Rick Pitino sat down for a brief interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz on Tuesday night. Topics of the interview include the chance the go to back-to-back Final Four’s, the health of the team, Syracuse and Pitt leaving the Big East, and the late addition of Montrezl Harrell. Here is an excerpt.
Andy Katz: What’s the toughest part of going to consecutive Final Fours, doing it with Kentucky and now trying to do the same with Louisville?
Rick Pitino: It depends on the situation of the team. When I was at Kentucky [in 1996 and '97], we were rebuilding the second year so it was a surprise. This past year at Louisville we didn’t expect to go, but now we have high expectations to go and do it. I think this time will be tougher than it was at Kentucky. At Kentucky it was totally unexpected, but this time it will be expected. It’s hard to have a Final Four that will be expected.
AK: After dealing with a rash of injuries last season, how healthy is your team heading into the summer?
RP: We’re ...