A rested University of Louisville basketball team will play California in the first round of the NCAA’s South Regional at Jacksonville on Friday.
Rested is the key word. Rick Pitino has a habit of running his teams to the point of emotional and physical exhaustion, no matter the point in the season. Any conceivable benefits of the Big East Tournament would have been offset by wear and tear.
After making an early exit from the tournament, PItino’s squad has had a few days to cool its heels. He will have all week to get his team jacked up, motivated to play name teams, California in the first game, Duke, if both teams win, in the second game.
Throw a no-name at these guys, they don’t get excited, they lose. Even with the master motivator pulling out all stops. They will be motivated for California even if they know nothing about the basketball team.