Today, the Louisville Cardinals officially enter the ACC and we say goodbye to Maryland as the Terps seek greener grass on the other side of the fence.
For your information, here are a few facts about our newest ACC member.
Official website: Go Cards
Official Twitter: @GoCards
SB Nation Site: Card Chronicle
SB Nation Site Twitter: @CardChronicle
Basketball Facts and History
Home Arena: KFC Yum! Center(22,090 seating capacity for basketball)
All-time record: 1697-869(.661) in 99 seasons, 12th overall
NCAA Titles: Three(1980, 1986, 2013)
Head Coach: Rick Pitino - 696-246 overall, 335-116 at UL, two NCAA titles(1996, 2013)
UNC Record vs Louisville: 9-3, 3-1 in NCAA Tournament
UNC has dominated the series between these two teams and Rick Pitino who is 0-5 against the Tar Heels across his stints with Kentucky and Louisville. The last meeting between these two teams came last season in the Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic. The Heels pulled out a surprising 93-84 win over the Cardinals. The last meeting in the NCAA Tournament was in the 2008 East Regional Final in Charlotte. The Heels won 83-73.
One interesting note: These two teams have met four times in the NCAA Tournament. In three of those games the winner has gone onto the Final Four(UNC in 1997 and 2008, Louisville in 1986.) The one exception was 1972 when the two teams met in the Final Four.
These two teams will play twice in Louisville's first season in the league.
Football Facts and History
Football Stadium: Papa John's Cardinal Stadium(capacity 55,000)
All-time record: 478-441-17
BCS Bowls: Two(2006 Orange and 2012 Sugar)
Head Coach: Bobby Petrino - 83-40 overall, 41-9 at UL
UNC Record vs Louisville: 3-4
UNC's recent history against the Cardinals is a rather unpleasant one. During the first Bobby Petrino era at Louisville, the Tar Heels lost 34-0 in 2004 at home then got rolled 69-14 the following year at Louisville. Those 69 points are a record number given up by UNC in a game, a scant point ahead of the 68 Georgia Tech hung on the Heels in 2012. The last meeting was in 2012 at Louisville. UNC fell behind big early but rallied to make it a one score game before falling 39-34.
Because of the ACC scheduling format, UNC will not face Louisville in football until 2017.
So please join me in giving a warm welcome to our new friends from the state of Kentucky who are undoubtedly more reasonable and fun to be around than their counterparts in Lexington or the guys that just left.