The upcoming NCAA game between Louisville and Tennessee has already been analyzed from every conceivable angle. Game day routines have begun, altered slightly by the late 9:50 pm starting time. Most players leave their rooms during the day for breakfast and lunch and return to their rooms.
They spend most of their day there practicing hand-to-eye-and-ear coordination on their I-Pods, Play Station Portables and Game Boys. No extra curricular activities, no horsing around. Sticking with their routines, ever mindful of personal superstitions.
After the pre-game meal, they are bused to the arena about two hours before game time, getting their ankles, knees or elbows wrapped or taped. Do a few exercises. Head for the court for warm ups, shooting around. Then it’s back to the locker room for last minute comments from a relaxed and confident Rick Pitino. One more huddle, some yelling, and it’s on to the floor, the roar of the crowd. Time to take care of business.
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Program Building — The job Jeff Walz has done in fine-tuning the Lady Cards this season has been impressive, preparing them for the first of many UofL appearances in the Sweet 16. Some credit must go to former coach Tom Collen. Read Sonja’s insider perspective on the transition from Tom Collen to Jeff Walz and the issues involved.