Rick Pitino Has Heavy Praise For Michigan, Calls Them "Golden State"

Posted March 19, 2017

"This is the part before they kick your butt", he said with a grin when told of Pitino's words. Now they'll have to do it all over again Sunday. There was no repeat performance two days later as MI hit only six of its 17 3-point attempts.

"We created a lot of turnovers off our press", Snider said.

Like all parents, teachers and coaches of a certain age - even one who is in the Basketball Hall of Fame - he walks a fine line in trying to impart historical lessons to young people without seeming hopelessly old. As long as MI can avoid foul trouble with their starters, I like their chances today. They kept their foot on the gas. Majority can shoot three-pointers. Despite Jacksonville State shooting 10-of-19 from three-point albeit draining the clock every possession, the Cardinals managed to eke out a 15-point win, something for other teams to think about. That was more than enough to ensure the Cardinals, who had lost three of their previous five, of their fifth consecutive opening-round win. Louisville was making its first postseason appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed postseason ban for alleged recruiting violations.

MI kept their great postseason run alive with arguably the most entertaining game of the first round. He has been a successful coach, going from Daytona Beach CC to Oklahoma State in a decade.

It sure wasn't as easy as most expected, though. He started the scoring with a mid-range jumper, soared in for a transition layup on outlet pass from Walton and followed with a hook shot in the paint as Louisville took an early 7-6 edge with 16:18 left in the first half.

MI entered this game as one of March's hottest teams, overcoming no less than a plane accident to win the Big Ten title. Louisville also is limiting teams to 39.9 percent shooting from the field, which is good for 15th in the nation.

But it wasn't almost enough to pull the upset. Big Ten and the over is 12-2 in Louisville last 14 games as a favorite while the under is 6-1-1 in LOU last 8 non-conference games. The Cardinals, meanwhile, pulled away from the fifteenth-seeded Jacksonville State Gamecocks 78-63. Here's how to watch and follow Louisville vs. MI.

No. 1 seed Kansas against No. 9 Michigan State features two top freshmen in the Jayhawks' Josh Jackson and the Spartans' Miles Bridges. MI is the story of this year's Dance in the early going.

Louisville (25-9) pulled ahead by nine twice and appeared on the cusp of breaking it open but MI clawed right back in it with a 6-0 flurry.