NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisville coach Rick Pitino is taking a
stance that'll probably make some Cardinals fans cringe: He's
backing Kentucky in the NCAA national final.
Shortly after Louisville fell 69-61 to the Wildcats in the Final
Four on Saturday night, Pitino said he hopes the Wildcats "bring
it home for the state."
Pitino says he's well aware of the animosity fans of both teams
have for one another and even made reference to a story about
elderly kidney dialysis patients who got into a fist fight over the
rivalry. The Louisville coach, who also coached at Kentucky in the
1990s, says "those that have brains, they root for each other."
Pitino says the Cardinals like Kentucky coach John Calipari's
team and he told Calipari he'd be pulling for him Monday night.