Posted March 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Before the Big East tournament, Louisville coach Rick Pitino told his players they had a choice. Keep playing the same way and Louisville was all but guaranteed of making another first-weekend exit from the NCAA tournament, just as it had the past two years. Turn things around, and the Cardinals had a chance to do something special. ''He pretty much told us the ball is in our court,'' senior Chris Smith said. ''Everybody is healthy so we have no excuses. We can make our own dreams come true.'' The fourth-seeded Cardinals, who face top-seeded and in-state rival Kentucky on Saturday night for a spot in the NCAA title game, aren't the only ones enjoying a second act. Almost three years after an extortion case exposed the messy details of his private life and left his buttoned-down reputation in tatters, Pitino is on top of the coaching world again. Louisville is back in the Final Four for the first time since 2005 after what is undoubtedly one o...
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