Cardinals' 1975 NCAA FInal Four Team to Be Honored

Cardinals' 1975 NCAA FInal Four Team to Be Honored

Credit: University of Louisville

Cardinals' 1975 NCAA FInal Four Team to Be Honored

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by Debbie Harbsmeier

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 2 at 3:59 PM

The University of Louisville's 1974-75 men's basketball team which reached the NCAA Final Four will be honored at halftime of the Cardinals' Feb. 6 game against Rutgers on the 35th anniversary of reaching the national semifinals.
 
 The third of eight U of L teams which have reached the Final Four, the 1974-75 Cardinals posted a 28-3 record, won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship and beat three top-15 ranked opponents to reach the national semifinals, including a 96-82 victory over fourth-ranked Maryland in the Midwest Region championship in Las Cruses, N.M.
 
 Led by senior All-Americas Junior Bridgeman and Allen Murphy,  the Cards fell 74-75 in overtime to top-ranked UCLA in a classic national semifinal game.   Murphy was the Cards' scoring leader for three straight seasons while scoring in double figures a school record 57 straight games, averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 points as a senior.  A two-time Missouri Valley Conference MVP, Bridgeman averaged 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior.  Louisville was ranked fourth in the final AP poll that season.
 
 The team will be available to sign autographs in the KEC South Wing following the game at  The Caper, a benefit for the Family and Children's Place which supports families and children affected by violence, abuse and neglect.
 

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