Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Louisville hails champs, runnersup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — They haven't stopped partying in Louisville as the NCAA champion men's team and runnerup women's squad were welcomed at the KFC Yum Center on Wednesday.

A near-capacity crowd thanked Cardinals players and coaches for providing one of the most satisfying weeks ever, the men delivering Louisville's first championship in 27 years with an 82-76 win Monday over Michigan in Atlanta.

Both programs responded with expressions of gratitude, allowing coach Rick Pitino the final word. Hoarse from a Final Four that included his election to the Hall of Fame and his second title, Pitino asked, "Wouldn't it be great if we somehow got back to Dallas?" for next year's championship.

The stage featured the crystal ball trophy centered in a display that included both Big East trophies and the women's runnerup trophy.

One of the biggest ovations was for guard Kevin Ware, whose horrific right leg break in the Midwest Region final made him a sentimental hero. He reached the steps without crutches before grabbing them to get to his chair, his words drowned out by cheers. Fans didn't forget the women making a memorable charge, highlighted by an 82-81 upset of defending champ Baylor.

UConn eyes more celebrations: With heralded freshman Breanna Stewart, sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and most of the team that won an eighth women's title back, this could be the next great Huskies era under coach Geno Auriemma.

"We feel like all we can go is up from here," said Mosqueda-Lewis, who scored 18 in the 93-60 rout of Louisville on Tuesday in New Orleans.

Auriemma didn't want to look ahead, but said of Stewart: "Stewie certainly is different than any other college player that's playing right now."

More than 2,000 fans welcomed the Huskies back during a celebration in Storrs on Wednesday, with signs including several marriage proposals for players.

Hoosier leads New pack going pro: Indiana 7-footer Cody Zeller, Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams and Missouri guard Phil Pressey were the latest standout underclassmen to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Zeller, a sophomore who led the Hoosiers in scoring (16.5) and rebounding (8.1), was a second-team All-American and is projected as a top-10 pick. "I kind of knew it might be my last year, so I enjoyed every minute of it," Zeller said.

Florida: Forward Will Yeguete may have a second knee surgery this offseason to correct problems that arose during the NCAA Tournament, coach Billy Donovan said. Yeguete, who will be a senior, missed six games after surgery to repair floating bone chips in his right knee. Donovan said pain and swelling, which kept Yeguete out of practice before two NCAA Tournament games, raised concerns about additional surgery.

Frozen Four: College hockey's showcase event will be staged in Pittsburgh in a week of firsts. The Frozen Four has never been to western Pennsylvania. And three of the four teams — Massachusetts Lowell, St. Cloud State and Quinnipiac — have never been to the national semifinals. The fourth member, Yale, hasn't been this far in 61 years. "We were kind of in awe," said Riley Wetmore, captain for Massachusetts Lowell, which plays Yale at 4:30 p.m. today, followed by Quinnipiac-St. Cloud State at 8 (both on ESPN2). The winners meet at 7 p.m. Saturday to produce a first-time champion.

More Colleges: The USF baseball team (19-14) extended its winning streak to five games by beating visiting UCF (18-16) 9-3. … The host Gators softball team (39-4) beat the Bulls (32-12) 9-1.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

Louisville hails champs, runnersup 04/10/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 10:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Twice the talent: IMG football expands to two teams this fall

    Footballpreps

    BRADENTON — When IMG Academy fielded its first varsity football team in 2013, there were 78 players on the roster. Since then, the roster has nearly doubled. With no junior varsity it was difficult for some to find playing time, and players do not come to IMG to sit the bench.

    The solution? Start another …

    Tre'von Riggins is a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive lineman who transferred from Lakewood High to IMG Academy in Bradenton.
  2. Rays power way to 5-1 win over Orioles on eve of crucial road trip

    The Heater

    St. PETERSBURG — The Rays didn't get many hits in the early going Wednesday, but they got a couple that went a long way and that was enough to beat the Orioles, 5-1.

    Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) hugs catcher Jesus Sucre (45) after Souza's solo home run in the seventh inning. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. 'That's not me': Jaguars' Dante Fowler apologizes for arrest

    Blogs

    Former Lakewood High and Gators star Dante Fowler, now a defensive end with the Jacksonville Jaguars, spoke Wednesday for the first time since his arrest in St. Petersburg last week, apologizing to his team and fans.

    Dante Fowler faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and criminal mischief from his arrest, and entered a written plea of "not guilty" on Tuesday.
  4. Bucs' Josh Huff has DUI citation dismissed, attorney says

    Blogs

    Bucs receiver Josh Huff continues to resolve the legal issues that cost him a job with the Eagles last year, as the DUI citation against him was dismissed Tuesday, according to his attorney.

    Bucs receiver Josh Huff makes a first-down catch against the Saints, one of three games he played in for Tampa Bay last season.
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 21-30

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA - Jesuit linebacker Anthony Nelson will help lead the Tigers into the 2017 season. Taken 5-17-17 by Scott Purks