In 1997 Arizona beat the University of Kentucky in the national championship. Arizona was coached by veteran coach Lute Olsen and UK was being coach by none other than Rick Pitino. Arizona a team that was upset and ousted from the NCAA tournament a couple years before recovered from an embarrassing loss to go on to win the national title a couple years later against a heavily favored UK team. That Arizona team flew under the radar in 1997 and entered the tournament with a number 4 seed 25-9 record. This team got hot at the end of the year . They were lead by two lightening fast guards,future NBA star Mike Bibby and Miles Simon. I remember watching those guys run circles around Rick Pitino;s press. They showed up in a big way that year in the tournament, Bibby and Simon always seemed to be one step faster than any other player on the court.
I see the same qualities in Louisville's guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith. When they are playing at the top of their game both Siva and Russ could steal a game from anybody literally. We got a taste of how they could play when they are clicking Saturday against Pittsburg. That 1997 team had several quality role players and was lead by two scrappy and fast guards that stole the game away from a heavily favored UK team. Ironically 15 years later Pitino is coaching a similar styled set of guards that flying under the radar. A team looking like they could beat anybody when playing well but are probably going to acumalate a couple more loses. Still with the leadership of two talented guards Siva and Russ and along with the rest of team playing well before the NCAA tournament Louisville is prime to steal a championship away 2012. Just like Mike Bibby and Miles Simon did in 1997 national title game against Kentucky.