Louisville opened the NCAA Tournament with a 69-62 victory over Davidson in the second round in Portland, Oregon Thursday. The Cardinals avoided an upset and moved on to the third round.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino offered the following thoughts on his team following the red-eye game out West.
“You know what, every team is unique and different. I’ve had a lot of great teams. I felt two years ago we didn’t deserve – we deserved to get knocked out. Last year we had a bad break with our best player going out before with an injury. So every year it’s just different. This is a very good basketball team. They just came off a Big East tournament championship, where we had to beat some outstanding teams.”
Murray State gets big welcome from BBN
Murray State moved on to the third round following a 58-41 victory over Colorado State at the KFC Yum! Center. Murray coach Steve Prohm was happy with the support shown from the crowd, mostly comprised of Kentucky fans.
“It (the support) was great,” he said. “I’m glad you brought that up. I was going to Tweet it later. I want to appreciate coach (John) Calipari and his efforts to get Big Blue Nation supporting us today too. They were great. It was great to see the pride of the State of Kentucky and how much they appreciate good basketball. For them to turn out – the crowd today was great. I didn’t see many empty seats. This is an unbelievable facility. Like I said earlier, we’ve been up here to practice before on our trip to Morehead State and to SIU Edwardsville. It’s a tremendous facility. I didn’t see many empty seats.
“There was a ton of gold and blue, and then there was some royal blue, whatever they call the Kentucky blue. What’s the correct terminology, I’m not sure. But the Kentucky fans were terrific, and I really appreciate Coach Cal doing that, and I appreciate Kentucky’s fans. But the Murray fans are the best.”