Mar 23, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino signals fans after his team defeated the Colorado State Rams during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at Rupp Arena. Louisville defeated Colorado State 82-56. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Fans Show Their Support For The Cards in Rupp


Thousands of Louisville fans made their way to Lexington yesterday evening to watch the Cardinals take on Colorado Sate. There was a sea of red in blue Rupp Area. There was one section of green Ram’s shirts and the occasional person wearing UK blue, but Louisville fans dominated the arena.

The atmosphere inside Rupp rivaled Louisville’s own KFC Yum! Center at times during the game. The fans who were there really did their part to give the team a home court advantage in a rival arena. Since before tip-off, fans were involved and loud. Just like they should have been, and did not disappoint.

In the first half, it seemed like Russ Smith could virtually do no wrong and did not miss anything. Fans loved every minute of it. Every time the ball left Smith’s hands Card Nation was ready to explode in Rupp Arena.

The opening of the second half brought a run for the Cards powered by their defensive pressure. It sounded like the arena was going to explode on multiple occasions. The whole arena (minus maybe the Colorado State section) was on their feet, loving what they Cardinals were doing, both offensively and defensively.

Once the game was over, Rupp cleared out quite a bit. There was a wave of red flowing out of the building. Half time of the Butler Marquette game saw another wave of Louisville fans leaving.

Just a shout out to everyone who was in Lexington last night to cheer the Cards on to victory. The Card Army does not disappoint. Good work last night. Now on to the road to Indianapolis! See you in Indy!

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