Found March 25, 2012 on
Lenzelle Smith Jr
New York Knicks
Ohio State Buckeyes
- Rick Pitino just owns is former point guard Billy Donovan. In their head to head matchups Pitino is undefeated. Florida killed Louisville with threes in the 1st half but Pitino made a great coaching adjustment and the Gators did not make a three in the second half. Florida really choked this game away. Louisville finshed the game on an 18-3 run. The Cardinals played excellent defense and made the game winning plays.
- The Cardinals won this game because of two players Russ Smith and Chane Behanan. Behanan finished the game with 17 points and 7 rebounds. He shot 7 of 10 from the field. Behanan was clutch down the stretch he made the go ahead shot with about a minute left in the game. Behanan is averaging 14 points in the NCAA tournament well above his regular season average.
- Russ Smith came off the bench and had a huge game again. He finished the game with 19 points, and 5 rebounds. He finished the game 6 of 7 from the free throw l...
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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...
When Rick Pitino coached Billy Donovan at Providence, the two had an unspoken bond.
The Friars pressed after each of their made baskets during games and when they did Donovan, their star point guard, looked to Pitino every time to find out whether he and his teammates should employ their "White" or "Black" press.
When Providence called its high pick-and-roll...
Rick Pitino and John Calipari discussed Saturday's Final Four match up between Louisville and Kentucky Monday afternoon during the Final Four coaches teleconference. What did the two coaches say about preparing for the epic showdown in New Orleans? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.
Billy Donovan knew a bad idea when he heard one.
Put on this cowboy hat and these spurs and we'll take a picture of you, his coach told him. Maybe we'll even put it on the front of the team program.
Donovan says: ''I was not happy about doing that.''
Rick Pitino rarely steered him wrong, though. A quarter-century since that fateful photo, ''Billy...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Hated to do that to ya, kid.
Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four and his protege, Billy Donovan, and the Florida Gators wondering what the heck happened.
Chane Behanan made the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left Saturday...
After a couple of days of exhilaration and disbelief, reality is setting in.If one is honest, the odds of the University of Louisville winning another national championship are outweighed only by the odds UofL has already overcoming in reaching the Final Four.Louisville has had to continue grinding games out, plodding along with an consistent offense in which some players seem to...
Today is the day. At 4:30 this afternoon, the Louisville Cardinals face the #7 seeded Florida Gators for a spot in the 2012 Final Four. The Gators are coahced by Billy Donovan, who began his coaching career under Pitino as a graduate assistant at Kentucky in 1989-90 and was an assistant coach at Kentucky from 1990-94 before becoming head coach at Marshall. Donovan is 0-6 all time...
On Selection Sunday, Syracuse was seen as one of only a handful of teams with a legitimate shot of winning the college basketball national championship. After Saturday night, that list grew even smaller. Ohio State took the floor in Boston with just a tad more intensity and in the end, the Buckeyes were able to overcome the Fab Melo-less Orange en route to a 77-70 victory. The Buckeyes...
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...
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.
After Louisville's 58-49 loss at Syracuse earlier this month - a game that wasn't as close as the final score - a lot of folks, Cardinal fans included, were ready to write off the season, expecting another early March exit. Now, Rick Pitino's Cards are headed to the Final Four.
University of Louisville basketball was gone for a while but it’s back.Back in the Elite Eight, but with even higher, much higher, expectations. Rick Pitino said it himself after UofL’s 57-44 win over Michigan State, he’s looking forward to a reunion, a return to the Final Four. Much more than that, however, “We want to win a national championship.”Focused like a laser...
You might not have had this in your bracket, but Samardo Samuels had it in his. Louisville headed to Final Four after beating Bradley Beal and the Florida Gators on Saturday.
Recap from the AP via USA Today:
Rick Pitino nudged out Billy Donovan for a spot in the Final Four on Saturday when his Louisville team finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Florida in...
Oh. Hi Joan!
How goddamn annoying are those commercials where Greg Anthony tells us that it isn't March Monotony? Those ads are the worst. Speaking of ads, Mad Men came back last night. That's some excellent transitioning right there! Anyway, we're down to the Final Four so let's take a few minutes to talk about how we got there.
Out West - Rick Pitino...