Louisville-Memphis To Continue Basketball Series In 2015-16

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Conference realignment forced the Louisville-Memphis series to come to a screeching halt once already in the past decade, but that won't be the case after U of L makes its move the ACC.

According to UM coach Josh Pastner, the Cards and Tigers will resume their rivalry beginning in 2015-16, when the two teams will play at the KFC Yum Center. The pair will meet in Memphis the season after that.

"Everyone talks about Duke-Carolina, I think Memphis-Louisville is as intense as any rival game of any sport in the country," Pastner said during Wednesday's AAC media day festivities. "I mean that. I just don't think it gets the credit it deserves nationally about how intense the two fan bases are because it's two of the best fan bases in the country. It's an electrifying scene."

The Cardinals and Tigers have played non-conference games in each of the past two seasons, with Louisville winning both. Before that, they had not met since 2005 when U of L left Conference USA for the Big East.

Only Cincinnati has faced Louisville more times on the hardwood than Memphis. The Cards and Tigers have squared off 87 times, with U of L owning a 53-34 advantage. They'll meet twice in AAC play this season.

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