1979–80 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team

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1979–80 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball
Louisville Cardinals text logo.svg
NCAA National Champions
NCAA Midwest Regional Champions
Metro Conference Champions
Metro Conference Tournament Champions
Conference Metro Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 4
AP No. 2
1979–80 record 33–3 (12–0 Metro)
Head coach Denny Crum
Assistant coach Bill Olsen
Assistant coach Wade Houston
Assistant coach Jerry Jones
Home arena Freedom Hall
Seasons

The 1979–80 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville during the 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, Louisville's 66th season of intercollegiate competition. The Cardinals competed in the Metro Conference and were coached by Denny Crum. The team played home games at Freedom Hall.

The team completed a 33-3 record and brought Louisville basketball their first NCAA National Championship when they defeated UCLA 59-54, led by Darrell Griffith and his 23 points.

Roster[edit]

1979–80 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 5 Eaves, JerryJerry Eaves 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Ballard Louisville, Kentucky
G 15 Deuser, GregGreg Deuser 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Floyd Central New Albany, Indiana
F 21 McCray, ScooterScooter McCray 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, New York
F/C 22 McCray, RodneyRodney McCray 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, New York
G 23 Branch, TonyTony Branch (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Elston Michigan City, Indiana
F 24 Cleveland, DarylDaryl Cleveland 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Thomas County Central Thomasville, Georgia
G 34 Burkman, RogerRoger Burkman 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Franklin Central Indianapolis, Indiana
G 35 Griffith, DarrellDarrell Griffith (C) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Louisville Male Louisville, Kentucky
C 40 Pulliam, MartyMarty Pulliam 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) So Mercer Country Senior Harrodsburg, Kentucky
C 41 Brown, WileyWiley Brown 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Worth County Sylvester, Georgia
F 43 Smith, DerekDerek Smith 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Hogansville Hogansville, Georgia
G/F 44 Wright, PonchoPoncho Wright 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Marshall Indianapolis, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
December 1*
No. 10 South Alabama W 75-73  1–0
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
December 5*
No. 14 Tennessee Chattanooga W 87-63  2-0
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
December 8*
No. 14 at Tennessee W 77-75  3–0
Stokely Athletic Center ([1])
Knoxville, Tennessee
December 13*
No. 12 UNC-Charlotte W 93-76  4–0
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
December 14*
No. 12 Western Kentucky W 96-74  5–0
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
December 19*
No. 11 No. 2 Ohio State W 75-65  6–0
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
December 22*
No. 11 at Utah L 69-71  6-1
Jon M. Huntsman Center ([1])
Salt Lake City
December 28*
No. 12 vs. Princeton
Hawaii Rainbow Classic
W 64-53  7-1
 ([1])
Honolulu, Hawaii
December 29*
No. 12 vs. Illinois
Hawaii Rainbow Classic
L 65-77  7-2
 ([1])
Honolulu, Hawaii
December 30*
No. 12 vs. Nebraska
Hawaii Rainbow Classic
W 65-58  8-2
 ([1])
Honalulu, Hawaii
January 3
No. 15 at Tulsa W 78-58  9-2
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
January 5
No. 15 Kansas St. W 85-73  10-2
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
January 8
No. 11 St. Louis W 94-65  11–2 (1–0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
January 12
No. 11 at Memphis St. W 69-48  12–2 (2-0)
Mid-South Coliseum ([1])
Memphis, Tennessee
January 19
No. 7 at Tulane W 76-59  13–2 (3-0)
Avron B. Fogelman Arena ([1])
New Orleans
January 22
No. 7 Marquette W 76-63  14–2 (3–0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
January 25
No. 7 at St. Louis W 99-74  15–2 (4–0)
Kiel Auditorium ([1])
St. Louis
January 27
No. 7 Florida St. W 79-73  16–2 (5-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
January 31
No. 7 Tulane W 64-60  17–2 (6-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
February 3
No. 7 at No. 9 St. John's W 76-71  18-2 (6–0)
Alumni Hall ([1])
Queens, New York
February 4
No. 7 Memphis St. W 88-60  19-2 (7-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
February 6
No. 3 Cincinnati W 88-73  20-2 (8-0)
Freedom Hall (10,001[1])
Louisville, Kentucky
February 9
No. 3 at Providence W 79-73  21-2 (8-0)
Providence Civic Center ([1])
Providence, Rhode Island
February 11
No. 3 at Virginia Tech W 56-54 OT 22-2 (9-0)
Cassell Coliseum ([1])
Blacksburg, Virginia
February 14
No. 3 at West Virginia W 90-78  23-2 (9-0)
WVU Coliseum ([1])
Morgantown, West Virginia
February 16
No. 3 at Cincinnati W 61-57  24-2 (10-0)
Riverfront Coliseum ([1])
Cincinnati, Ohio
February 18
No. 3 Virginia Tech W 77-72  25-2 (11-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
February 21
No. 2 vs. Iona L 60-77  25-3 (11-0)
Madison Square Garden ([1])
New York City
February 24
No. 2 at Florida St. W 83-75  26-3 (12-0)
 ([1])
Tallahassee, Florida
1980 Metro Conference Tournament
February 29
No. 4 Memphis St.
Metro Conference Tournament Semi-Final
W 84-65  27-3 (12-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
March 1
No. 4 Florida St.
Metro Conference Tournament Championship
W 81-72  28–3 (12-0)
Freedom Hall ([1])
Louisville, Kentucky
1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
March 8
No. 2 (MW2) vs. No. MW7 Kansas St.
Second Round
W 71-69 OT 29-3 (12-0)
 ([1])
Lincoln, Nebraska
March 14
No. 2 (MW2) vs. No. MW6 Texas A&M
Midwest Regional Semi-Final (Sweet Sixteen)
W 66-55 OT 30-3 (12-0)
 ([1])
Houston, Texas
March 16
No. 2 (MW2) vs. No. 3 (MW1) Louisiana St.
Midwest Regional Championship (Elite Eight)
W 86-66  31-3 (12-0)
 ([1])
Houston, Texas
March 22
No. 2 (MW2) vs. No. E5 Iowa
National Semifinal (Final Four)
W 80-72  32-3 (12-0)
Market Square Arena ([1])
Indianapolis
March 24*
No. 2 (MW2) vs. No. W8 UCLA
National Championship Game
W 59-54  33-3 (12-0)
Market Square Arena ([1])
Indianapolis
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

