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Last year Rick Pitino was selected as a finalist to get the nod into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and was turned away by the committee. This year he has been selected as a finalist again and hopes to get in on round 2.
Pitino was the first coach in the NCAA to take 3 different teams to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville). When you look at Pitino’s stats they really are remarkable. In 21 of his 28 seasons as a college basketball head coach, he has lead his team to 20 or more victories. Many say that if he didn’t make the jump to the NBA in the middle of his prime that he would up there with Coach K for the all time wins crown. Pitino’s win total isn’t that bad though as he goes for his 650th win this Sunday in South Florida.
Whether you like Pitino or not, he changed the game of basketball as we know it today. He was really the first coach to press almost all game and put defensive pressure on the opponent at all times. If Pitino doesn’t get into the Hall of Fame this time than I will be stunned. Even though many people around the Commonwealth don’t like him, there is no denying that he is one heck of a basketball coach.
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Rick Pitino picked up his second verbal commitment from the 2014 class tonight.
Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-foot-8 combo guard from Seattle, WA., announced his decision tonight prior his Rainer Beach High School’s district title game.
Aaron chose Louisville over Arizona, UCLA and Washington. His commitment came less than two weeks after he made an official visit to Louisville.
On his radio show Wednesday night at Buffalo Wild Wings, Rick Pitino made a statement that seems to have caught a lot of people by surprise. Pitino said that after the season he will encourage juniors Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng along with sophomore Chane Behanan to test the NBA waters.
Pitino says he insists that all three players enter their name in the NBA draft to be evaluated...
University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino said on Thursday night after a win over St. John’s that he has to get junior center Gorgui Dieng more rest. Cardinal Authority has what Pitino said and the reaction from Dieng.
Gorgui Dieng has said more than once that his primary objective at the University of Louisville is getting a college degree.
The sheepskin is what his Mom and Dad want, too, first and foremost. Presumably within four years after enrollment and before he would even consider professional basketball.
Now we get word, however, that Coach Rick Pitino wants Gorgui, along with Chane Behanan...
Louisville has lost four of seven, and this has taken a lot of the focus off what was once the No. 1 team. What is being lost in the shuffle is that they're defending as well as anyone. We all knew that Pitino's defense was going to be good - they did have the best defensive efficiency in the nation last year - but I'm not sure we knew exactly how good. The Cardinals...
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday night prior to his radio show at Buffalo Wild Wings. Pitino was previewing Thursday’s game against St. John’s but – obviously – answered more question’s about last Saturday’s historic five-overtime loss at Notre Dame. Cardinal Authority was there with this story and video:
Took a few days for Rick Pitino to get fight through the pain of blowing six opportunities to put Notre Dame away. The goal now is for the University of Louisville to sweep the last seven basketball games. Video: Jody Demling.
Rick Pitino and the 12th ranked Louisville Cardinals will look to bounce back tonight from their five overtime loss to Notre Dame over the weekend as they host the St. John’s Red Storm. Louisville opened as a 19-point favorite, but that line has quickly dropped the 17.
Louisville leads the all time series 10-4 and has won six of the last seven meetings between the two schools....
Russ Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put No. 12 Louisville ahead for good and helped the Cardinals beat St. John's 72-58 on Thursday night.
Wayne Blackshear went down in the second half last night holding his surgically repaired shoulder. Judging from Blackshear’s grimace, it looked as if he was in some serious pain. Fortunately for Louisville, it sounds like it was just a minor tweak.
The post Video: Wayne Blackshear Says His Shoulder Is Fine appeared first on The Cardinal Connect.
Some healing was in order for a team questioning itself, looking for answers, needing to get past the disbelief, the uncertainty, and the disappointment. Needing a home game, needing some love, the warm embrace of fans at the KFC Yum! Center.
Equally important is that there is no more taking anybody for granted for this University of Louisville basketball team, not following the...
Louisville and Saint John’s played in a game of runs for the first 30 minutes but Louisville had the last laugh as they improved to 20-5 on the season. Russ Smith’s 12 straight points in the second half propelled Louisville to a 72-58 win.
Peyton Siva played one of the best games in recent memory after struggling in the overtime loss to Notre Dame. It was released before...
An updated Louisville football roster was published at GoCards.com earlier this afternoon. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the updated roster, but here are a few takeaways.
I reported last month that running back Jeremy Wright was not expected to be back for his senior season. There still hasn’t’ been an official release about Wright, but he is no longer on the Louisville...