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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 in defensive efficiency as well. Look at the fact that no team is hotter than the Big East tournament champions (their only loss since Jan. 26 was the five-overtime thriller at Notre Dame). Talk about the resilience they showed in the Big East title game, when they were down 16 points to Syracuse with 15:34 left and then outscored the Orange 49-16 the rest of the way. Point to numbers guru Ken Pomeroy, who has Louisville as the second-ranked team in the nation (behind a flawed Florida squad) as well as the No. 1 team in adjusted defensive efficiency.
But the best reason that this year's No. 1 overall se...
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HE KNOWS NOTHING
Rick Pitino is aware that many analysts are picking his squad to win the national title, but he's hoping one analyst did not pick his team.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino calls out ESPN analyst Digger Phelps' basketball knowledge, stating "that man knows nothing."
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...
After Rick Pitino called out Digger Phelps for picking Louisville to go down in the Sweet 16, fans took to Twitter to hilariously hate on the ESPN analyst.
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
The Rick Pitino coaching tree just sprouted another new branch.
Kareem Richardson, who joined the University of Louisville basketball staff a year ago, has been named head coach at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. That brings to 19 the number of assistants who have had their own programs.
The Pitino lineage:
Bob Brown – Southern Maine (1987–90), Boston...
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...
ATLANTA -- The selection committee did not do the Louisville Cardinals, the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed, any favors in the Midwest region.
If Louisville coach Rick Pitino is to capture his second national title, he will have to guide his team through one of the most dangerous regionals: the other top seeds in the Midwest, Nos. 1 through 6, are Duke, Michigan State,...
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...
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...
TEAM TO BEAT: Louisville. The won a wicked Big East tournament and get a very favorable venue list to get to the Final Four. I buy into the notion that guard play is paramount in the NCAA tournament and the Cardinals have that in spades. TEAM THAT WILL WIN THE REGION: Louisville. I think it is laid out pretty well for Rick Pitino's bunch. Short trips to Lexington and Indianapolis...
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...