Louisville primed for bounce-back, hosts New Mexico State

Despite playing some of its basketball under second-year coach Kenny Payne, Louisville lost both games in the Empire Classic to Texas and Indiana. The Cardinals try to turn things around Sunday, when they host New Mexico State. The Cardinals (2-3) played with more intensity and passion, but losses to then-No. 19 Texas 81-80 and the Hoosiers 74-66 are just that, losses. “Indiana caught us a little off guard (with their zone defense),” Payne said. “We’re

No. 16 Kentucky feeling small as season opens vs. New Mexico State

A bulk of Kentucky’s roster are freshmen or transfers and the latest edition of John Calipari’s team features a pronounced lack of available height. Before heading into a neutral site showdown with No. 1 Kansas in the annual Champions Classic, No. 16 Kentucky gets two home games to measure its roster starting Monday when it hosts New Mexico State in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky went 22-12 last season and lost standout forward Oscar Tshiebwe along with