In the 2022–23 collegiate basketball season, Kenny Payne and the Louisville Cardinals are still suffering the consequences of their defeats. The Louisville Cardinals’ basketball team lost against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at home on Tuesday night by a score of 61-60, failing once more to record their first victory of the year.
All three of Louisville’s basketball losses occurred at their home arena, the KFC Yum! Center, serving as a terrible reminder to the team of a forgotten run from more than 80 years earlier.
For the first time since Louisville’s losses to Kentucky Wesleyan, Evansville, and Transylvania in 1940–1941, the Cardinals have dropped all three of their opening home games of a season.
The three teams who defeated the Cardinals were all under 190 KenPom teams at the time of their games, which makes these defeats even more devastating for the basketball club at Louisville. Louisville’s season began with losses against the Wright State Raiders (N0. 231) and Bellarmine Knights (67-66 each) (No. 192). When Appalachian State humiliated Louisville, it was ranked only 205.
With those defeats to inferior competition, Louisville basketball has a very slim chance of earning an at-large bid to the 2023 National Tournament. Despite having plenty of opportunities to win against top opposition due to their schedule.
the Cardinals’ three early-season losses will be extremely difficult to overcome no matter how well the team performs the rest of the way. Next Monday against the Arkansas Razorbacks in a game played at a neutral venue, the Cardinals can pick up the pieces and record their first victory of the year.