Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 3/27/12

Kyle Kuric turned out to be the highlight of Rick Pitino’s press conference, looking for all the world like a happy-go-luck college kid as he entered the room, wearing his adidas Final Four cap backwards.

The University of Louisville senior managed to answer a couple of questions before Kenny Klein, the sports information director, may a quick motion with his hands, quietly suggesting to Kuric that it might be a good idea to remove the head gear.

Kenny Klein

“Huh?” he said, with a surprised look at Klein. Hand gesture again. ”Ah, okay.”

Kuric was asked the predictable questions about the upcoming match up with the Kentucky basketball team in the first game of the NCAA Final Four. He responded with the predictable answers:

“Yeah UK is a great team, maybe the best team we’ll play all year.”

“I heard about the rivalry while I was growing up. It is more fun being a part of it.”

When asked if the coaches prepare differently for Kentucky, he said the coaches are a lot more serious and that practices are much more intense.  ”We usually have a lot of fun, but practices during those weeks kind of suck,” he said.

What about all that fun you’re supposed to be having? “Practice is serious,” he said. “We have fun when we’re playing games.”

Other participants included Rick Pitino, Chris Smith and Chane Behanan, each of them answering one question after another about Kentucky and the rivalry.

One gets the distinct feeling that the Louisville contingent is tired of talking about the Lexington team. They can’t say that, of course, not wanting to give Big Blue any bulletin board material.

So many questions about UK, in fact, so many with all the predictable answers. And there is no end to them. No escape from the continuing speculation, analysis and predictions from local and national sports media, family, friends and classmates.

No way to really enjoy Final Four week without UK getting in on the act.

There’s only one chance to shut it down, but that doesn’t come until Saturday.

 

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