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CRAWFORD BLOG | Ten things you may not know about Louisville basketball

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The following was left as a gift for fans attending the University of Louisville's annual Tip-Off Luncheon today in the Marriott Downtown.

It was compiled by the University of Louisville -- but when I Tweeted a photo of it I had enough people ask what the 10 things were that I'll reprint them here.

1. Louisville's 96 victories over the last three years are the most wins in the nation in that stretch.

2. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories amassed by Louisville's 2012-13 NCAA Championship team (30 in 2011-12, 31 in 2013-14).

3. Last season, Louisville reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the 20th time in school history, tied for the fourth-most in the nation. Louisville, Michigan State and Florida (last four) are the only schools that have reached each of the last three Sweet 16s.

4. Louisville coach Rick Pitino enters this season just five victories short of 700 collegiate coaching wins. He is one of five active collegiate coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame, four of which are in the ACC.

5. The Cardinals' 2013-14 senior class was the winningest in U of L history, winning a combined 121 games over the last four years.

6. Louisville's defense has led to the Cards becoming the only team to rank among the top 10 in steals over the last three years. U of L led the nation in turnover margin (+6.7) and scoring margin (+19.9) last season.

7. Louisville is one of just eight schools which have won 20 or more games in each of the last 12 seasons. Three others are in the ACC (Duke, Syracuse, Pittsburgh). The Cardinals have won at least 20 games in 41 of the past 45 years.

8. While also winning on the court, Louisville has earned its last four consecutive conference top team academic excellence awards. The Cardinals have a perfect Academic Progress Rate score for the most recent four year period (2009-13). The team posted a record 3.40 grade-point average collectively for the 2013-14 academic year.

9. Louisville has won its last 10 straight conference tournament games, claiming its last three conference tournament championships. Six of the last 14 NCAA Championships have been won by ACC schools, including the Cardinals' 2013 title.

10. While a member of the Big East, Louisville won more league games than any other school (95-45 record). The Cardinals won more road games than any other school over its last seven years in the Big East, and was a league-best 8-1 in the American Athletic Conference last year. Overall, U of L is 52-29 on the road in the last eight years.

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