Louisville Cardinals 1979-1980

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  • Hardwood History

      Denny Crum's Louisville Cardinals entered the 1979-1980 season ranked in the Top 10 of the AP Poll.  Led by Darrell Griffith and Derek Smith the Cardinals finished the regular season 28-3, including a perfect 12-0 Metro Conference record. 

      Louisville was awarded a #2 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.  Wins over Kansas State and Texas A&M setup a showdown with #1 seed LSU.  U of L dominated the Tigers en-route to a 20 point win earning a trip to the Final Four.

      After defeating Iowa, 80-72, Louisville faced college basketball titan UCLA in the National Championship game.  Led by home grown talent Griffith's 23, Louisville prevailed 59-54 to give the school it's first National Championship!

      "It means more to me probably than the other guys just because I was from Louisville and seen how we came so close so many times and never able to get over the hump.  And to be able to get over the hump, it means a lot."

      -Darrell Griffith

      • Modern Standard-Length Fit - SIZE CHART 
      • Material: Double Ply 100% Pro Aero Mesh 
      • Hemmed Pocket at Both Sides
      • Elastic Waistband with Drawstring 
      • Sublimated Team Graphics 
      • Officially Licensed 
      • Made in China 
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