Posted November 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
Things just keep getting better for the Louisville Cardinals. First came a surprise trip to the Final Four, then a contract extension that will keep coach Rick Pitino around for nine more years. Can a national championship be next? The players seem to think so. "The expectations are a lot coming in, but we have the personnel to get the job done,'' guard Russ Smith said. The second-ranked Cardinals, who open at home against Manhattan on Sunday, are an experienced team with excellent depth. They are long and quick, with shooters surrounding imposing post players. Pitino, who signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Louisville through the 2021-22 season, has 11 returning players. Last year's team went 30-10, won the Big East Conference tournament and reached the Final Four for the first time since 2005 before losing to eventual champion Kentucky in the semifinals. Part of their championship pedigree is an unselfish attitude. Anchoring this year's squad are Smi...
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