Neither first-time finalist Cincinnati nor seventh-seeded Louisville was in the league eight years ago. But they’ll be front and center Saturday night when they play for the conference crown at Madison Square Garden.
When the 24th-ranked Cardinals (20-5, 8-4 Big East) host No. 2 Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) on Monday night, the outspoken forward will face his biggest challenge. He will battle the length of the Orange while being expected to make things happen inside.