LOUISVILLE, Ky. (University of Louisville) - The University of Louisville's 1986 NCAA Championship team will be recognized at halftime of the Cardinals' Feb. 12 game against Syracuse in the KFC Yum! Center on this silver anniversary year of the achievement. The current U of L team will wear retro uniforms for the Syracuse game in the style worn by the 1986 team.
A commemorative poster, sponsored by United Graphics, will be provided to fans in attendance at the game. Prior to the game, members of the team will be available for autographs in the Woodford Reserve Club (main concourse level overlooking the river) from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Following the game, the team will visit T.G.I. Friday's restaurant (415 S Fourth Street) in Fourth Street Live to sign autographs and mingle with U of L fans from 3:30-5 p.m.
The 1985-86 Cardinals, who posted a 32-7 overall record, were guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum and featured four starters that currently rank among the top 11 scorers all-time at U of L: Pervis Ellison (2,143 career points), Milt Wagner (1,836), Herbert Crook (1,723) and Billy Thompson (1,685). Starting guard Jeff Hall is also a career 1,000-point scorer (1,294). Louisville defeated Duke 72-69 in the title game and Ellison became the second freshman in NCAA history to be named the Most Outstanding Player after producing 25 points and 11 rebounds against the Blue Devils.