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Fox Sports South:
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, Saint Louis, Oklahoma State and Memphis, respectively. That's a dangerous 2-seed, a Big Ten powerhouse, a top-tier mid-major and two under-the-radar programs that could make noise in March.
Throw in an intriguing 8-9 (Colorado State-Missouri) and 7-10 (Creighton-Cincinnati) matchups, along with the Pac-12 champion, and the Big East tournament champs have their hands full.
Our FOX Sports South college basketball team--Zach Dillard, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney--convened to talk about the potential pitfalls for Louisville in this region, as well as other top storylines. Here are the highlights:
-- Will a 16-seed ever upset a No. 1? Could Louisville be challenged by North Carolina A&T? (Editor's note: The Midwest and West regional podcasts were recorded Tuesday afternoon, prior to North Carolina A&T and St. Mary's winning their respective First Four games.)
-- Is Colorado State-Missouri the most intriguing 8-9 matchup in the 2013 field? Should the world believe in the Mountain West's Rams?
-- Oklahoma State, Saint Louis and Memphis have all been labeled as darkhorses. Can any survive this bracket and make it to the Elite Eight or even the Final Four in Atlanta?
-- Duke and Michigan State are the other top seeds, but face some major questions entering the tourney. Is there any reason to doubt or believe in the Blue Devils and Spartans?
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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...
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North Carolina A&T defeated Liberty on Tuesday night in the first round of the tournament. This was the first NCAA tournament win for the school in over 30 years. A&T finished 20-16 on the year and earned a big by winning the MEAC tournament.
The Aggies are...
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...
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Richard Pitino, men's basketball coach at Florida International University and son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, is looking to put the program on the college basketball map.
One way FIU will draw attention in Pitino's second season is with a unique court design featuring a beach motif that the school revealed this week.
No matter where he's coaching or who his team is facing, Rick Pitino has never liked playing the first game of the NCAA tournament as a top seed.
''Normally your guys get a little tight, say, `We're a 1 seed, uh-oh, we could lose this game,''' the Louisville coach said. ''And you start playing not to lose rather than to win.''
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino loves defense and on Thursday he liked was he saw from the Cardinals. The Cardinals set an NCAA Tournament record with 20 steals and decked North Carolina A&T 79-48 before about 20,000 fans in Rupp Arena.
After defeating North Carolina A&T 79-48 last night in the second round of the NCAA tournament, Rick Pitino and the top seeded Cardinals will take on Colorado State in the third round on Saturday at 5:15 PM in Rupp Arena. Colorado State is the eighth seed in the Midwest region and advanced after knocking off the ninth seeded Missouri Tigers 84-72. The game will be broadcast on...
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Who coaches Louisville? Rick Pitino, right? Nope, Bruce Weber. Do we really...
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...
Of the 26 active NCAA Division I coaches with Final Four experience, 20 of them are bringing teams to this season’s Big Dance.
That’s nearly a third of the 64 teams that will be alive starting tomorrow, and it’s something to keep in mind when making your final bracket selections.
Coaches like Pitino, Krzyzewski and Izzo make the Midwest bracket very top-heavy.