|University||University of Louisville|
|All-time record||1803-901 (.667)|
|Head coach||David Padgett (interim) (1st season)|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|Arena||KFC Yum! Center (2010-present)
Freedom Hall (1956-2010)
|Colors||Red and Black
|NCAA Tournament champions|
|1980, 1986, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Final Four|
|1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 2005, 2012, 2013|
|NCAA Tournament Elite Eight|
|1959, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1951, 1959, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1951, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1928, 1929, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014|
The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team is the men's college basketball program representing the University of Louisville (U of L) in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) of NCAA Division I. The Cardinals have won three NCAA championships (1980, 1986, 2013) and have been to 10 Final Fours (sixth most all time) in 42 NCAA tournament appearances (fifth all time) while compiling 76 tournament wins (sixth all time).
Due to an FBI criminal investigation into illegal benefits and actions by college basketball coaches, financial advisers, and others, on September 27, 2017, head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave. Two days later, assistant David Padgett, a former star player under Pitino at Louisville, was named as interim head coach.
Hickman led Louisville to its first championship on a national level by winning the NAIB Tournament in 1948. In 1956, led by All-American Charlie Tyra, the Cardinals won the NIT Championship. In 1956 his team was placed on two years probation, to include bans on postseason play, by the NCAA due to recruiting violations. In 1959, Louisville made its first NCAA Final Four appearance behind the play of All-American Don Goldstein.
The Cardinals never had a losing season in Hickman's 23 seasons as head coach. He coached 11 20-win teams, appeared in five NCAA tournaments, coached six NIT appearances and finished with a 443-183 overall record, a .708 winning percentage that ranks him in the top 45 all time.
John Dromo was Hickman's assistant for 17 years and succeeded him at head coach in 1967. In four seasons as head coach, Dromo led the Cardinals to a 68-23 record (.747 winning percentage) and the 1967 Missouri Valley Conference title.
A heart attack during the 1970-71 season forced Dromo to retire. His assistant, Howard Stacey, was named interim head coach for the final 20 games of the season.
Denny Crum was hired as head coach from his alma mater, UCLA, where he was the top assistant coach to John Wooden. It was under the guidance of Crum that Louisville became a college basketball power. In his first season, he guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four, becoming the first coach ever to go to a Final Four in his first season as a head coach. Overall, Crum had six Final Fours with the Louisville Cardinals (1972, 1975, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986). He is fifth all-time in Final Four appearances.
The Cardinals won the 1980 NCAA Tournament championship by defeating UCLA 59-54. Six years later, Louisville would overcome Duke 72-69 for a second title. Crum is one of only 11 coaches to win two or more national championships. He was named National Coach of the Year in 1980, 1983 and 1986.
He took the Cardinals to 23 NCAA tournaments, where they had an overall record of 43-21. While in the Metro Conference, the Cardinals won 12 regular season titles and 11 tournament championships. In its 19 years of naming a champion, the Metro had Louisville as first or second place 17 times. In 1993, Crum became the second fastest coach to reach 500 wins.
Crum was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 1994. He retired in 2001 with a career record of 675-295 (.696 winning percentage) over 30 seasons. He was a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 2006.
Team captains Peyton Siva and Luke Hancock led the Cardinals to their first National Championship since 1986. The Cardinals overcame one of the tougher routes to Atlanta, having to face a very tough Duke and Wichita State teams, only to win and advance to play Michigan in the National Championship. The cardinals overcame an early deficit to Michigan by the clutch shooting of Hancock and went on to win the game for the program's third national title.
The Cardinals also won back-to-back championships in the Big East's final season as a conference, an achievement few teams in the conference had.
Pitino has guided the Cardinals to the NCAA Tournament in 12 of 15 seasons, reaching the Elite Eight six times and the Final Four three times (2005, 2012, and 2013). His teams have won six conference tournament championships and four regular season titles. The Cardinals have won at least 20 games every season since Pitino's first season at Louisville. Through the 2015-16 season, Pitino had amassed a record of 391-134 (.745) during his time at Louisville.
The University of Louisville self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season amid an ongoing NCAA investigation over an escort sex scandal involving recruits between 2010 and 2014. The ban included both the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament.
