Found March 24, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
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 the West Regional.
Chane Behanan hit the go-ahead basket with 1:04 left for fourth-seeded Louisville, then after two Cardinals free throws, Florida’s Bradley Beal and Erving Walker each missed chances to tie.
The seventh-seeded Gators (26-11) fell in the regional semifinals for the second straight year, while Louisville (30-9) will go to the Final Four for the ninth time, and the second under Pitino
Russ Smith led Louisville with 19 points and Behanan had 17. The Cardinals played the final 3:58 without point guard Peyton Siva, who fouled out.
The Gators shot 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half but didn’t make one in the second.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
PHOENIX -- On a night that set offensive basketball back half a century, the city of Phoenix would like to thank the Florida Gators for doing something no other team in the West Regional could do Thursday: eclipsing the 40 percent shooting threshold.
For that, the Gators can thank guard Bradley Beal, who continues to use the NCAA tournament as his personal showcase.
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.
Bradley Beal and Erik Murphy scored 14 points each, but Florida squandered an 11-point lead in the second half to lose 72-68 in the West Regional on Saturday and keep coach Billy Donovan winless against his mentor.
Donovan hadn't beaten Louisville coach Rick Pitino in six previous tries, but appeared to be headed toward a breakthrough win after the Gators hit eight 3-pointers...
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...
Almost every time he touches the ball, Bradley Beal does something special. His latest bit of basketball wizardry pushed Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.
Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night to help the Gators...
PHOENIX - Almost every time he touches the ball, Bradley Beal does something special. His latest bit of basketball wizardry moved Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Almost every time he touches the ball, Bradley Beal does something special. His latest bit of basketball wizardry pushed Florida a win away from the Final Four and set up Billy Donovan with a perfectly scripted matchup against his old coach and boss, Rick Pitino.
Beal, the freshman with NBA written all over him, scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting Thursday night...
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.
- 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...
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gorgui Dieng swatted away the West Region's top seed to send Rick Pitino into another regional final.
Chane Behanan scored 15 points and 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...
And Up they Go (Risers in the Draft)
The NCAA tournament is the ultimate showcase for an NBA caliber player to prove that they have what it takes to truly make it in the pros and be a difference maker. Every year, scores of prospects perform on the biggest stage and by their tournament performances alone can make themselves millions of dollars, with great play. A good tournament...
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...