We have been hearing about this for some time now, but it was officially announced today the Cards will renew their series with Memphis State on the hardwood. According to Fox Sports’ Jeff Goodman (via Twitter), Louisville and Memphis State have agreed on a two year, home and home basketball series beginning this December 17 at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be part of the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout and air on CBS at 4:00 pm. These two squads have not met on the court since UofL left C-USA, but were bitter rivals dating back to the Metro Conference days. As I was growing up and learning to be a Cardinal fan, I actually had more hatred for Memphis State than I did Kentucky. No clue why, probably because I’m messed up.
In any event, this game beefs up the Louisville schedule even more. The Cards open the year at Butler, travel to Lexington to face Kentucky, and have a match-up with Vanderbilt as well. Now add Memphis State, along with the meat grinder that is the Big East and Rick Pitino will have his hands full this year. The good news is Rick has a damn good squad himself and they should be up for the challenge. The complete UofL basketball schedule is expected to be announced pretty soon, we’ll obviously post it when available.
Update – Louisville and Memphis have officially announced the renewal of their storied basketball rivalry. There’s nothing really new from what we told you yesterday, but I would like to add the comments made by Rick Pitino and Josh Pastner in regards to this series.
Pitino on Memphis:
“Memphis and Louisville have a storied rivalry and a long tradition of competitive games. We’re excited to have them back on our schedule. With the addition of Memphis and such opponents as Vanderbilt, Butler, Kentucky and Western Kentucky, this will be a tremendous non-conference schedule. Combined with our BIG EAST Conference games, this will be one of the toughest schedules we have faced.”
Pastner on Louisville:
“Since I got this job two years ago, our fans have talked to me on numerous occasions about the Memphis-Louisville rivalry, and how much they want to renew the series. This is a great rivalry not only for the schools and their fans, but it’s also one of college basketball’s top rivalries. I have a tremendous respect for Coach Pitino and what he has done throughout his career and at Louisville. We are looking forward to an exciting and hard-fought game with the Cardinals.”
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