Midwest region[edit]

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                                     
8 Alcorn State 70  
9 South Alabama 62  
  8 Alcorn State 88  
    1 LSU 98  
     
       
  1 LSU 68  
  5 Missouri 63  
       
       
  4 Notre Dame 84*
    5 Missouri 87  
5 Missouri 61
12 San Jose State 51  
  1 LSU 66
  2 Louisville 86
6 Texas A&M 55  
11 Bradley 53  
  6 Texas A&M 78
    3 North Carolina 61**  
     
       
  6 Texas A&M 55*
  2 Louisville 66  
       
       
  2 Louisville 71
    7 Kansas State 69*  
7 Kansas State 71
10 Arkansas 53  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Finals
           
E5 Iowa 72
MW2 Louisville 80
MW2 Louisville 59
W8 UCLA 54
ME6 Purdue 62
W8 UCLA 67

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1980 1 2 Darrell Griffith Utah Jazz
1983 2 36 Scooter McCray Seattle SuperSonics
1983 1 3 Rodney McCray Houston Rockets
1982 2 35 Derek Smith Golden State Warriors

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Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Final
AP 10 14 12 11 12 15 11 7 7 7 3 3 2 4 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj "Louisville Basketball Media Guide". University of Louisville. 
  2. ^ "1980 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket and Results". Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "1980 NBA Draft on databaseBasketball.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-03. Retrieved 2012-02-27.