The University of Louisville has just completed the greatest three-year stretch in its men’s basketball history.
Louisville is the only school in the nation to win 30-plus games each of the past three seasons. The Cardinals have advanced to two Final Fours. In 2013, they claimed the NCAA championship.
Yet for many U of L backers, this period of unprecedented bounty is tinged with misery — because two of these three glorious Cardinals seasons have ended with NCAA Tournament defeats to Kentucky.
“I think it’s crazy, but for a lot of U of L fans, those two losses (to UK) have almost ruined three great years,” said Drew Deener, the former Lexington media personality who now hosts a morning radio sports talk show on Louisville’s WHBE-680 AM. “It’s silly if you think about it, but that’s how strong the emotions are around this rivalry.”