LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fans poured into the streets to celebrate Louisville's NCAA championship win over Michigan, throwing all-night parties that became so raucous police in riot gear used pepper spray to break them up.
ATLANTA — In the charmed, heaven-blessed life of Rick Pitino, it is raining lottery tickets.
ATLANTA — Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most.
There are times when he is driving, twisting, whirling, that you think Russ Smith is going one-on-one against the world. It is in those moments of great energy, when Smith seems to see nothing but the rim, no defenders, no teammates, no crowd, that he seems determined to win games all by himself.
ATLANTA — Russ Smith has a reputation for being a little, shall we say, out there. He has never met a shot he didn't like, and his antics drove coach Rick Pitino to distraction his first year at Louisville.