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9 Leftovers from the National Championship

Now that we are closing in on the 24-hour mark of last night sinking in, I thought we might be due for a few leftover thoughts on the national championship game and the surrounding hoopla. Feel free to dive in on any of the following topics:

1) Did anyone else catch the cleverly placed shot of Tubby Smith and Ben Howland shaking hands during “One Shining Moment?” The two were shown at the exact point when the lyrics “but time is short” sang out. In case you’ve been living under a rock, both coaches were fired shortly after the losses of their teams in this year’s tournament. Zing?

2) Everyone seemed especially thrilled with the nature of last night’s national championship. Often times national championships showcase teams playing a bit tight, or one team clearly being superior to the other. At other times, the defense from both teams is stifling, causing every posession to be an all out battle. Last night was a free flowing, offensively driven game. The first 5 minutes went by as fast as any 5 minutes I can remember all season long. The saying has always gone that “Defense wins championships,” but that simply wasn’t the case this year. Even though Louisville entered the tournament known for its smothering defense, both Louisville and Michigan experienced great stretches of success on offense last night.

If defense is not always the key, here are 2 things that do seem critically important:

   a) Having AT LEAST one 3-point shooter— The 3-point shot is basketball’s great equalizer. The 3-point shot can spur a runaway lead, or be the tool used to erase a huge lead. Last night was the perfect example. Spike Albrecht and Luke Hancock single handidly carried their teams at different points last night.

   b) Having some semblance of a halfcourt offense— Rick Pitino said it in his post-game press conference and it’s true: you have to have a functional and productive halfcourt offense. Pitino admitted that Hancock was a huge reason why Louisville’s halfcourt offense became more effective late in the season. Even teams that love to run have to be able to execute in the halfcourt setting.


3) One of my favorite things happening last night on Twitter was when people retweeted old tweets from Spike Albrecht during the game. His tweet this morning was even better:

@KateUpton: hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for comign out! Hope to see you again ; )

I mean, why not? When is Spike Albrecht’s stock going to be any higher?


4) College basketball officiating is not good.


5) Can we finally do away with the whole “your fans aren’t classy” thing? Last year after Kentucky won the national championship, many Louisville fans took solace in making fun of the Big Blue Nation for things such as burning couches, setting fire to cars, etc. The catch phrase most often used was that “Kentucky fans have no class.” Last night, the celebrations in Louisville blew up the police scanners as well. Stabbings, trash bin fires, couch fires, etc.

Can we all please just agree that every single fan base has a few idiots and just call it a day? Alcohol + excitement + big groups = someone is going to do something embarrassing. Let’s not use it as a tool against one another, okay? Deal? Deal.


6) COACHING MATTERS. Just ask John Beilein or 1 of his 29 assistants shown huddled together at halftime. Somehow between the 30 of them, no one was able to realize that Michigan had not yet committed enough fouls to put Louisville in the bonus. As a result, Michigan spent 30 seconds of wasted time chasing around the ball before fouling the guy they wanted on the line– Gorgui Dieng. One problem. Michigan still had 1 foul to give. Beilein admitted after the game that he had no idea about the foul situation and that the clock management and fouling strategy would have been different. I don’t even put that on him. That’s what your assistant coaches are getting paid to do. How did no one know that? IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME? I know, I know. It’s a small detail. But those kinds of details can be the difference between a national championship and getting the 2nd most clips in “One Shining Moment.”

John Robic would have known. That’s all I’m saying.


7) Youth can win. At one point last night, Michigan had 5 freshmen on the court… and they were playing well. Kentucky has already proven that you can win a national championship with key contributions from a core group of freshmen. Michigan came within a few minutes of proving that last night as well. There isn’t a particular formula for what kind of make-up a team needs when it comes to veterans/youth in order to win. Kentucky and Louisville own the last 2 national championships and the make-up of both teams was quite different. If you want to devise a formula, start with good coaching and good playmakers.


8) Kentucky/Louisville > Duke/North Carolina … At least for now. Until proven otherwise…


*9*) Maybe next year Michigan. Nah, just kidding. That’ll be us.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

44 Comments for 9 Leftovers from the National Championship

  1. RichmondCatFan
    6:06 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Dominique Hawkins to UK. Tomorrow morning. I’m so excited for this young man. He is so humble and so talented. Even though he is only listed as a three star player he is so much more skilled than that and he will get minutes off of the bench next year. Mark. My. Words.

  2. drew franklin is a douche
    6:07 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Whewa! i just realized that last night never happened b/c louisville doesnt exist!

  3. Good news
    6:09 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink


  4. DX
    6:12 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    The University of Louisville Cardinals, your 2013 champs. And if you aint down with that, we got two words for ya. Suck it!!!!!

  5. Kanye West
    6:14 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ayo Louisville, I’mma let you finish… But UK 2012 had one of the best teams of all time.

  6. EasternKYHick
    6:15 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    What is this? Matt told us all Rick was finished and Cal would force him into early retirement. He promised all his sheep we would not have to worry about rick or the dirty birds again. We get all our talking points from this site and are not capable of thinking for ourselves. Tell us what to do Matt.

  7. Yep
    6:15 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    4., Sorry can’t take your advice. Louisville has a monopoly on sucking things.

