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Rick Pitino's winning percentage in the NCAA tournament is higher than his regular season winning percentage. That always makes Louisville an unenviable draw.
Donovan Mitchell was upset this time a year ago. He's not upset anymore.
"It got me mad," Mitchell said. "It hurt last year, but it definitely added fuel to the fire."
Mitchell, now a standout sophomore guard for Louisville, wasn't alone in his journey through a forest of varying emotions last year.
Coach Rick Pitino ignored the annual NCAA selection show and only tuned in to the tournament when Villanova, coached by Pitino's friend Jay Wright, reached the Final Four. Anas Mahmoud, a junior center who played in the Big Dance as a freshman, said he didn't watch the first two weeks of the NCAA Tournament because the feelings was too raw, too sad. Quentin Snider, the team's resident basketball junkie and starting point guard, couldn't look away, watching all the games in his dormitory room or at his family's Louisville house, sorely missing the experience he had during his freshman season.
A year later, Louisville (24-8) enters the NCAA Tournament on an entirely different planet of emotions. The Cards are annoyed they lost in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament because they thought they could win the event. They are frustrated by their free-throw shooting woes and determined to fix them. But above all else, they are supremely confident after winning 24 games against the second-toughest schedule in college basketball, and they are eager to replace the painful memories of last March with joyful ones.
Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel says Indiana is facing both a men's basketball coaching vacancy and an identity crisis in the wake of Tom Crean's firing.
This is a huge wardrobe day for everyone. Not only are you trying to figure out the best route for today, you also have to be thinking ahead in the event that the Cards continue to advance and you may be experiencing some warmer climates in KC, Phoenix or just in Louisville.
It's also a little rough for those who can't get out of work or school. I see you workin' though.
Indianapolis is the place to be this week for the area's major college hoops powerhouses, but the Lexington Herald-Leader says someone is missing. Who? You guessed it, DePaul.
- Butler University: This school may be small in size, but it's certainly mighty. Butler fans searched almost twice as much as any other school for game destinations, solidifying the number one spot for most dedicated fans.
- Marquette University: Marquette fans are clearly passionate about supporting their men's basketball team, solidifying the number two spot.
- University of California, Los Angeles: UCLA is notorious for having big sports fans, and our data seems to agree.
- University of Louisville: Sliding into the number four slot is University of Louisville. While University of Kentucky fans pride themselves on being huge basketball fans, turns out University of Louisville fans are actually the most dedicated fans in Kentucky.
- Southern Methodist University: Coming in at the number five spot, the SMU men's basketball team is
- certain to have a big cheering section for the first round.
U of L Card Game says the Courier-Journal might cover Louisville and Kentucky athletics the same, but off the field and courts is another issue.
Your unbeaten Louisville baseball team hosts a three-game set with Boston College that begins today.
U of L's Friday softball game has been pushed back to 4.
When you only have 3 weeks to decide which tie you will gift to a teenager. pic.twitter.com/ZHlaQzEJxD— Dan Koob (@DanKoob_WLKY) March 17, 2017
NC State is moving quickly, as Jeff Goodman reports that they're already planning to interview Kevin Keatts just a day after his Wilmington team was beaten in the NCAA tournament.
Fun fact: 34 years ago today Rick Pitino coached in his 1st NCAA Tourney game. BU lost in round 1. Today, Richard is coaching in his first.— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) March 16, 2017
Rick Pitino talked about Luke Kennard letting the game to him last week, something Donovan Mitchell says he needs to do more of.
Twenty-three Louisville area executives share their March Madness predictions.
The ACC is off to a strong start in the big dance.
Also loves the kids.
Your U of L game notes for today.
VJ King out here building his resume too... pic.twitter.com/XbTou0jaPf— Spectrum Sports KY (@SpecSportsKY) March 16, 2017
Sam Vecenie's new NBA Draft big board is here.
Tournament time Mood: pic.twitter.com/JAwG7zFsQj— Peyton Siva Jr (@PeypeySiva3) March 16, 2017
The New York Daily News examines how a baseball injury helped Donovan Mitchell land at Louisville.
This gambling website likes the Cards to cover today.