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The best Louisville game of the decade tournament: 1 vs. 16

Not gonna lie, setting this up is pretty fun.

The first round rages on as the top seed is revealed...


After dismantling top seed Washington two days prior, it's safe to say that Louisville fans were confident heading into an Elite Eight matchup with seventh-seeded West Virginia. That confidence was shaken quickly as the Mountaineers quickly hit the Cardinals with a barrage of three-pointers and built a 20-point first half lead.

"I've never seen anything like it in my life," Rick Pitino said. "They were falling out of bounds, shooting from half-court and banking them in. You've got to give them all the credit in the world."

Pitino abandoned the zone defense in the second half and Louisville pressed, trapped and clawed its way back into the game.

With leading scorer Francisco Garcia on the bench with five fouls and Taquan Dean suffering from cramps, homegrown Larry O'Bannon took the game over. His driving lay-up with less than a minute to play ultimately sent the game into overtime where the Cardinals were able to hold off an exhausted Mountaineer squad.

The win secured Louisville's first trip to the Final Four since 1986 and made Pitino the only coach to ever lead three different programs to the national semifinals.

When Brandon Jenkins blocked J.D. Collins' shot and Taquan Dean started toward the other end of the floor with the clock ticking down in regulation, I'll always remember thinking in the back of my mind: "I've never felt a feeling like this in my chest...oh my god, am I dying?" It was an amazing, amazing day.

16. THE 2001 LIBERTY BOWL (12/31/01)

Dave Ragone threw three touchdown passes as Louisville (11-2) set a school record for wins in the process of knocking off No. 17 BYU 28-10 in the 2001 Liberty Bowl.

"What I've always said about this team is we might not have the most talent, but we have the most heart and we play together," Ragone said. "This is one of the best Louisville teams to come through in here."

The Cougars had started the season 12-0 and campaigned hard for a spot in a BCS game, but fell to Hawaii in their season finale and were throttled by the Cardinals three weeks later.

Ragone, the game's MVP, was 19 of 28 for 228 yards. He put away the contest with a 49-yard TD strike to Ronnie Gant 49 seconds into the final quarter.

The Cardinals, who had captured their second Conference USA title in as many seasons, secured the program's first bowl victory since a Liberty Bowl win over Michigan State in 1993.

If "We in Da Liberty Bowl" or "Rollin' to Da Liberty Bowl" were anywhere online, you can bet your life that you'd see them below.


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