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It's the end of an era as both of these teams will be headed to a new conference next season. In the begining it appeared as if it would be a game fitting of the end of the Big East as it is currently known--Louisville vs. Syracuse; No. 4 vs. No. 19; Rick Pitino vs. Jim Boeheim.
Yes, sports fans, this one had the making of a great one. For one half it looked like it as the two teams played well, but Syracuse a little better. The Orange had an 13-point lead going into the first half and looked like the could upset the Cardinals.
Then the second half started and it all fell apart.
Louisville's defense clamped down something fierce in the second half holding Syracuse without a basket for more than 11 minutes--over half of the period!
"In order to get that type of defensive pressure, where you're conditioning, where all that hustle is a factor, you have to take good shots and we took good shots in the second half," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
BEST OF MAXIM
There are several numbers you can point to if you want to make the argument it'll be Rick Pitino's Louisville team that cuts down the nets in Atlanta on April 8.
Point to the fact that the Cardinals' pressure-filled defense is second in the nation in steals per game and turnover margin, behind only Virginia Commonwealth. Mention that they're second in the nation...
Less than 24-hours after winning the 2013 Big East tournament title, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals were rewarded by earning the top overall seed in this year’s NCAA tournament. Louisville has won ten consecutive games and is without a doubt the hottest team in the country. Here are some of Pitino’s comments via a press release from the university.
“We are ecstatic...
Syracuse hung on in overtime tonight, defeating Georgetown by a score of 58-55 in what is now officially the final Big East game between the two schools. Here is the last play, along with Jim Boeheim and John Thompson shaking hands afterwards.
Here is a brief video with some of Rick Pitino’s comments on Louisville being the number one overall seed and the potential match-ups in the Midwest region. Video courtesy of @TerryMeiners
Louisville is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, and the Big East champion will stay in its home state for the first two games in the Midwest Region.
Coach Rick Pitino's Cardinals (29-5) will potentially face a 20-loss team and then possibly have a rematch of an early-season game they easily won.
MEAC tournament winner North Carolina A&T (19-16) and Big South...
For the second time in five years, the Louisville Cardinal Basketball program has been given the number one overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Rick Pitino’s team will be the number one seed in the Midwest region. They’ll take on the winner of Liberty and North Carolina State who are both 16 seeds and will play in one of the play-in games.
Louisville claming the number one overall...
The dates and times were for the first and second round games of the NCAA tournament were released shortly after 10:30 PM on Sunday evening.
Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals will play their first NCAA tournament game on Thursday evening at 6:50 PM in Lexington, KY at Rupp Arena. The game will be broadcast on TBS.
Ian Eagle will call the action while Jim Spanarkel and Allie...
Louisville's stunning second-half comeback to beat Syracuse in Saturday night's Big East tournament final brought us something we've had very little of during this wild college basketball season: A sense of certainty.
What's been certain in college hoops this year? Not much. Not which team is No. 1 in the country. Every time there's been one, that team loses...
Being up by 15 points is never a bad thing. Except maybe for Syracuse. Just ask Jim Boeheim:
“It was probably the worst thing to happen to get up 15. If we hadn’t played well and we were up four or five, they probably wouldn’t have done that, but that’s what they had to do at that point to go after it, and that was exactly what I would have tried to do, and that’s what...
Here's a look at the top seeds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, and why they will -- or won't -- reach the Final Four:
LOUISVILLE (Midwest region)
Why they'll be playing in Atlanta: Defense, defense, defense. That's what wins championships, right? Well, that's what Rick Pitino teaches. The single statistic he takes most pride in with his teams is the number...
Go ahead. Fill out that bracket. I just did, and I couldn't feel better about it. I'm taking all your money, fools.
I feel utterly confident in my upset picks (like 13th-seeded South Dakota State over No. 4 Michigan, or 11th-seed Bucknell making it all the way to the Sweet 16, or ninth-seeded Wichita State being the first team to dump a No. 1 seed). If my upset picks don...
by Josh Adams
New York City Bureau
Jim Boeheim is back in the Big East title game/si.com
It had to end this way. Syracuse vs Georgetown in the final Big East Tournament. Friday night in the Garden. One more game, winner gets permanent bragging rights, loser has a stale feeling and will always be remembered by the alumni as the 2013 team that lost to their bitter rival...
March Madness previews: East Region South Region West Region
Lets see: Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Coach K, Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, and oh, yeah a 7-foot-5 dude from Canada. When you break down the Midwest region, geez, whats not to love?Like name-dropping? The coaches of the top three seeds in the region, Louisville, Duke and Michigan State, have combined for 23 Final Fours...
Syracuse had a huge lead in the second half and was in perfect position to say goodbye to the Big East with a bang.
It all slipped away so fast.
Lightning fast, like those Louisville guards.
In their final Big East appearance before bolting to the ACC next season, the 19th-ranked Orange wilted against Louisville's relentless pressure defense and squandered a 16-point advantage...
We have a Scoop Jardine sighting! SU’s floor general for last year’s Orange squad tweeted out his displeasure with his former coach’s statement on Georgetown’s Otto Porter being the best small forward in Big East history.
Porter is certainly a stud, but Jardine might have a point here. Carmelo Anthony did win Syracuse a title in his first and only season with the Orange...