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Wisch: Groce Is The Coach Illini Fans Have Been Waiting For

From the looks of things, it appears that Illinois has a truly elite coach in John Groce.

670 The Score–09/13/2013

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Five Things: Missing McGary And Hancock Saves Cardinals…Again

The preseason No. 2 team finishes 35-5 and wins 16 in a row to close the season, culminating with a national championship. No dominant team in college basketball this year?

04/09/2013

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Luke Hancock’s Heroics Propel Louisville To NCAA Title

Luke Hancock’s knack for making big shots was on display well before he transferred to Louisville. But he craved something bigger. He finally got it last night.

04/09/2013

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Video: Pitino Ducks For Cover After Confetti Cannon Goes Off

Seconds after his Louisville Cardinals won the NCAA Championship game, the look on Rick Pitino’s face turned from pure to joy to sheer horror.

CBS Chicago–04/09/2013

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Pitino Leads Class Of 7 Into Naismith Hall Of Fame

Rick Pitino, who will coach Louisville in the NCAA championship game Monday night, is among seven people elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

04/08/2013

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Rothstein: Louisville, Michigan Set To Give Us A Thrill

The season that none of us could predict is set to give us a title game that none of us will forget.

04/08/2013

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Five Things: Motivated Cardinals Prevail And Wichita State Stays Alive

Even with limited drama—none of the regional finals were particularly thrilling—the NCAA Tournament is a wonderful thing, the perfect blend of fairness and unpredictability.

04/01/2013

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After Horrific Injury, Louisville Beats Duke 85-63 To Reach Final Four

With tears in their eyes and Kevin Ware in their hearts, there was no way Louisville was losing this game.

03/31/2013

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Rothstein: Friday’s Sweet 16 Primer; Predictions, Key Matchups & More

Florida Gulf Coast is without question the story of the tournament — but they’re not going to beat Florida.

03/29/2013

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Russ Smith Plays Through Grief

Russ Smith last spoke with his former high school coach, Jack Curran, less than three weeks ago. They talked about how well Smith had been playing for Louisville this season.

03/18/2013

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Marquette Coach Buzz Williams Leads Team Despite Never Playing College Basketball

It’s a rarity at this level, in any sport, for a head coach to have had no playing experience in college. It hasn’t prevented Williams from guiding Marquette to the Sweet 16 the last two seasons and a 60-30 regular season record in the Big East.

03/18/2013

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Big East: One More Time, With Feeling

The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.

03/18/2013

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Jon Rothstein’s NCAA Tournament Primer: Picks, Upset Alerts And Players To Watch

It’s that time again! See which teams hoops expert Jon Rothstein has moving on from each region in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

03/18/2013

Head coach Rick Pitino, Peyton Siva #3 and Russ Smith #2 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Florida Gators 72-68 during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Final at US Airways Center on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Louisville In Final 4 With 72-68 Win Over Florida

Rick Pitino nearly came unhinged and his point guard watched the end of the game from the bench. When it was over, though, it was Pitino and Louisville making plans for the Final Four.

03/24/2012

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Pitino Has A Thought for ‘All You Atheists Out There’

Has there ever been a more polarizing player than Tim Tebow?

670 The Score–12/14/2011

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Dorfman: Mixing The Madness

I was really hoping to sit back and catch all the games yesterday. Unfortunately, my landlord has this annoying habit of wanting his rent every month so I had to pay some attention to other projects.

670 The Score–03/18/2011

Jury Convicts Sypher of Extortion in Pitino Case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky woman was convicted of extortion Thursday after she demanded millions of dollars from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep their tryst at a restaurant secret. Karen Cunagin Sypher, 50, […]

08/05/2010

Rick Pitino Testifies About Sex with Extortion Suspect

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A woman accused of demanding millions to stay quiet about a tryst with Rick Pitino initiated the sex by whispering to him and unzipping his pants when he got up to leave […]

07/28/2010