Louisville basketball has a return date set

Josh Nickelberry #20 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Josh Nickelberry #20 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Louisville basketball program announced Monday afternoon when their next game would take place.

At long last there are answers regarding Louisville basketball‘s next game date.

The Cardinals will finally be back in action against an opponent that was originally on the non-conference schedule before the game was forced to be postponed.


When the Cardinals return, it will have been 18 days since the Cards last played in a game when they won 75-54 on Dec. 1 against Western Kentucky.

On Sunday, it was announced that the Cardinals’ game scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16 against NC State was being postponed following “positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Louisville men’s basketball team.”

Interestingly enough, Louisville was able to schedule a game just three days after that date despite the postponement.

The Cardinals will draw Wisconsin who is ranked as the No. 12 team in the country as of now.

This was originally set to be a game as part of the Big Ten-ACC challenge on Dec. 9, but that game was postponed due to the Louisville basketball program being on pause from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10.

This will be a tough return to action for the Cardinals as they will be facing off against one of the Big Ten’s best teams after an 18 day lay-off from games and a week-long break from practice at the beginning of the month.

Wisconsin is a veteran-laden squad that is uniquely led by two big men in Micah Potter and Nate Reuvers at 6’10” and 6’11” respectively.

The Cardinals do not match up very well with the Badgers on paper as they are still navigating the early season without star forward Malik Williams. Jae’Lyn Withers has been the tallest starter on the floor for Louisville at 6’8″ so it is easy to imagine Potter and Reuvers causing issues in this game.

Keep an eye out for a possible return of Sam Williamson and Josh Nickelberry in this game. The 18 day break should definitely allow Williamson to return to game action after a dislocated toe with the possibility of Nickelberry as well. He had been dealing with complications from arthroscopic surgery.

Stay tuned to bigredlouie.com for more on the matchup as the week unfolds.

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