On June 15, 2017, the NCAA charged Rick Pitino for failure to monitor his basketball program who was involved in a sex-for-pay scandal. He was suspended for the first five games of the ACC season in 2017-18. The NCAA is also on the verge of possibly making Louisville the first team in NCAA history vacate their 2013 NCAA National Championship over Michigan and possible vacating wins from the 2013 NCAA tournament and wins from the 2013 season and possible years before and after.
On September 26, 2017 federal prosecutors in New York announced that the school was under investigation for an alleged "pay for play" scheme involving recruits at Louisville. The allegations state that an Adidas executive conspired to pay $100,000 to the family of a top-ranked national recruit to play at Louisville and to represent Adidas when he turned pro. The criminal complaint does not name Louisville specifically but appears to involve the recruitment of Brian Bowen, a late, surprise commit to the school. On September 27, 2017, Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich were placed on administrative leave.
As of the end of the 2015-16 season, Louisville had an all-time 1778-892 record in 102 seasons of intercollegiate basketball ranking 10th in all-time victories and seventh in all-time winning percentage among NCAA division I schools. From 1944 to 1990, Louisville had an NCAA-record 46 straight winning seasons, winning 20 or more games on 31 occasions during that period.
Louisville has made 41 NCAA Tournament appearances (5th all-time) and 14 NIT appearances. The Cardinals have reached the NCAA Tournament 32 of the last 40 years (12 of the last 15, 14 of the last 18 years, 20 of last 25). Since the NCAA began keeping Sweet Sixteen appearance records in 1975, Louisville's 21 Sweet Sixteens are 5th all-time behind North Carolina (26), Kentucky (25), Duke (24), and Kansas (22). The Cardinals have reached the Elite Eight on 14 occasions, including five of the past nine seasons. Louisville is sixth in tournament victories (75) with a 75-41 overall NCAA Tournament record, reaching the Final Four 10 times.
Louisville is the only school in the nation to have claimed the championship of three major national post-season tournaments including the 1948 NAIA championship, the 1956 NIT title and the 1980, 1986 and 2013 NCAA championships. When the Cardinals won the 2013 title, they became one of only eight programs to have ever won more than two NCAA championships.
|All-time NCAA Tournament titles||3||t-6th|
|All-time NCAA Tournaments||42||5th|
|All-time NCAA Tournament Wins||76||6th|
|All-time NCAA Final Fours||10||T-6th|
|All-time Winning Percentage||.667||7th|
|First Round||South Dakota State||63-60|
|Sweet Sixteen||Emporia State||82-66|
|Final Four||Saint Joseph's||89-79|
|Second Round||Kansas State||71-69 OT|
|Sweet Sixteen||Texas A&M||66-55 OT|
|Sweet Sixteen||North Carolina||94-79|
|Second Round||North Carolina A&T||79-48|
|Third Round||Colorado State||82-56|
|Final Four||Wichita State||72-68|
* - Overall number one seed. The committee began ranking 1 seeds in 2004.
The Cardinals have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 42 times. Their combined record is 76-43.
|1951||Sweet Sixteen||Kentucky||L 68-79|
National 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
|1964||First Round||Ohio||L 69-71 OT|
Regional 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
Regional 3rd Place Game
National 3rd Place Game
L 74-75 OT
W 96-88 OT
|1977||First Round||UCLA||L 79-87|
L 89-90 2OT
|#6 South Alabama
|#7 Kansas State
#6 Texas A&M
|W 71-69 OT
W 66-55 OT
|1981||#4||Second Round||#5 Arkansas||L 73-74|
|#11 Middle Tennessee
W 80-68 OT
|#12 Morehead State
#3 North Carolina
|#12 Oregon State
|#13 Arkansas-Little Rock
#12 Ball State
|#9 Wake Forest
#5 Oklahoma State
|#14 Boise State
|1995||#11||First Round||#6 Memphis||L 56-77|
#2 Wake Forest
|W 82-80 OT
#3 New Mexico
#1 North Carolina
|1999||#10||First Round||#10 Creighton||L 58-62|
|2000||#7||First Round||#10 Gonzaga||L 66-77|
|#13 Austin Peay
|2004||#10||First Round||#7 Xavier||L 70-80|
#5 Georgia Tech
#7 West Virginia
W 93-85 OT
#3 Texas A&M
|#14 Boise State
#1 North Carolina
|#16 Morehead State
#2 Michigan State
|2010||#9||First Round||#8 California||L 62-77|
|2011||#4||Second Round||#13 Morehead State||L 61-62|
#5 New Mexico
#1 Michigan State
|#16 North Carolina A&T
#8 Colorado State
#9 Wichita State
#5 Saint Louis
|#13 UC Irvine
#5 Northern Iowa
#8 NC State
#7 Michigan State
L 70-76 OT
|#15 Jacksonville State
The Cardinals have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 14 times. Their combined record is 14-14.
