Louisville guard Mike Marra’s career likely over due to knee injury

Jojo Doria – 4E Sports Contributor

Louisville, KY, United States (4E Sports) – The Louisville Cardinals will have to mix it up in their backcourt rotation after senior guard Mike Marra reinjured his left knee in the early moments of a practice session Friday afternoon and is likely done for the season.

Marra will miss the 2012-13 season after re-tearing the ACL in his left knee, coach Rick Pitino said Friday.

“Mike was just pivoting, trying to make a pass early in practice and went down,” Pitino said via the team’s website. “It’s an unfortunate thing that happened in the game. Mike took it very well and said it just wasn’t meant to be.”

It was Marra’s first practice since tearing his ACL in the same knee last November against Lamar that sidelined him for all but two games during the Cardinals’ run to the Final Four last season.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound guard from Smithfield, R.I., was expected to provide another scoring threat from the outside for the 2011-12 Big East Champions Cardinals, who despite a number of injuries returned to the Final Four last year.

Marra was expected to take up some of the scoring chores from fellow senior guard Peyton Siva and junior Russ Smith. Siva and Smith are among the Cardinals top scorers returning from last season.

Marra had a solid campaign as a sophomore, averaging 6.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and two assists per game for the Cardinals. He converted 45 3-point goals as a sophomore in 2010-11, starting 11 games.

Marra, who came to Louisville from Northfield Mount Hermon School in Rhode Island, emerged in his freshman year when he buried four 3-pointers to help the Cardinals upset the then No. 2-rankeed team in the country, Syracuse.

Last year, Marra scored six points in each of Louisville’s first two tilts.

An MRI is scheduled for Saturday to determine the extent of the injury.

It may have ended Marra’s college basketball career, but he is not done with the Louisville basketball program as he had indicated plans on going into coaching.

“Mike wants to be a coach, and this allows him to pursue coaching a year ahead of schedule. We’ll miss him, but we want [to] have a deep basketball team,” said Pitino.

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