Louisville Basketball And The Big East Tournament

Chris Trotman

Twenty-four hours from now we will be preparing to enjoy postseason Louisville basketball. It feels good to say, it feels good to type, it feels good to think about.

Until then, here are some notable facts and figures to chew on.

--Louisville will be making its eighth appearance in the Big East Tournament, an event in which it owns a 10-5 all-time record. The cards have won two of the last four titles, and been to the championship game in three of the past four years. Overall, Louisville has won nine of its last 11 games in the event.

--U of L has the most victories in the Big East Tournament over the last four years, posting a 9-2 record (.818) with two titles (2009, 2012) over that stretch. The Cardinals have four more tournament wins than the next closest participant in this year's event.

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--All-time results:

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---Rick Pitino has a 42-13 record in conference tournaments (11-7 Big East, 8-2 Conference USA, 17-1 Southeastern, 4-1 North Atlantic, 2-2 ECAC North) as a head coach. Pitino's teams have won 10 conference tournament titles, including the 2009 and 2012 Big East Conference Championships

--Louisville has an all-time 27-26 record in Madison Square Garden and the Cards have won five straight there, seven of their last eight and 12 of their last 17 games there. U of L won the 1956 NIT Championship in the Garden, the 2009 and 2012 Big East Championships, and the 1971 Holiday Festival.

--Since joining the Big East (2005-06), Louisville has a collective 44-18 record during the month of March. U of L coach Rick Pitino has a 112-40 collegiate record in the month of March (.737), including a 55-25 mark at Louisville. U of L has a 13-5 record in regular season games in March over the last nine years (since 2005).

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