|1951||First Round||WKU||L 59-62|
|1954||First Round||St. Francis (NY)||L 55-60|
|1966||First Round||Boston College||L 90-96|
|1970||First Round||Oklahoma||L 73-74|
|1971||First Round||Providence||L 58-64|
3rd Place Game
The Cardinals have won 23 conference regular season championships.
Since the 2014-15 season they have played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Before that, they belonged to the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from the 1925-26 to 1947-48 seasons, the Ohio Valley Conference for the 1948-49 season, the Missouri Valley Conference from 1964-65 to 1974-75, the Metro Conference from 1975-76 to 1994-95, Conference USA from 1995-96 to 2004-05, the Big East Conference from 2005-06 to 2012-13, and the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
They played as an independent school from 1911-12 to 1924-25 and from 1949-50 to 1963-64 (29 total seasons).
The Cardinal have won 19 conference tournament championships.
|1916-17||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||--||--||--|
|1921-22||John T. O'Rouke||1-13||--||--||--|
|1922-23||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||--||--||--|
|Fred Enke (KIAC & SIAA) (1923-1925)|
|Tom King (KIAC& SIAA) (1925-1930)|
|1925-26||Tom King||4-8||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1926-27||Tom King||7-5||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1927-28||Tom King||12-4||--||--||KIAC Tournament Champion|
|1928-29||Tom King||12-8||--||--||KIAC Tournament Champion|
|1929-30||Tom King||9-6||--||--||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|Edward Weber (KIAC & SIAA) (1930-1932)|
|1930-31||Edward Weber||5-11||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1931-32||Edward Weber||15-7||--||--||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|C.V. Money (KIAC & SIAA) (1932-1936)|
|1932-33||C.V. Money||11-11||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1933-34||C.V. Money||16-9||--||--||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|1934-35||C.V. Money||5-9||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1935-36||C.V. Money||14-11||--||--||KIAC and SIAA Tournament Participant|
|Lawrence Apitz (KIAC & SIAA) (1936-1940)|
|1936-37||Lawrence Apitz||4-8||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1937-38||Lawrence Apitz||4-11||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1938-39||Lawrence Apitz||1-15||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1939-40||Lawrence Apitz||1-18||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|John C. Heldman, Jr. (KIAC & SIAA) (1940-1942)|
|1940-41||John C. Heldman, Jr.||2-14||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1941-42||John C. Heldman, Jr.||7-10||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|John C. Heldman, Jr.:||9-24|
|No Team (World War II) (1942-1943)|
|1942-43||No Formal Team||Season cancelled||--||--||--|
|Harold Church and Walter Casey (KIAC) (1943-1944)|
|1943-44||Harold Church and
|Harold Church and Walter Casey:||10-10|
|Bernard Hickman (KIAC) (1944-1948)|
|1945-46||Bernard Hickman||22-6||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1946-47||Bernard Hickman||17-6||--||--||KIAC Tournament Participant|
|1947-48||Bernard Hickman||29-6||--||--||NAIB Champion|
|Bernard Hickman (Ohio Valley Conference) (1948-1949)|
|Bernard Hickman (Independent) (1949-1964)|
|1950-51||Bernard Hickman||19-7||--||--||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1955-56||Bernard Hickman||26-3||--||--||NIT Champion|
|1958-59||Bernard Hickman||19-12||--||--||NCAA Final Four|
|1960-61||Bernard Hickman||21-8||--||--||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1963-64||Bernard Hickman||15-10||--||--||NCAA First Round|
|Bernard Hickman (Missouri Valley Conference) (1964-1967)|
|1966-67||Bernard Hickman||23-5||12-2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|John Dromo - Missouri Valley Conference (1967-1971)|
