To say the past six weeks have been tumultuous for Louisville basketball fans doesn’t do it justice.
The Cardinals, already appealing an NCAA ruling that would force the team to relinquish its 2013 national title and 2012 Final Four appearance, suddenly lost Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino and longtime athletics director Tom Jurich after allegations stemming from an FBI investigation into college basketball recruiting surfaced that adidas had funneled money to a Louisville recruit in exchange for a commitment to the school. Mere weeks before the season began, 32-year-old David Padgett was named interim coach. The recruit, 5-star forward Brian Bowen, has been ruled ineligible to return to Louisville.
Yet, after all of that, Louisville fans have continued to show up to the KFC Yum Center to support their team.
The ACC announced attendance rankings for every team in the conference on Wednesday, and Louisville was ranked second, behind only Syracuse, which plays in the 33,000-seat Carrier Dome. The Cardinals are ahead of defending national champion North Carolina, which is ranked third.
Louisville is the only ACC team to have had at least 17,000 fans attend each of the team’s first seven home games, though that streak was snapped Monday night against Bryant. The Cardinals season-high in attendance came Saturday, when more than 20,000 fans attended the team’s victory over Indiana.
On the floor this season, the Cardinals, still a talented group led by junior small forward Deng Adel, have performed like you might expect a team that underwent a surprise coaching change weeks before the season to perform. They have struggled to score at times, losing back-to-back games to ranked opponents Purdue and Seton Hall, and have fallen out of the rankings as a result. Currently, the Cardinals are 7-2, with non-conference tests against Memphis and Kentucky remaining prior to the start of ACC play.
Regardless of how the team fares this season, however, Louisville fans have demonstrated that they will keep showing up and supporting the Cardinals.
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