When the University of Louisville basketball team lost to Michigan last weekend in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals saw three seniors careers come to an end, including fifth-year senior Mangok Mathiang.
Mathiang along with David Levitch and Tony Hicks all left different marks on the program.
"It's tough because we wanted to keep winning and one of the reasons was for those guys," Donovan Mitchell said after the game. "They are such great guys and we're going to miss those seniors."
The 6-foot-10 Mathiang finished his career with a bang.
In the loss to Michigan, Mathiang had 13 points and four rebounds on 6 of 7 shooting in 13 minutes. He made 16 of his final 19 shots, spanning the final 10 games of his career, and had two double-doubles in his final five games.
"Like I have said, no regrets about my years of being a Cardinal," Mathiang said. "I've had a great time. I've had some tough moments but coach and my teammates always had my back. I feel like I showed a lot.
"This year coach gave me a chance to present my offensive game. Throughout my whole career of being here, I was a guy who was know as someone that didn't have a clue what I was doing offensively. I think I was able to show that I did."
Mathiang finished his career with 551 career points and 546 career rebounds and 147 blocked shots. He played in 113 games from the 2013-14 season until this season, including 43 starts.
He said he would not seek a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. He only played in 10 games as a junior because of his foot injury.
The 6-foot-3 Levitch ended up playing in 89 games for his career. A former walk-on, Levitch was elevated to a scholarship and played as a senior walk-on again. He started four games but only played two minutes in his final game.
As a senior, Levitch played in all but two games for the Cardinals. He finished his career with 141 points, 61 rebounds and 47 assists. He was 28 of 64 from three-point range during his time at U of L.
And the third member is Hicks, a graduate transfer from Penn.
Hicks played his best ball in the few games before he broke a bone in his hand and had to sit out for six games. He had 16 points against Florida State and 10 in the win over Pittsburgh when he suffered the injury.
He scored 86 points in his 23 games for U of L this season.
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