|1967-68||John Dromo||21-7||14-2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1970-71||John Dromo and
|Denny Crum - Missouri Valley Conference (1971-1975)|
|1971-72||Denny Crum||26-5||12-2||T-1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1973-74||Denny Crum||21-7||11-1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1974-75||Denny Crum||28-3||12-2||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|Denny Crum - Metro Conference (1975-1996)|
|1976-77||Denny Crum||21-7||6-1||1st||NCAA First Round|
|1977-78||Denny Crum||23-7||9-3||2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1978-79||Denny Crum||24-8||9-1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1979-80||Denny Crum||33-3||12-0||1st||NCAA Champion|
|1980-81||Denny Crum||21-9||11-1||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1981-82||Denny Crum||23-10||8-4||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|1982-83||Denny Crum||32-4||12-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1983-84||Denny Crum||24-11||11-3||T-1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1985-86||Denny Crum||32-7||10-2||1st||NCAA Champion|
|1987-88||Denny Crum||24-11||9-3||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1988-89||Denny Crum||24-9||8-4||T-2nd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1989-90||Denny Crum||27-8||12-2||1st||NCAA Second Round|
|1991-92||Denny Crum||19-11||7-5||T-2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1992-93||Denny Crum||22-9||11-1||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1993-94||Denny Crum||28-6||10-2||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1994-95||Denny Crum||19-14||7-5||T-2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Denny Crum - Conference USA (1996-2001)|
|1995-96||Denny Crum||22-12||10-4||T-3rd||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|1996-97||Denny Crum||26-9||9-5||T-5th||NCAA Elite Eight|
|1997-98||Denny Crum||12-20||5-11||5th (American Division)||--|
|1998-99||Denny Crum||19-11||11-5||2nd (American)||NCAA First Round|
|1999-00||Denny Crum||19-12||10-6||2nd (American)||NCAA First Round|
|2000-01||Denny Crum||12-19||8-8||T-5 (American)||--|
|Rick Pitino - Conference USA (2001-2005)|
|2001-02||Rick Pitino||19-13||8-8||5th (American)||NIT|
|2002-03||Rick Pitino||25-7||11-5||2nd (American)||NCAA Second Round|
|2003-04||Rick Pitino||20-10||9-7||T-6th||NCAA First Round|
|2004-05||Rick Pitino||33-5||14-2||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|Rick Pitino - Big East (2005-2013)|
|2006-07||Rick Pitino||24-10||12-4||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2007-08||Rick Pitino||27-9||14-4||2nd||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2008-09||Rick Pitino||31-6||16-2||1st||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2009-10||Rick Pitino||20-13||11-7||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2010-11||Rick Pitino||25-10||12-6||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2011-12||Rick Pitino||30-10||10-8||7th||NCAA Final Four|
|2012-13||Rick Pitino||35-5||14-4||1st||NCAA Champion|
|Rick Pitino - American Athletic Conference (2013-2014)|
|2013-14||Rick Pitino||31-6||16-3||T-1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Rick Pitino - Atlantic Coast Conference (2014-present)|
|2014-15||Rick Pitino||27-9||12-6||4th||NCAA Elite Eight|
|2015-16||Rick Pitino||23-8||12-6||4th||Self-imposed post-season ban due to pending NCAA investigation|
|2016-17||Rick Pitino||25-9||12-6||2nd||NCAA Round of 32|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
KIAC - Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
SIAA - Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
NAIB - National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball
NAIA - National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics was NAIB until 1952 when they picked up other sports.
