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Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball Basics

  • Current Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

  • Current Division: NCAA Division I

  • Last NCAA Championship Title: 1986

  • Cheerleading Squad: University of Louisville Cheerleaders

  • Dance Squad: The University of Louisville Ladybirds

  • Band: The University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band

  • Mascot: Louie the Cardinal

  • Fan Chant: “Fight! U of L”

  • Team Colors: Black, Red, and Yellow

The Louisville Basketball Schedule

The Louisville Cardinals' schedule features a diverse array of opponents, including intraconference clashes, storied rivalries, and strategic showdowns with prominent national teams. These games span a variety of competitive scenarios, from high-intensity duels to high-scoring events.

Key Cardinals Competitors

  • University of Kentucky: This in-state rivalry, known as the Battle of the Bluegrass, is a true hardwood classic. Close proximity, contrasting styles, and passionate fan bases make meetings with the KU Wildcats highlights of every season.

  • Duke University: As a top-tier ACC competitor, Duke presents a formidable challenge to Louisville. Battles between the Cardinals and the Blue Devils often decide conference positioning and NCAA Tournament seeding.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: The Tar Heels are another significant ACC opponent. The contentious relationship between these squads began more than 100 years ago, and every encounter can determine conference standings.

  • University of Miami: The Hurricanes men’s basketball team rose from the ashes toward the end of the 21st century. As an ACC rival, this “young” team brings energetic and fast-paced games. Fans love the excitement, so this pairing is very popular!

  • Virginia Tech University: This is another young rivalry getting more heated by the game. There have been plenty of nail-biters, so expect a physical tug-of-war that isn’t finished until the final buzzer sounds. Sparks fly when these clubs collide.

KFC Yum! Center

The Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball team plays their home games at the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, not on the University of Louisville campus. Opened in 2010, it has a seating capacity of around 22,090. In addition to basketball, the popular venue hosts concerts, family shows, and other sporting events.


Nearby lots include: 

  • Yum! Center Parking Garage: 222 Witherspoon Street

  • Arena Parking Garage: 1 Arena Plaza

  • Witherspoon Parking Garage: 100 Witherspoon Street

Finding vacancies can be tough during events, but you won’t need to worry about that if you reserve parking when you buy your U of L basketball tickets at This service simplifies your arrival so you can concentrate on getting into the venue, finding your seats, and watching a spectacular game!

Alternative Transportation

The TARC public transit system offers routes that service the downtown area, including stops near the arena. Additionally, campus shuttle services are available for students and faculty, providing a convenient and cost-effective way to travel to and from games. 

Notable Cardinals Basketball Players

This list highlights the most successful players from the Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball program, all of whom made significant strides in the NBA.

  • Wes Unseld (1965–1968): A powerful center, Unseld was drafted by the Baltimore Bullets (now Washington Wizards) as the second overall pick in 1968. He was the 1969 Rookie of the Year in 1969 and led his team to an NBA Championship in 1978 while earning Finals MVP honors.

  • Darrell Griffith (1976–1980): Known as "Dr. Dunkenstein," Griffith was drafted 2nd overall by Utah in 1980. Named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1981, he played his entire 10-year NBA career with the Jazz.

  • Pervis Ellison (1985–1989): Nicknamed "Never Nervous Pervis," Ellison was the first overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He played with four teams during 11 seasons and was named the NBA Most Improved Player in 1992.

  • Francisco Garcia (2002–2005): Garcia, a versatile player, was drafted 23rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2005. Over his 10-year NBA career, he became known for his defensive skills and three-point shooting.

  • Donovan Mitchell (2015–2017): Mitchell was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 2017 but was immediately traded to the Utah Jazz. After earning NBA All-Rookie First Team honors, this All-Star has become known for his dynamic play and scoring prowess. 

Ready for Your Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball Game?

Attending a college matchup beats watching on a screen any day. When you’re in the stands, the game becomes a full-on experience. The anticipation, the adrenaline, and the camaraderie with fellow fans combine to create a live vibe that just can’t be replicated. Feel it for yourself—get those Louisville basketball tickets that have been tempting you, and head to the arena for an unforgettable event.