The transition period is complete.
In 2018, Louisville missed the NCAA Tournament. In 2019, the Cardinals returned to the NCAAs but bowed out with a lopsided loss in the first round. Now, heading into Year 2 under Chris Mack, Louisville is once again a preseason top-10 team and a legitimate contender in the ACC.
Credit Mack, who has pieced together a roster of the best players left from Rick Pitino’s final two recruiting classes, a prime graduate transfer and a top-15 class of his own.