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U of L's 1980 NCAA Championship team to be honored Saturday, Jan. 17

U of L's 1980 NCAA Championship team to be honored Saturday, Jan. 17

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The uniforms are inspired by the 1980 and 1986 National Championships. The uniforms are inspired by the 1980 and 1986 National Championships.
The uniforms are a mix of design inspirations. The uniforms are a mix of design inspirations.
The dunking cardinal bird was popular during the 1980s. The dunking cardinal bird was popular during the 1980s.
The uniforms will be worn when the University of Louisville hosts Duke on Jan. 17, 2015, during their first season in the ACC. The uniforms will be worn when the University of Louisville hosts Duke on Jan. 17, 2015, during their first season in the ACC.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville plans to honor its 1980 NCAA Championship team on Saturday, Jan. 17 -- the 35th anniversary of their national title, according to a news release.

The event will take place at halftime during the Cardinals' game against Duke in the KFC Yum! Center.

"The 1979-80 Cardinals, who posted a 33-3 overall record, were guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum and led by national player of the year Darrell Griffith, who averaged 22.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists," the release states. "Four players who scored over 1,000 career points at U of L were members of that team, including Griffith (2,333 points, U of L's all-team leading scorer), the late Derek Smith (1,826), Jerry Eaves (1,250) and Rodney McCray (1,247)."

The current team will wear special adidas uniforms that feature a modern take on the jerseys worn during U of L's 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championship runs.

Each leg of the shorts showcases the Louisville "Dunking Bird" Cardinal logo that was prominent back then.

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