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The look said it all. The Sweet 16 isn't supposed to be that easy, but Friday, the top-seeded Cardinals proved why the NCAA selection committee made Louisville the tournament's No. 1 overall seed. "Everything we tried," Williams said, "worked."
As they rolled to a 103-64 victory [
So efficient was Louisville that when the Cardinals walked into the locker room up 49-28 at the half, Coach
Pitino's only beef was with some of his backups, who got carried away and began dunking in the waning minutes. Pitino opened his postgame press conference with an apology to Arizona. Then he poured on the praise. "We've had some really good Sweet 16 games," Pitino said. "But this was a dominating offensive performance, fed off of defense and passing."
Undoubtedly, Pitino will ratchet up the intensity on a team with a nucleus that came one classic
Meanwhile, the Wildcats can rest after a tumultuous five-month span that began in October with the abrupt resignation of their lonftime coach,
"This is the best team ever since I've been here," Hill said. "We've been through a lot of ups and downs and people doubting us -- people saying we shouldn't have been in the tournament. Now we've made it to the Sweet 16 and played against the No. 1 team in the tournament, so it's a real blessing and a really good feeling."
A reporter asked Pennell about his own "uncertain future." "It's pretty certain," Pennell cracked. Beyond the obvious, Pennell declined to speculate on his future. "This has been an incredible year," Pennell said. "And the guys did exactly what I asked them to do -- to put all their own agendas on hold for 2008-09. And I did the same thing. What we need to do is enjoy the season for a day or two and then we'll all move forward and see where that takes us."
The Cardinals know where they're going -- to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season. And though guard