NIT - National Invitation Tournament
NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association
Louisville basketball has honored four former players by retiring their numbers. These are the last players to wear these numbers for a Louisville men's squad:
Louisville has three representatives in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: Cardinal All-American and former Washington Bullets All-Star Wes Unseld, who was inducted in 1988, former coach Denny Crum, who was inducted in 1994, and coach Rick Pitino, who was inducted in 2013. Darrell Griffith, a national player of the year and consensus All-American at the University of Louisville, is part of the 2014 induction class for the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
Louisville has honored the jerseys of 20 former players. Their numbers remain active.
|+||Co-Players of the Year|
|Player (X)||Denotes the number of times the player has been
awarded the Player of the Year award at that point
k; color:white"| Player
|Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year|
|1973-74||Bridgeman, JuniorJunior Bridgeman||Small forward||Junior|
|1974-75||Bridgeman, JuniorJunior Bridgeman (2)||Small forward||Senior|
|Metro Conference Player of the Year|
|1977-78+||Wilson, RickRick Wilson||Shooting guard/Point guard||Senior|
|1979-80||Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1980-81+||Smith, DerekDerek Smith||Shooting guard||Junior|
|1982-83||McCray, RodneyRodney McCray||Small forward||Senior|
|1986-87||Crook, HerbertHerbert Crook||Small forward/Shooting guard||Junior|
|1987-88+||Ellison, PervisPervis Ellison||Center||Junior|
|1992-93||Rozier, CliffordClifford Rozier||Center||Sophomore|
|1993-94||Rozier, CliffordClifford Rozier (2)||Center||Junior|
|Metro Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player|
|1978||Rick Wilson||Shooting guard/Point guard||Senior|
|1980||Darrell Griffith||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1981||Rodney McCray||Small forward||Sophomore|
|1983||Rodney McCray(2)||Small forward||Senior|
|1988||Herbert Crook||Small forward||Senior|
|1990||LaBradford Smith||Shooting guard||Junior|
|1991||LaBradford Smith(2)||Shooting guard||Senior|
|1993||Dwayne Morton||Small forward||Sophomore|
|1995||DeJuan Wheat||Point guard||Sophomore|
|Conference USA Tournament Most Outstanding Player|
|2003||Luke Whitehead||Small forward||Junior|
|2005||Taquan Dean||Shooting guard/Point guard||Junior|
|Big East Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player|
|2012||Peyton Siva||Point guard||Junior|
|2013||Peyton Siva||Point guard||Senior|
|American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player|
|2014||Russ Smith||Shooting guard/Point guard||Senior|
This section needs to be updated.(January 2017)
The Cardinals have had 64 players taken in the NBA Draft, the most recent being Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell, who were chosen in the 2015 NBA Draft. 28 former Cardinal players are playing professional basketball, with three of those (Gorgui Dieng, Harrell, and Rozier) currently playing in the NBA.
|Derrick Caracter||Liga Nacional de Básquet||Atletico Echague Parana|
|Earl Clark||NBA||Brooklyn Nets|
|Damion Dantzler||Korisliiga||Tampereen Pyrintö|
|Kendall Dartez||LNB Pro A||Chorale Roanne|
|Taquan Dean||Lega Basket Serie A||S.S. Felice Scandone|
|Nouha Diakite||LNB Pro A||ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne|
|Gorgui Dieng||NBA||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|Reece Gaines||LNB Pro A||JA Vichy|
|Otis George||Korean Basketball League||Daegu Orions|
|Montrezl Harrell||NBA||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Terence Jennings||Basketball League Belgium||Liège Basket|
|Preston Knowles||NBA Development League||Springfield Armor|
|Kyle Kuric||Liga ACB||CB Gran Canaria|
|Alhaji Mohammed||Liga ACB||CB Valladolid|
|Dwayne Morton||Bulgarian A1 First||Balkan Botevgrad|
|Joseph N'Sima||Nationale 1 (3rd Level), France||USA Toulouges|
|Larry O'Bannon||Israeli Basketball Super League||Hapoel Eilat|
|Jason Osborne||Liga Nacional de Básquetbol||Peñarol Mar del Plata|
|Juan Palacios||LKL||Lietuvos rytas|
|Tick Rogers||Israel National League||Hapoel Be'er Sheva|
|Terry Rozier||NBA||Boston Celtics|
|Samardo Samuels||Liga ACB||FC Barcelona|
|Peyton Siva||Bundesliga||Alba Berlin|
|Chris Smith||Kosovo Basketball Superleague||KB Peja|
|Jerry Smith||Lega Basket Serie A||Pallacanestro Cantù|
|Russ Smith||CBA||Fujian Sturgeons|
|Édgar Sosa||Lega Basket Serie A||Dinamo Sassari|
* - player has been drafted by the listed team but has not yet played professionally.
