Wildcats had overflowing athleticism in a 69-61 victory over Louisville in the national semifinals Saturday night.
Only one person has been in the type of high-profile position in sports that John Callipari is in and handled it with such poise, and that was Joe Torre when he was manager of the New York Yankees.
Rick Pitino and John Calipari have met before in the Final Four — it was 16 years ago in 1996 when Pitino was at Kentucky and Calipari was at Umass — but this is different.
The Final Four is set. Kentucky will play Louisville and in the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas.
Cardinals finished the game on a 23-8 run for a 72-68 victory over Donovan’s stunned Florida team.
The Buckeyes have gotten tremendous play in the NCAA Tournament from lefty forward Deshaun Thomas and they’ll need him to be at his apex on Saturday against the Orange’s 2-3 zone.
Louisville withstood a closing run by Cincinnati for a 50-44 victory Saturday night that gave the Cardinals their second Big East tournament championship.
Peyton Siva had 14 points and six steals, and Louisville held off Seton Hall 61-55 on Wednesday night to reach the Big East tournament quarterfinals, leaving the Pirates to sweat out Selection Sunday as they hope for an NCAA tournament bid.
Brandon Triche scored 18 points, Kris Joseph added 11 in the final home game of his career, and second-ranked Syracuse beat No. 19 Louisville 58-49 on Saturday.
C.J. Fair scored 13 points and No. 2 Syracuse scored the final six points of the game to beat No. 19 Louisville 52-51 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak against the Cardinals.
They might feel like the 1990s Buffalo Bills to some, but if you watch the Bulldogs play, you’ll have a greater appreciation for what they do on the basketball court.
Behanan hit his first 10 shots on the way to a career-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and Louisville beat Rutgers 78-66 on Saturday for its fourth straight Big East victory.
Ed Cooley grew up in Providence watching Rick Pitino and his beloved Friars advance to the 1987 Final Four. Fast forward 25 years and Cooley’s first ever Big East win as head coach of Providence is against Rick Pitino and his 14th ranked Louisville Cardinals.
Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.
The annual showdown between hated rivals Louisville and Kentucky comes at high noon on New Year’s Eve on the heels of the Cardinals’ Big East opening game loss at home to Georgetown.