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CRAWFORD BLOG | Six degrees of Kenny Klein: Connections to U of L for every NCAA Tourney school

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SEATTLE (WDRB) — Every year, University of Louisville sports information director (if you'd like to be technically correct, his official title is Hall of Fame-elect Senior Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations) Kenny Klein puts this together every year, but outside of some media members, I don't know who gets to see it.

So, in the oldest journalistic tradition of all, I'm going to steal it right here.

Klein takes all of the other teams in the NCAA Tournament field and finds a connection with U of L, or one of its coaches or players. It can't be a quick process.

At any rate, it's worth taking a look at if you follow the Cards, or are just killing time till their 4:10-or-so tipoff against UC Irvine in the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

What you'll see here is an alphabetical listing of tournament teams. In parentheses you'll find the overall series record, year of the last meeting, and record against that program in the NCAA Tournament. Then will come the connection.

Obviously, there are more connections to some schools than others. If you like this kind of thing, U of L has published its postseason media guide, including the following list, online, and you can download it by clicking here. 

The list:

Albany (0-0): Freshman guard Max Twyman played with future Cardinal Donovan Mitchell at Brewster Academy in 2013-14

Arizona (3-2, 2009, 1-1): U of L defeated Arizona 103-64 in 2009 in the Cardinals' highest-scoring NCAA Tournament game ever

Arkansas (4-3, 2009, 2-2): Louisville defeated Arkansas the last time the two teams met in the NCAA Tournament 93-84 in the Midwest 1989 2nd Round

Baylor (0-0): Both Louisville and Baylor have father-son head coaching connections at the collegiate level 

Belmont (0-0): Belmont's Taylor Barnette and UofL's Dillon Avare played high school basketball in Lexington, Ky. against each other

Boise State (2-0, 2009, 2-0): The Cardinals defeated Boise State 79-61 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament 

Butler (6-5, 2011, 0-1): Louisville opened up the KFC Yum! Center vs. then defending national champion Butler Bulldogs on Nov. 16, 2010

Buffalo (0-0): Rick Pitino coached vs. Duke when head coach Bobby Hurley played for the Blue Devils in the 1992 NCAA Regional

BYU (2-2, 2007, 1-0): BYU assistant Mark Pope played for UofL head coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky, helping UK to the 1996 national title

Cincinnati (56-43, 2013, 1-1): UC head coach Mick Cronin coached on Pitino's staff at U of L from 2001-03

Coastal Carolina (0-0): U of L's Anton Gill and Coastal's Aaron Law played high school basketball 15 minutes from each other in North Carolina

Davidson (2-0, 2012, 1-0): U of L defeated Davidson 69-62 in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament

Dayton (39-27, 2007, 1-0): Louisville defeated Dayton for the 1956 NIT national championship; Charlie Tyra was the tournament MVP

Duke (4-6, 2015, 2-0): Cardinals defeated the Blue Devils 72-69 in 1986 NCAA Championship game and in the 2013 NCAA Elite Eight

Eastern Washington (0-0): Like U of L, the Eagles defeated Indiana (88-86) this season

Georgetown (4-9, 2013, 0-1): Louisville fell 50-46 to Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA National Semifinal; formerly fellow members of the Big East

Georgia (1-1, 1999, 0-0): Georgia's Yante Maten and Jaylen Johnson were each named first-team all-state by the AP in the state of Michigan

Georgia State (0-0): Georgia State's Kevin Ware was a member of Louisville's 2013 NCAA National Championship team

Hampton (0-0): Hampton's Quinton Chievous and Wayne Blackshear played against each other while in high school

Gonzaga (0-1, 2000, 0-1): Zags knocked UofL out in the 2000 NCAA Tournament first round, final tourney game of Denny Crum's career

Harvard (0-0): U of L beat Duke in the 1986 NCAA Championship game; current HC Tommy Amaker was member of that team

Indiana (7-10, 2014, 0-1): Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson was a former assistant at Indiana from 2012-14

Iowa (2-2, 2004, 1-0): Louisville defeated Iowa in the 1980 NCAA national semifinal before winning the school's first NCAA title 

Iowa State (0-0): Louisville defeated Arkansas in the 1983 Mideast Region semifinal when Iowa assistant Doc Sadler was on the Razorbacks' staff

Kansas (6-6, 1993, 0-1): U of L broke KU's 24-game home winning streak with 85-78 victory in 1992

Kentucky (15-33, 2-3): Cards' head coach Rick Pitino spent eight seasons (205-50) at UK; won a national title in 1995-96

Lafayette (1-0, 2004, 0-0): Asst. John O'Connor was on the staff at Georgia Tech when the Cards defeated them in second round of the 2005 NCAA

LSU (8-1, 1996, 2-0): Cards defeated LSU 88-77 in the national semfinals in Dallas en route to the 1986 NCAA Championship

Manhattan (7-2, 2014, 1-1): Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello served as an assistant on U of L's staff from 2005-11 

Maryland (5-2, 2000, 1-0): Louisville defeated Maryland 96-82 in the 1975 NCAA Midwest Regional Final

Michigan State (5-3, 2012, 2-1): U of L beat Michigan State in the Sweet 16 in 2012 to reach the Elite Eight, ultimately advancing to the Final Four

