Here's some inspiration courtesy of Mike DeCourcy.
Louisville? You just know Rick Pitino's got one more big one in him, don't you? More than a decade has passed since he coached the greatest NCAA basketball team of the post-Wooden era, 1996 Kentucky, to his only championship. And now he's got • well, he's got a very promising team. But it's a team with still the same basic issue in place as existed one year ago.
Is the point guard play good enough to produce a title?
Will the point guard, whether it's Andre McGee or Edgar Sosa, need to lead the team as well as run it? There's not a David Padgett around to lead the Cardinals. Forward Terrence Williams certainly is a talker, but is he a leader?
And there's one more thing: The guy who needs to elevate this team from Elite Eight level to three more huge victories, Earl Clark, averaged 11 points last year. That's not going to get it done. If he doesn't have another five to seven per game in him, the Cards will not catch Carolina.