Day two of the tournament revolves around first-round action in the Yellow Region, headlined by top seed Charlie Tyra. A few fairly interesting matchups, including a battle of old and new Male High stars in No. 5 Wesley Cox and No. 12 Larry O'Bannon.
Just like yesterday, voting will close at 2 a.m.
1. Charlie Tyra (1953-1957)
Louisville's all-time leading rebounder, Charlie Tyra led U of L to its first NIT title in 1956, and was a consensus All-American in both the '55-'56 and '56-'57 seasons. He set the school record for rebounds in a game when he snatched a remarkable 39 against Canisius, and ranks first in made free-throws, second in career rebounding average, fourth in career scoring average, fifth in career scoring, and eighth in field goals made.
16. Jerry King (1966-1969)
A key part of Louisville's emergence in the lat 1960's, King's career scoring average of 14.4 ppg ranks 20th all-time at U of L. After four years with the Cardinals, he was drafted by Seattle in the 1969 NBA Draft.
8. Rick Wilson (1974-1978)
A product of Atherton High School, Rick Wilson was an All-American and the Metro Conference's Player of the Year in 1978. His 24 career NCAA Tournament steals is a Louisville record. An agile big man who could play just about any position on the floor, Wilson would go on to play two seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks.
9. Chuck Noble (1950-1954)
One of 19 Cardinals to have his jersey retired, Noble was a two-time captain at U of L who was a member of Louisville's first NCAA Tournament team. A prolific scorer known for his 40-foot one-handed set shot, he ranks 14th all-time in scoring average (15.1), and single-game scoring high of 36 points is seventh best in Louisville history. After helping the Cards to the postseason in each of his four seasons, Noble had a successful seven year stint in the NBA where he was an All Star in 1960.
4. LaBradford Smith (1987-1991)
Easily one of the most talented players to ever don the red and white, LA Smith is U of L's all-time leader in assists (713) and free-throw percentage (.866). His 32-point performance against Cincinnati in 1988 is still a freshman record. Smith is the seventh all-time leading scorer at Louisville, but is perhaps best known for scoring 37 points on Michael Jordan when he played for the Washington Bullets.
13. James Brewer (1988-1993)
One of the great pure shooters and sixth man in U of L history, James "Boo" Brewer ranks fifth in career three-point percentage and tenth in career made three-pointers. He held the record for made three-pointers in a game before Taquan Dean bested him by one when he drilled nine against VMI in 2003.
5. Wesley Cox (1973-1977)
Kentucky's Mr. Basketball in 1973, Male High's Wesley Cox earned All-American honors in 1977 when he averaged 16.5 ppg for the Cards. Louisville's 17th all-time leading scorer, Cox averaged 11 points and 6.9 rebounds as a sophomore on the '75 Final Four squad. He was inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
Wes is on here, I promise
12. Larry O'Bannon (2001-2005)
Another Male High product, O'Bannon exploded near the end of his senior season, a season that saw him lead U of L to the Final Four and be named the Most Valuable Player of the Albuquerque Regional in the process. His 576 points in 2005 ranks 16th on U of L's single season scoring list, and he ranks fifth in both three-pointers made in a season and three-pointers made in a career. On his own Senior Night in 2005, he set a Cardinal record by scoring 26 points in the first half against Charlotte. He's also quite dapper.
3. Rodney McCray (1979-1983)
One of only four U of L players to surpass both 1,000 career points and rebounds, McCray started as a freshman on the 1980 national championship team and was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. One of the most exciting players in Cardinal history, he was honored as the Metro Conference Player of the Year as a senior in 1983, and would go on to play ten seasons in the NBA.
14. Cornelius Holden (1988-1992)
The wedge between the Ellison/Spencer and Clifford Rozier eras, Holden was a load in the middle who ranks seventh in career field goal percentage and ninth in single season field goal percentage. His 14 for 14 performance against Southern Miss in 1990 was an NCAA record for three years before his successor, Rozier, west 15 for 15 against Eastern Kentucky.
6. Bud Olsen (1959-1962)
A member of the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame, Olsen's scoring average of 20.8 his senior season is the seventh highest in Louisville history, and his career rebounding average of 9.5 is tenth best. He scored 1,192 points in just three seasons, and led Louisville to the 1961 Regional Semifinals where they fell by a point to Ohio State. Olsen would go on to play seven seasons in the NBA.
11. Roger Burkman (1977-1981)
A prolific scorer in high school, Burkman reinvented himself at Louisville and ended up being dubbed with the nickname "Instant Defense," coined by the legendary Al McGuire. His aggressiveness off the bench as the sixth man on U of L's 1980 national championship team made him a fan favorite. He was inducted into the Indiana Basketball hall of Fame earlier this year.
7. Allen Murphy (1972-1975)
An All-American in 1975, Murphy helped Louisville reach the Final Four and was the team's top scorer in each of his three seasons. He reached double figures in a school-record 57 consecutive games, and his 16.4 career scoring average is ninth best in U of L history. A First-Team All-Conference performer in all three of his years as a Cardinal, Murphy is 20th on the school's all-time scoring list.
10. Jerry Eaves (1978-1982)
Though he wasn't the most talented player on the 1980 championship team, it was Eaves who made the decisive defensive stop on UCLA standout Kiki Vandeweghe to seal the win in the title game. A McDonald's All-American from Ballard High, Eaves averaged 9.7 points on 50.5-percent shooting from the floor in four seasons as a Cardinal. He earned All-Metro Conferece honors in 1981. Eaves is currently the head coach at North Carolina A&T.
2. Butch Beard (1966-1969)
One of only two U of L players to average 20 points or more in multiple seasons, Beard holds the record for points in a conference game with 41, and ranks second on Louisville's career scoring average list. He was a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, and was an All-American in 1969. Beard went on to play nine seasons in the NBA and coached the New Jersey Nets.
15. John Prudhoe (1953-1955)
Though he only played two seasons at Louisville, the 6-9 Prudhoe was a force in the middle, averaging a double-double in his first year as a Cardinal. He was drafted by the Rochester Royals in the 1955 NBA Draft.