There are those Kentucky fans that are rooting for Louisville to bring the trophy back to the Commonwealth and there are those, like myself, rooting for Wichita State tomorrow night.
The only consolation for Kentucky fans this week? Being able to say that the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team defeated the Louisville Cardinals on the road at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville on Tuesday evening.
For the rest of the weekend, however, it is torture for UK fans living in Louisville. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has declared today Cardinal Red Day. I’m sorry but I am not wearing any red today. I’m not even making an exception for my beloved St. Louis Cardinals, of which I cover for FanSided at Redbird Rants. Not today. Today, I have opted to wear the 2012 National Championship shirt that I bought just over a year ago at Fan Outfitters.
If there is anything that I do want to see happen, it would be a positive thing for both Kentucky and Louisville fans: the long overdue induction of Rick Pitino into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Pitino is one of very few coaches to have coached 3 different teams to the Final Four. Pitino led Providence, Kentucky and Louisville. There is another coach to have done so and he is currently coaching in Lexington but the NCAA has said that two of those Final Four appearances never happened. It doesn’t take away from his accomplishments because he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NCAA.
The Hall of Fame announcement will not come until Monday at 11 AM Eastern on NBA TV. I fully expect that Rick Pitino will be elected for induction.
As for me? Come tomorrow evening, I will be rabidly rooting for the Wichita State Shockers to keep doing what they are doing–shocking the other teams in the tournament. The Shockers are the only 9 seed to make a Final Four appearance. The lowest seeded teams to have done so include the 11-seeded LSU (1986), George Mason (2006), and VCU (2011). The lowest seeded teams to advance to the championship game are Butler and Villanova, both of which were an 8 seed.