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PORTLAND, Ore. — As the No. 15 and No. 16 ranked teams on the NCAA Tournament s-curve, Indiana and Louisville were given little chance of playing close to home for the opening weekend.
As both teams prepare to kick off March Madness in the Pacific Northwest on Thursday, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Indiana’s turnaround season that few predicted did not come as a surprise to him.
“I said to most of the Louisville media at the beginning of the year they would be back this year,” Pitino said at the Rose Garden as his 26-9 Louisville team prepared to meet Davidson. “There was no question in my mind they would.”
After struggling through records of 6-25, 10-21 and 12-20 in Tom Crean’s first three seasons, patience was rewarded in year four as the Hoosiers met and surpassed expectations to earn their first tournament berth since 2007.
Pitino said he believes the manner in which Crean went about rebuilding the IU program was the correct path.
“They started with a decimated program, no ...
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I encourage everyone to take four minutes out of their day and watch this video. Chip Cosby and CN|2 Sports were in New York City last week covering Louisville’s miraculous run to the Big East Championship. Chip caught up with Peyton Siva Sr. to talk about the special bond he shares with his son.
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Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Cardinals Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan discuss the Cardinals 69-61 NCAA opening round win over Davidson Thursday in Portland, OR.
Erasing memories of bad starts in recent years is good, but getting out of the first round even nicer. Watching from the sidelines no fun at all.Actually the Louisville basketball team dumped the low expectations a couple of weeks ago, refusing to submit to them, raising its game to a new level. A different team, one that believes in itself, maintaining extreme levels of intensity...
– The Cardinals are the No. 4 seed for the second-straight year, earning the seed for the eighth time overall.
– This is Louisville’s sixth-straight and 38th overall NCAA Tournament appearance. The Cardinals have reached the event 29 of the last 36 years.
– Rick Pitino has a 38-15 record in NCAA Tournament play (.717), ranking him seventh among active coaches in winning...
South Florida wants to bring its own brand of ugliness to the NCAA tournament.
The Bulls (20-13) got to the First Four because of their ability to make getting a basket the ultimate challenge. They set a Big East record by allowing only 56.9 points per game. Their defense is so unrelenting that opponents often come unglued.
The flip side: South Florida doesn't score much, either...
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Louisville defeated Davidson 69-62 in the NCAA Tournament second round Thursday in Portland. Despite foul problems to stars Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva, the Cardinals advanced to the third round with outstanding defense.
Davidson had few answers for Louisville stars Peyton Siva and Chane Behenan, but it was the Cardinals defense that proved the difference against the Wildcats in Thursday's opening round NCAA Tournament contest.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Ole Miss jumped on Houston Cougars pitching early all three games last weekend. Tuesday night here, the Louisville Cardinals did the same thing to the Rebels, scoring three runs in the first inning and hanging on for a 4-3 win.