INDIANAPOLIS -- Andre McGee grabbed a tire, tied a rope around it and then tied the other end of the rope around his waist. He dragged that tire up and down a track in Southern California all summer, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal in its Sunday morning edition.
Jerry Smith bought a jump rope. Then Smith danced and worked with that jump rope as if he was training to fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.
Earl Clark asked Ellis Myles, a veteran of the University of Louisville's 2005 NCAA Final Four run, to meet him in the gymnasium several days a week. He asked Myles to make him tougher. Clark asked Myles to make him the kind of player that could push another Louisville team into the Final Four.
Today is the day to complete that push. Today is the day to earn a reward for the sweat invested in that tire, that jump rope, those bruising sessions with Myles and the extra running this team committed to at 6 a.m. in August and September.
Today is the day the University of Louisville basketball team plays Michigan State at 2:20 p.m. in the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The winner plays next Saturday at the NCAA Final Four in Detroit. The loser? Don't ask. The loser stirs the same feelings that were stirred last season when these two teams were stopped one game (U of L) or two games (Michigan State) short of the 2008 Final Four, reports The Louisville Courier-Journal.
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