Posted March 24, 2012 on
Louisville finished the West Region final against Florida with a 23-8 run, fueled by Russ Smith and Chane Behanan - and tremendous defense - to overcome the Gators 11 point advantage in the final ten minutes. takes a closer look at Louisville's big win.

Cards' win a special one for Pitino

As Rick Pitino stood on a podium celebrating Louisville's Final Four berth with his players on Saturday afternoon, the veteran coach put the accomplishment in perspective. "Outside of my six children, this is the happiest day of my life," Pitino told the crowd. It was quite a statement for the 59-year-old Pitino to make after his fourth-seeded team's 72-68 comeback...

Is this the Best Coaching Job of Rick Pitino’s Career?

Is this the Best Coaching Job of Rick Pitino’s Career?You probably heard about a thousand times during the broadcast of the Louisville/Michigan State game that Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino is undefeated in Sweet 16 games. After Louisville completely dismantled the one seed Spartans in their region, Pitino remains unblemished in the round of 16. The Cardinals move on to the...

Louisville continues to demand notice

When Gorgui Dieng arrived at Louisville in 2010, a year removed from his native Senegal, he informed Cardinals coach Rick Pitino that his goal was to play in the NBA. "Then I am going to drive you like you've never been driven," Pitino told his 6-foot-11 freshman center. "What do you mean, 'drive'?" asked Dieng, who, though he spoke four languages...

Old friends Pitino and Donovan put on the gloves

Several relationships will be put aside for a couple of hours when the University of Louisville and Florida get together in the NCAA Elite Eight basketball showdown Saturday at 4:40 p.m.Coach and player, dating back to 1987 when Rick Pitino was coaching Providence and Billy Donovan was quarterbacking the team at point guard. It was Pitino who gave Donovan the nickname of “Billy...

Louisville's Smith both helps, hurts Louisville

Louisville guard Russ Smith is the Cardinals' offensive catalyst who plays entirely by feel - often frustrating coach Rick Pitino. Yet, Pitino knows he can't win without his frenetic playmaker. The sophomore is averaging 13.3 points per game in the NCAA tournament and his play will be pivotal when Louisville faces Kentucky in Saturday's rematch at the Final Four in...

Louisville-Florida Notebook

Rick Pitino and Russ Smith discuss Louisville win over Florida in the West Regional finals Saturday to advance to the Final Four next weekend in New Orleans.

No. 17 Louisville 57, No. 5 Michigan St. 44

Chane Behanan scored 15 points and Gorgui Dieng anchored Louisville's stifling defense with seven blocked shots, helping the Cardinals knock off top-seeded Michigan State 57-44 Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals. Louisville (29-9) smothered the NCAA tournament's best-shooting team with its matchup zone, getting good pressure from its guards up top and some big...

Notebook: Strong talks physical practice

Louisville's football practice Saturday morning was very physical, and redshirt freshman running back Corvin Lamb was one of the top standouts. Charlie Strong broke down the action for following practice.

Video: Ohio State and Louisville Are Final Four Bound

Getting hot at the right time in sports is sometimes all that matters. If it’s in a game, or in a season, if teams get hot at the right time they can roll to victories and championships. The team that epitomized this thought this year is the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville has won their last 8 games, including the Big East title game and last night’s game against the Florida...

Florida Gators vs. Louisville Cardinals in Elite Eight

Lowest seed left, Florida, looking to upend Louisville.

Louisville - Michigan State Notebook

Rick Pitino, Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan discuss Louisville's 57-44 win over Michigan State Thursday night in the West Region semifinals in Phoenix.
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