Louisville Cardinals All-Decade Basketball Team

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Louisville Cardinals All-Decade Basketball Team

The Gregorian Calendar says this shouldn't be done—not until next year—but pop culture disagrees, and that seems like a decent enough barometer when deciding the best time to assemble an All-Decade team for the Louisville Cardinals.

In case you forgot:

The 2000s started rough in Louisville as the Denny Crum era came to an inglorious end. Then, Athletics Director Tom Jurich brought in some guy named Rick Pitino, and with him the Cardinals lost their reputation as a 21st Century doormat.

Pitino immediately went with his signature pressure defense in his return to college basketball as well as the Commonwealth of Kentucky—and it took him just two seasons to get Louisville back to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals have missed the Big Dance only once since the 2003 season—in 2006—a year after Pitino's first Final Four appearance at Louisville.

To finish the 2008-2009 season, Pitino sent off would-be NBA Draft lottery picks Terrence Williams and Earl Clark in style. The Cardinals took the Big East Conference regular-season crown, won the Big East Tournament for the first time, and claimed the NCAA Tournament's overall No. 1 seed en route to a second straight Elite Eight appearance.

Now, for the list:

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