Mississippi (1-2, 2008, 0-0): Head coach Andy Kennedy was coached by U of L radio analyst Bob Valvano's brother Jim at NC State his freshman year

New Mexico State (4-1, 2007, 0-0): New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies spent two seasons at Louisville as an assistant under Rick Pitino

North Carolina (4-10, 2015, 1-3): Tar Heels knocked the Cards' out in the 2008 Elite Eight with an 83-73 decision

N.C. State (8-8, 1988, 0-0): U of L radio analyst Bob Valvano is the brother of legendary Wolfpack coach Jim Valvano

North Dakota St. (0-0): Louisville has only played one school from the state of North Dakota (University of North Dakota: 1-0)

North Florida (0-0): Cardinals share a common opponent in Florida State, North Florida fell 81-59 to the Seminoles 

Northeastern (1-1, 2006, 0-0): Rick Pitino's son Richard Pitino was an assistant coach at Northeastern from 2005-06

Northern Iowa (1-0, 2012, 0-0): Like the Cardinals, UNI defeated Virginia Tech (73-54) this season

Notre Dame (20-13, 2015, 0-0): U of L's 33 matchups vs. Notre Dame has produced nine overtimes, the most between U of L and any other opponent

Ohio State (5-4, 2014, 0-1): Buckeyes defeated the Cardinals 56-55 in the 1961 Mideast Region Semifinal

Oklahoma (1-3, 2008, 1-1): U of L defeated Oklahoma, 78-48 in the 2008 NCAA East Region second round matchup in Birmingham, Ala.

Oklahoma State (3-1, 1993, 1-0): Cowboys' head coach Travis Ford played for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky from 1992-94

Oregon (2-2, 2013, 1-0): Russ Smith scored 31 against Oregon, and U of L beat the Ducks in the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16

Providence (12-6, 2013, 0-2): Head coach Rick Pitino guided Providence from 1985-87, taking the school to the 1987 Final Four

Purdue (5-11, 2007, 0-0): Senior Jon Octeus played for Colorado State in 2013 when U of L defeated the Rams in the NCAA second round

Robert Morris (1-0, 1977, 0-0): Chinanu Onuaku and Robert Morris' Marcquise Reed faced off three times as high school seniors in Maryland

San Diego State (0-0): SDSU's Steve Fisher's former Michigan team defeated Pitino's UK squad in the 1993 Final Four

SMU (8-2, 2014, 0-1): Head Coach Larry Brown was the coach at UCLA when U of L prevailed in the 1980 NCAA Championship game 

Stephen F. Austin (0-0): SFA's Clide Geffrard played against the Cardinals as a member of Samford during the 2012-13 season

St. John's (11-4, 2013, 1-0): SJU's Christian Jones and UofL's Mangok Mathiang played together at IMG Academy, compiling a 28-2 record that yr.

Texas (4-1, 1997, 1-0): U of L defeated Texas 78-63 in the 1997 NCAA East Regional Semifinal

Texas Southern (0-0): Louisville had a 2-1 record vs. Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis when he was the head coach at Indiana and UAB

UAB (12-4, 2008, 1-0): UAB‘s Jerod Hasse was an assistant on the UNC team that knocked the Cards out of the 2008 East Regional Final 83-73

UCLA (7-15, 1999, 1-3): Louisville defeated UCLA on March 24, 1980 for its first NCAA Championship

UC Irvine (0-0): Russell Turner was an assistant at Wake Forest when the Demon Deacons defeated the Cards in the 1996 Regional

Utah (2-3, 2001, 0-0): Phil Cullen, Utah's director of player development, played for the Utes from 1998-02, splitting two games vs. the Cards

Valparaiso (1-1, 1956, 0-0): Valpo assistant Roger Powell Jr. started for the Illini when they defeated the Cardinals in the 2005 Final Four

Villanova (10-9, 2013, 1-0): Head coach Jay Wright served as an assistant at UNLV when the Cardinals defeated them 90-86 on Feb. 14, 1993

Virginia (4-6, 2015, 0-0): Tony Bennett was an assistant coach and Montrezl Harrell played on the gold medal 2013 U19 World Championship team

VCU (10-5, 1989, 0-0): Louisville defeated VCU 90-78 in 1993 to win the Metro Conference Tournament title

West Virginia (9-4, 2012, 1-1): The Cardinals defeated the Mountaineers in overtime of the 2005 Albuquerque Regional Final

Wichita State (20-5, 2013, 1-0): Louisville beat Wichita State in the national semifinal game in 2013 and U of L went on to win its third NCAA title

Wisconsin (1-0, 1978, 0-0): Cards defeated Badgers 70-53 in 1978 Louisville Holiday Classic at Freedom Hall 

Wofford (0-0): Wofford assistant Darris Nichols played Louisville when he lettered at WVU (2005-08)

Wyoming (4-0, 1993, 0-0): Wyoming assistant coach Allen Edwards played for Louisville head coach Rick Pitino at Kentucky from 1995-97

Xavier (25-17, 2004, 0-1): U of L director of video operations Doug Davenport spent two seasons on Xavier's staff.
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