Louisville Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals are on an epic run of misfortune and heartbreak.

The Cardinals lost again Tuesday night, 61-60 to Appalachian State, as guard El Ellis had his potential game-winner at the buzzer waved off.

Louisville struggled throughout the game before rallying. They trailed by as many as 16 at one point before making the final score respectable on their home court.

If that sounds like a familiar outcome, a one-point loss at home, it’s because it’s become a theme for these Cardinals. They lost their opener at home to Bellarmine by one point, then lost 73-72 to Wright State on their home court.

So Tuesday makes three straight, one-point losses at home to open the season, a seemingly impossible feat.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, it’s the first time Louisville has opened a season with three straight home losses since 1940-41, when they lost to Kentucky Wesleyan, Evansville, and Transylvania.

The fact all three losses have come by one point just makes it that much more painful.

Incredibly, the Cardinals also lost their final game last season by one point, falling to the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament, meaning that in its last four games, Louisville is 0-4 with a -4 point differential.

College basketball fans commiserated with the Cardinals players for their run of misfortune, but a number pointed the finger at Kenny Payne, a former Louisville star who is only three games into his college coaching career. One fan even posted a link to a Change.org petition to fire Payne.

Ironically, the last time Louisville started a season 0-3 was in 1986-87, Payne’s sophomore season.

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