Singling out individual players for praise on the University of Louisville basketball team is easy to do. One after the other has stepped up during critical situations, time after time during the stretch run. Not possible to predict who the latest one will be, but one will be there. The Quad, a New York Times blog, chose to spotlight Andre McGee as “the player who flies in under the radar”:

“Coach Rick Pitino’s teams have been defined by their doggedness, and this year’s Louisville squad is no different. The ability to wear down teams with depth and relentlessness helped the Cardinals earn the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed. Perhaps no player epitomizes Louisville’s style of play more than the senior point guard Andre McGee.

“McGee averaged 5.5 points in less than 20 minutes a game, and he might be the most unheralded player on a top seed. McGee, who joined the Cardinals as a big scorer out of California, has sacrificed his offense for the good of the team. He is a menace for opposing point guards as the Cardinals’ best on-the-ball defender. At 5 feet 10 inches and 180 pounds, McGee has lowered his body fat to 7 percent from 18 percent since arriving at Louisville. Pitino likes McGee so much he hopes he will coach with him someday. “

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Farewell Dave Hart — Dave Hart, 83, former University of Louisville athletic director, has died. He was AD at U of L from 1973 to 1977 before leaving to take a similar position at the University of Missouri.

He is the father of Alabama athletic director Dave Hart Jr., and grandfather of Chattanooga athletic director Rick Hart and N.C. State assistant baseball coach Chris Hart.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.