Louisville enters the 2013-14 season with a shiny bull's-eye on its back to match the color of the Cardinals' jerseys.
The bid for a repeat as NCAA and (technically) conference champions begins Nov. 9, when the Cardinals tip off against the College of Charleston.
The Cardinals are without Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng, who were drafted by the Detroit Pistons and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively.
The Cardinals have plenty of talent on their roster to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. However, players returning from 2012-13 will need to excel in their roles to boost Louisville to back-to-back championships.
There are nine players returning from Louisville’s emotional run to college basketball’s peak, and that experience will be necessary to assist the younger players as the long college-hoops season progresses.
Here are some of the vets that will need big seasons for the Cardinals.