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The Louisville men’s basketball team has started their 2018-2019 season with a 3-2 record after dropping close games to #5 Tennessee and Marquette this past week. While it would’ve been nice to pick-up, at least, one win in the Cardinals two games in Brooklyn, we’ve seen too many positive things to not come away from the long Thanksgiving weekend encouraged. After all, it’s become clear Chris Mack has this team well-coached and back on the path to becoming nationally relevant.

Needless to say, with the Michigan State Spartans coming to the Yum Center on Tuesday night, the Chris Mack era in Louisville officially begins.

Naturally, the Spartans have started their season out hot, winning five of their first six games, with their only loss of the year coming against #1 Kansas. Even though Tom Izzo’s squad will be ranked inside the top ten come Tuesday night, this will be their first true road game of the year. Throw out the records, this match-up will surely live up to the hype of owning the primetime spot on ESPN.

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been this excited about a Louisville basketball game in quite some time. Even though the Cards battled a top-five team last week, this home matchup versus Michigan State truly does feel like the official “turning of the page” for a program who has battled sanctions and turmoil for the last few years.

Not to mention, after witnessing a 2-10 season from the football team, Cardinals fans everywhere are desperate for a win, especially after seeing Kentucky win the Governor’s Cup on Saturday. If you don’t think the Yum Center will be louder than ever on Tuesday night, think again.

Yes, this is Louisville’s sixth game of the season, but this is the first time Chris Mack will get to showcase his team, at home, on a national stage. If we’ve learned anything about coach Mack, it’s that he’ll have his team fired up and ready-to-roll. And as it turns out, this 2018-2019 squad actually looks like they’ll be pretty darn good.

If the Cards do find a way to upset the Spartans on Tuesday night, basketball fever will officially be back in the ‘Ville. Thank goodness.

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