Found March 30, 2013 on The Cardinal Connect:
Louisville has advanced to their fourth regional final in the last six years. Rick Pitino’s Cardinals defeated No. 12 seed Oregon 77-69 in the round of sixteen. This was easily Louisville’s sloppiest game of the tournament, but it’s hard to not give Oregon credit for that. Three times in the second half Louisville extending their lead to 18, but each time Oregon was able to chip that lead to single digits. Louisville was out-rebounded tonight and actually committed more turnovers than Oregon, but was still able to hang on with a comfortable win. A lot of that had to do with the performance of Russ Smith. In three games in the tournament Smith has a total of 79 points. He finished with 31-points tonight, which tied his career high. Kevin Ware and Gorgui Dieng were the only other two Cardinals in double figures. Ware provided a great spark off of the bench when Peyton Siva picked up two fouls in the first half. He finished with 11-points on five of seven from the floor. Dieng had 11-p...

Rick Pitino Was Right About Digger Phelps

Rick Pitino appears to be right about Digger Phelps.  Pitino met with the media the day after selection Sunday and was asked to share his thoughts on his team being the overall favorite. He went on to say that he wasn’t aware that many were picking Louisville to win it all and that he hopes they’re right. Pitino also gave a everyone a bit of advice when filling out their brackets...

Rick Pitino calls Coach K the modern-day John Wooden

Rick Pitino and Mike Krzyzewski may be in competition with each other, but they are also friends who have immense respect for one another. The friendship between Pitino and Coach K began after their teams competed in the 1992 East Region finals of the NCAA tournament. Krzyzewski’s Duke squad beat Pitino’s Kentucky team 104-103 on Christian Laettner’s famous shot. The game is...

Rick Pitino FTW

Have one of your dudes just snap his leg in front of your bench? No biggie for Louisville coach Rick Pitino.  After his Cardinals clinched their spot in the Final Four in Atlanta with a 85-63 win over the Duke Blue Devils, Pitino gave the world a little insight to his game plan for his second National Championship – FTW. Now, what restaurant around here as a big enough bathroom...

Louisville coach Rick Pitino details Kevin Ware’s leg injury

Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino explained exactly what type of injury sophomore guard Kevin Ware suffered in their Elite Eight game against Duke.

21years later, Pitino and Krzyzewski meet again

Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino are finally doing an encore. For the first time since their teams played perhaps the greatest game in the history of the NCAA tournament, Krzyzewski and Pitino will meet in the NCAA tournament Sunday when top-seeded Louisville faces Duke. In the regional finals, no less. Never mind that few of their current players were even born in 1992. Or that...

Pitino Said He And His Team Have Been Under The Weather

There had been some rumors floating prior to last night’s game that Louisville guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith were both battling a cold. Rick Pitino confirmed that last night following his teams’s 77-69 win over Oregon in the Sweet 16. “He’s (Russ Smith) been sick,” Pitino told Kent Taylor of Wave3. “He infected the entire team. We’ve got six guys with major colds...

Pitino & Krzyzewski: Lets Talk Numbers

Louisville and Duke will battle for a bid to the 2013 Final Four today in the Midwest regional final at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Surprisingly this is just the second time Mike Krzyzewski and Rick Pitino have met in the NCAA tournament. Lets take a look at some interesting numbers. With a win for Pitino, he’ll pass Denny Crum, Adolph Rupp and Tom Izzo in number of Final...

Rick Pitino: 'The bone popped out of the skin'

Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered a horrific injury to his right leg during Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke, leaving his teammates and coaches visibly shaken. Coach Rick Pitino explained the injury following the Cardinals' 85-63 victory over

Louisville’s Kevin Ware after breaking leg: “You guys go win this thing.”

Louisville’s Kevin Ware delivered an inspiring message to his Cardinals teammates after he broke his leg in the Elite Eight game against Duke. He was lying in front of the Louisville bench in the first half. His right leg was so badly broken that the bone was showing through his skin. Ware called his teammates over. “Don't worry about me,” Ware said according to CBS...

Louisville Is A 3.5 Point Favorite Against Duke

Louisville has opened up as a 3 ½ point favorite against Duke tomorrow in the Midwest regional final. This will be the second match-up between the two teams this year. They previously met in November in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, with Duke winning 76-71. Duke has advanced to the regional final with wins over, Albany, Creighton and Michigan State. The Blue Devils...

Elite 8 Game Preview: Duke vs Louisville (5:05 Sunday)

By Dale Yarborough ACC Bureau Reporter The (1) Louisville Cardinals take on the (2) Duke Blue Devils in a paramount game that will decide a Final Four contender and end another team’s season. But beyond the players on the court, coaches Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) have history between the two that dates back before some players were even born. One of...

Smith leads Louisville to 77-69 victory over Ducks

Louisville coach Rick Pitino is baffled by Russ Smith. Not by the star guard himself, who is managing to outdo himself each time he steps on the court. No, Pitino doesn't understand why the rest of the country isn't as impressed with Smith as he - and every opponent who's faced him - is. ''I look at (player of the year) lists, and I don't see Russ Smith...

Three Hits: Louisville rolls to Final Four berth

Here are three observations from Louisville's impressive 85-63 Elite Eight win against Duke Sunday to earn its second-consecutive Final Four berth: 1. Through the first four (or five) games of the NCAA tournament, Louisville looks every bit the part of the No. 1 overall seed and more than earned its trip to Atlanta. In short, the Cardinals look athletic, locked in and dominant...

Louisville basketball presser

Listen closely to Gorgui Dieng on toughness as his University of Louisville basketball team prepares for the matchup with Duke in the NCAA Elite Eight. Rick Pitino follows, still answering questions about a previous game with Duke at another program.
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