LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the defending national champions have a chance at being a "mini-dynasty."
After back-to-back Big East championships, Pitino believes the Cardinals can carry that momentum over to their lone season in the upstart American Athletic Conference. Louisville heads to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.
Winning the reorganized league could also propel Louisville toward a third straight Final Four and maybe consecutive NCAA titles. The Cardinals certainly have a chance to accomplish both goals with a returning nucleus led by leading scorer Russ Smith and a veteran front-court featuring Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell.
They've also added some promising newcomers in their quest for a fourth national title.