Found March 23, 2012 on BeyondUSports:

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 Elite 8. If Louisville beats Florida in the regional finals on Saturday, could this be considered Rick Pitino’s best coaching job?

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If you look at the roster it’s hard to find anyone with real sizzle. When Rick Pitino won the national title with Kentucky, his team was stacked. He usually has at least one superstar when he has pre season expectations at Louisville. Coming into this season Louisville was a top ten team, despite the “experts” not considering them a serious national title contender. After wining the Big East Tournament it still didn’t seem Louisville was getting the respect. Now after beating Michigan State it may be time to start paying attention to the Cardinals.

If you look at the Michigan State game, and really all of Louisville’s games since the Big East Tournament, you are seeing a team that has complete trust in one another. Rick Pitino has molded an identity that is unselfish. They always make the extra pass, block out the free man and hustle after every loose ball. Every player knows their role. The credit goes to the players since they are executing the plan, but it’s Pitino’s leadership and ability to guide these young men that sets the tone. You may not be able to name anyone on this Louisville team, but you need to pay attention to them. These guys can play and after manhandling a Tom Izzo team like that, there’s no reason to think that Louisville can’t cut down the nets in New Orleans a week from Monday. Next up is the Florida Gators.

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