Pain lingers from Louisville’s early departure

Still hurts, doesn’t it? The early exit from the NCAA tournament for the University of Louisville basketball team.

A team that overachieved for much of the season, overcoming a lack of experience, persevering through the injuries, reinvigorating their veteran coach, reviving memories of great Louisville teams from the past.

Climbing to No. 11 in the national rankings near the end of the season, finishing third in the rugged Big East Conference, falling just short of defeating UConn a third time in the championship game of the Big East tournament.

Fan favorites. Coachable players, likable individuals, good listeners and eager learners. No questionable connections. They appealed to the best in all U of L fans, endearing themselves to even the most demanding.

Couldn’t have asked for a more fun way to christen a long-awaited arena, a great inaugural season for Louisville basketball’s new home.

The season ended way too soon.

Time will eventually alleviate the hurt and any collateral damage that may occur this weekend. Another Louisville basketball season will be here before we know it, and we will begin all over again. But this team, its achievements as well as its disappointments, will continue to provide motivation.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Pain lingers from Louisville’s early departure”

  1. It was worse knowing this team was better than anyone had predicted. My Cats fan co-worker was sure to let me know how hard her husband laughed when the Cardinals were beat in the 1st round. Obviously he lacks class as I never find myself wanting an in-state team to lose in tournament unless they are obviously playing the Cards. Just 3 short years ago the Cats didn’t even win their conference. History shows he who laughs, never laughs last.

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