subsequent court appearance, close friend Chane Behanan's departure or rumors surrounding his life away from the court. In short, Ware was tired of his reputation simply as that guy who got hurt in U of L's Elite 8 win over Duke, with the gruesome leg injury preceding the Cardinals' run to the 2013 national championship.

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