First, the guys had their fun, as the Cardinals men outlasted a tough Wichita State team in the Georgia Dome, 72-68. Coach Rick Pitino’s squad is headed for the 2013 NCAA men’s championship game against Michigan.
Then, on Sunday, the Louisville lady ballers staked their claim to being one of the best teams in the nation, upsetting Cal, 64-57, in the women’s Final Four in New Orleans.
The two victories gave the Louisville athletic program a rare opportunity to make history. Football coach Charlie Strong, who first upset mighty Florida in the Sugar Bowl and then turned down a multi-million dollar offer to coach at Tennessee to stay at Louisville, was excited to share the news:
Louisville is the 1st school since 2004 with both Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams in the National Championship in the same year. #L1C4
— Charlie Strong (@CharlieStrongUL) April 8, 2013
Even more importantly, UConn’s 2004 teams stand as the only year in the history of college basketball that both men’s and women’s teams took home the top prize. Thus, Louisville basketball, in its final year in the Big East, would be joining an extremely exclusive club.
What have they been putting in the water in the Loo?