2001–02 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team
|2001–02 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball|
|2001–02 record||19-13 (8-8 C-USA)|
|Head coach||Rick Pitino|
|Home arena||Freedom Hall|
The 2001-02 Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team represented the University of Louisville in the 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, the 88th season of interleague play for the Cardinals. The head coach was Rick Pitino and the team finished the season with an overall record of 19-13. Their longest winning streak was an 8-game streak and the Cardinals never lost more than 3 games in a row.
This was Pitino's first season as Louisville's head coach. Pitino replaced Denny Crum at the end of the 2000-01 season. and he made his coaching debut for the Cardinals on October 31, 2001 in an exhibition match against EA Sports with an 81-63 victory.
September 11 attacks
EA Sports Exhibition
The Cardinals finished the regular season with a record of 17-11, including an 8-8 conference record an appearances in two tournaments. Their longest winning streak included an eight-game winning streak and their longest losing streak was a three-game losing streak.
Postseason and Tournaments
On March 12, the team starts the NIT Tournament by defeating Princeton 66-65, but were defeated by Temple 65-62 a week later, finishing the Cardinal's season with an overall record of 19-13. Their game against Princeton was won by a banked jumper by Reece Gaines with 5.3 seconds left in the game.
- "2001-2002 Louisville Cardinals Roster and Stats". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "2001-2002 Louisville Cardinals Schedule and Results". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Pitino Visits U of L Campus". Louisville Cardinals. March 14, 2001. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Pitino Working Again After Losing Brother-In-Law In Attacks". Louisville Cardinals. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Pitino Makes Louisville Coaching Debut". Louisville Cardinals. Retrieved January 21, 2014.
- "Late Jumper By Louisville Beats Princeton in N.I.T". New York Times Online. The New York Times. March 13, 2002. Retrieved February 4, 2014.