The Louisville Cardinals' schedule for 2015-16 is complete.
The schedule includes 21 home events and challenging games at Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke.
Here is a release from UL:
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Appearances in three special early season events, the Cardinals' second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, facing three of the 2015 NCAA Final Four teams, at least 17 games on national television and 21 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the 2015-16 University of Louisville men's basketball schedule.
Sixteen of the Cardinals' 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition last season, including 10 from the 2015 NCAA Tournament (NCAA Tournament: Duke twice, Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, North Florida, Michigan State, Virginia twice; NIT: Miami, Pittsburgh twice, St. Francis Brooklyn; CollegeInsiders.com Tournament: Grand Canyon; College Basketball Invitational: Eastern Michigan). Nineteen of the Cardinals' games will be played against teams that won at least 17 games last season.
"We realize that with almost a new team that we have our work cut out for us, but that's the excitement of this type of schedule," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino, whose team has played a schedule ranked among the top 16 toughest by the ratings percentage index (RPI) in seven of the last eight seasons. "We have to get ready early and we know from our summer trip what we need to work on. Our freshmen are going to have to develop early and we feel they have the ability to do so. We're very excited about our schedule and look forward to the challenge."
Including a pair of exhibition games against intrastate teams, 12 of the Cardinals' first 14 games will be played at home in the KFC Yum! Center, UofL's spectacular 22,000-seat home arena. The Cardinals will face their first outside competition in an exhibition game on Nov. 1 in the KFC Yum! Center against 2015 NCAA Division II Final Four participant Bellarmine, a team coached by former UofL assistant Scott Davenport. Kentucky Wesleyan will provide the opposition in UofL's second home exhibition game on Nov. 9.
UofL officially opens its season on Nov. 13 against Samford. The Bulldogs are coached by Louisville native Scott Padgett, who played for Pitino at Kentucky.
2015-16 Men's Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time/Result
11/1/2015 vs BELLARMINE LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/9/2015 vs KENTUCKY WESLEYAN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/13/2015 vs SAMFORD LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
BROOKLYN HOOPS HOLIDAY INVITATIONAL
11/17/2015 vs HARTFORD LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/21/2015 vs NORTH FLORIDA LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/24/2015 vs ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
11/28/2015 vs Saint Louis Brooklyn, N.Y. 8:00 PM ET
BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE
12/2/2015 at Michigan State East Lansing, Mich. 7:15 PM ET
12/5/2015 vs GRAND CANYON LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/12/2015 vs EASTERN MICHIGAN LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/16/2015 vs KENNESAW STATE LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
12/19/2015 vs WESTERN KENTUCKY LOUISVILLE, KY NOON ET
BILLY MINARDI CLASSIC
12/22/2015 vs MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
12/23/2015 vs UTAH VALLEY LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
12/26/2015 at Kentucky Lexington, KY NOON ET
1/3/2016 vs WAKE FOREST LOUISVILLE, KY 8:00 PM ET
1/7/2016 at NC State Raleigh, NC 7:00 PM ET
1/10/2016 at Clemson Clemson, S.C. TBA
1/14/2016 vs PITTSBURGH LOUISVILLE, KY 9:00 PM ET
1/20/2016 vs FLORIDA STATE LOUISVILLE, KY 9:00 PM ET
1/23/2016 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA 4:00 PM ET
1/27/2016 at Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA TBA
1/30/2016 vs VIRGINIA LOUISVILLE, KY 1:00 PM ET
2/1/2016 vs NORTH CAROLINA LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
2/6/2016 vs BOSTON COLLEGE LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
2/8/2016 at Duke Durham, N.C. 7:00 PM ET
2/13/2016 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 4 or 9 PM
2/17/2016 vs SYRACUSE LOUISVILLE, KY 7:00 PM ET
2/20/2016 vs DUKE LOUISVILLE, KY NOON ET
2/24/2016 at Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pa. TBA
2/27/2016 at Miami Coral Gables, Fla. TBA
3/1/2016 vs GEORGIA TECH LOUISVILLE, KY TBA
3/5/2016 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va. TBA
3/8/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/9/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/10/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/11/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
3/12/2016 vs TBD Washington, D.C. (Verizon Center) TBA
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