"My freshman year, I said maybe four words to him," said Kyle Kuric, a senior and Louisville's leading scorer. "Now the freshmen, they have conversations with him; they're showing him pictures. He really connects with the team in a better way, and we have a stronger bond because of it."
Unlike the Wildcats, the Cardinals don't have a roster filled with surefire NBA stars or All-Americans. Heck, no one on their roster fits that bill. But by blending Xs and Os with an indefatigably positive attitude, and adapting to what seems like a new system in every game, Pitino has coaxed his team into the Final Four.
In short, he's reminded everyone that beneath the fancy suits and the designer shoes, he's one of the best coaches in the game.
"This is our chance to win a championship," Pitino said. "We've got just as much to lose as (the Wildcats) do. Because it's not easy to get here."
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