Several other former players have played in the NBA, including:
Since the 2010-11 season the Cardinals have played their home games at the KFC Yum! Center located along the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. As of February 7, 2017 , Louisville has a 114-14 record (.891) in 6 seasons in the KFC Yum! Center.[not in citation given]
The facility has a seating capacity of 22,090 with 71 suites and 62 loge boxes. It is the third-largest in the nation (behind only Syracuse's Carrier Dome, and Rupp Arena). Louisville ranked among the top 3 in attendance in the first three seasons at the KFC Yum! Center. The attendance record of 22,815 was set on March 9, 2013 against #24 Notre Dame.
The playing surface at the KFC Yum! Center is named Denny Crum Court in honor of Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum. The University of Louisville first renamed its home court after Crum in January 2007.
Since the opening of the KFC Yum Center, the University of Louisville has become the most valuable college basketball team in the nation. In 2012 the Cardinals were worth $36.1 million, up nearly 40% from two years earlier, before the Yum Center opened.
From 1956 to the completion of the KFC Yum! Center in 2010, the Cardinals played their home games at Freedom Hall. Louisville had a 664-136 record in 54 seasons in Freedom Hall (.83 winning percentage). Freedom Hall has been the site of six NCAA Final Fours, four additional NCAA events and 10 conference tournaments. ESPN College Basketball magazine once named Freedom Hall as the nation's "Best Playing Floor."
Louisville ranked among the top 10 nationally in average home attendance at Freedom Hall for 31 years, including the last 28 in the nation's top five (19,397 in '09-10, third in the nation). In 2010, a new Freedom Hall attendance record was set when 20,135 fans witnessed the Cardinals defeat the #1 ranked Syracuse Orange in the final University of Louisville game in the arena.
Jefferson County Armory was the primary home of Louisville Cardinals basketball starting in 1945 when Bernard "Peck" Hickman was head coach until the 1957-58 season, when Freedom Hall became their primary home game site. The Cardinals played 10 of their home games in the Jefferson County Armory in 1956-57 and three games in Freedom Hall. Louisville played one game at the armory in 1958-59.In the 1960s the armory was renamed the Louisville Convention Center. The Cardinals played two games at the Convention Center in 1963-64 and three games in the Convention Center in 1964-65. The last game the Cardinals played there was November 30, 1972. Louisville was 153-23 all time at the Jefferson County Armory which is now named the Louisville Gardens.
After playing home games at numerous venues in its early years, the Cardinals moved to the newly constructed Belknap Gymnasium in 1931. The gym housed 600 bleacher seats and the baskets were mounted directly to the wall. Louisville compiled a 56-35 (.615 winning percentage) before moving to the Jefferson County Armory. The gym was razed in 1993 to make way for Lutz Hall.
Since 2007 the Cardinals have practiced at the $15.2 million, 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) Yum! Center on campus. The Yum! Center houses the teams basketball offices, practice facilities, film room and training areas.
A former Louisville player, and then Director of Basketball Operations, Andre McGee, arranged and paid for strippers and prostitutes to perform striptease dances and sexual acts for 17 prospective and former basketball players from 2010-2014. On October 3, 2015, the book publisher IBJ Custom Publishing released a book entitled "Breaking Cardinal Rules." Based on revelations provided by the local self-described escort, Katina Powell, the book detailed striptease dances and acts of prostitution that Powell and McGee arranged and organized in Minardi Hall over approximately a four-year period.
During the investigation of the allegations, the university self-imposed a ban on the 2016 NCAA Tournament. In June 2016, the NCAA announced that the university would lose four basketball scholarships over the course of four seasons, but there would be no further postseason ban. The NCAA suspended head coach Rick Pitino for five ACC games during the 2017-18 season. The NCAA also ordered the university to vacate all wins from 2011-2014 that include ineligible players.
As a result of a corruption scandal implicating various schools including Louisville, on September 27, 2017, Louisville placed head coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave and athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave. Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich would then be fired with cause by the University, David Padgett would be selected to replace Rick Pitino as the Interim Head Coach of the mens team, and Vince Tyra would be selected as Interim Athletic Director.