Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/19/12
Since 1980, Rick Pitino is 40-15 in NCAA tournament games. This year’s Louisville team is the 16th team coach Pitino has guided to the Big Dance. In 28 years as a college basketball head coach, Pitino has played in nine Sweet 16 games. In all nine of those Sweet 16 appearances, Rick Pitino and his team advanced to the Elite 8. Not only has Pitino never lost a game in the round of 16, but the average margin of victory in those nine games is 23 points. –03/19/1987 – #6 Providence 103, #2 Alabama 82 –03/26/1992 – #3 Massachusetts 77, #2 Kentucky 87 –03/25/1993 – #5 Wake Forest 69, #1 Kentucky 103 –03/23/1995 – #5 Arizona State 73, #1 Kentucky 97 –03/21/1996 – #4 Utah 70, #1 Kentucky 101 –03/20/1997 – #4 St. Joseph’s (PA) 68, #1 Kentucky 83 –03/24/2005 – #4 Louisville 93, #1 Washington 79 –03/27/2008 – #3 Louisville 79, #2 Tennessee 60 –03/27/2009 – #12 Arizona 64, #1 Louisville 103 Knocking off #1 seeded Michigan State won’t be an easy task on Thursday evening.
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