  8. LouisvilleCityOfficer
    6:16 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I work for the city of louisville and we only made 30 arrest related to celebrating, and that was out of three areas in the city. They consisted of AI and DC , one of our officers was hit with abottle and we had to use peppeball gun on campus area. Nothing more than three area main streets just with large crowds . Nothing like lexington, we got our response plan from your disturbance which was off the chain.

  9. theSkinny81
    6:17 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    4 – Good job, little buddy! Your AS GOOD as UConn now!!!

  10. theSkinny81
    6:19 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    *you’re… whatever.

  11. Michael F. Jox
    6:25 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ally, you get an A-, good work. You’re a way better writer than that Louisville City Officer.

  12. harry
    6:26 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    stay classy lexington

  13. UK3K
    6:29 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Lots of haters hatin’ even after they won it all. It’s fun as hell to have UK live rent-free in so many tardinal fans.

    Bottom line: Louisville has ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be little bro.

  14. DownForTheCount!
    6:34 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    If the refs had called it like they did in the 97′ Championship when we lost to AZ in OT, the result would have been very different. Maybe Nolan Richardson’s Arky thug/mug style of play from a few year’s prior had something to do with it, or maybe not. Either way, hope the NCAA cleans up the game some before next season. If not, then sanction fist fights and have a penalty box instead – if your going to be an enabler, then might as well push it all the way!

  15. L1C4
    6:35 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    UofL and Pitino proved that with a little coaching, you can win big with actual college kids. You don’t need runners, rappers, agents or pimps to hand deliver you NBA players to win a ring. Well, unless you can’t coach. Then you need all you can get. Maybe Cow will bring in enough All Americans to beat Bobby Morris in the NIT next year. Cal would have lost 12 games if he coached this uofl team. Not enough NBA ringers on the team for Cow’s liking.

  16. Rae
    6:37 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    6. To be fair, he doesn’t exactly look at the peak of health.

  17. Billy Bob Cayut Fan
    6:39 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    14) You is rite. Them rayufs woned the game for those birds. Dadburn rayufs!!! The rayufs!!!

  18. Rae
    6:47 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    15. You do realize your guys are going to the NBA. You didn’t win with scrubs. Coming out of high school, weren’t Siva and Dieng burger boys themselves? And it was a down year for talent. We had a down year. You all won. It doesn’t mean Cal can’t coach, any more than losing to Morehead State in the first round two years ago proved Pitino couldn’t coach. Down years happen. Roy Williams had one in 2010. It took Pitino 12 years to finally have a championship team, in a down talent year. Congrats, but it isn’t like you are on top every year. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

    Why does it matter whether they graduate? Athletes study easy subjects so they can play sports. Communications degrees are worthless nowadays. It happens everywhere. These NBA guys have to go somewhere. Pitino recruits them too; he just stunts their development. Behanan was highly touted out of high school too. Pitino takes fairly talented kids now and slows their development so it looks like he’s winning big with less, when if they had played for someone else they could have been pro already.

  19. BlueFins
    6:48 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #8 Thanks Barney Fife, I’ll feel much safer in the city with you on the job.

  20. Catlanta
    6:51 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    18) Dieng was not a burger boy, Siva was. Siva was ranked in the 30’s or so. Not exactly one and done.

  21. catmedic
    6:52 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    19. go bail your momma out of jail

  22. Observation
    6:52 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re a coach, if an opposing team puts in a white kid don’t you think you should guard him outside the arc? He didn’t bring books with him to the gym, so you know he’s going to jack up 3’s.

  23. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    6:57 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Denzel Ware decommitted.

  24. Jwall2
    6:57 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Please just look at the picture in this link. Says Russ smith is announcing to nba with Noel dunking on him!!! Go Cats!!!

  25. mudcreekmark
    7:07 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Did anyone else see the graphic after the game showing Pitino had won a national championship at two schools …………KU and UofL. ESPN always seems to make these kinds of mistakes when it comes to UK. It is like they didn’t want to acknowledge anything UK. You cannot tell me they didn’t do this on purpose.

  26. WKYblue
    7:18 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know how many 5 star recruits its gonna take for us to win the NC next year but I know how many we are gonna use. BBN.

  27. Ace
    7:19 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville will be in the final four and then the question will be is can calipariI out coach pitino. I am true blue fan but pitino can out coach cal three to one.

  28. Ryan
    7:20 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Just because Duke/Carolina didnt win titles the last two years in NO WAY means this rivalry is better. NEVER would you see Duke or Carolina fans CHEER for eachother in the national title game because they’re “from the same state”. That’s not a rivalry. That’s friendly competition. Why don’t they just start calling that game a soccer friendly?

  29. Zach
    7:21 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    In this post, officiating being awful should be number 1 on the list. I have never seen a team like Louisville get bailed out countless times. In the FF it wasn’t so much that the stinking Dirty Birds were actually playing good but more they were relying on terrible officiating.

  30. Actually
    7:22 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    24) actually if you look in the background that’s clearly against auburn. Not sure why they posted the top draft prospect video with Russ smith going pro. He is t even mentioned in the video

  31. mudcreekmark
    7:24 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t care how much you may hate UofL, you have to give Pitino credit, he is a great coach. One of the all time best if not “the” best. He had his run with UK going to back to back championship games and now he has taken UofL to back to back final fours. I haven’t heard anyone bring up the subject, but he has to be the only coach to take 2 different teams to back to back final fours. When he was at UK I always said, he could take his team and beat yours and then turn around and take your team and beat his.

  32. huh?
    7:30 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    31 – when did Pitino take 2 different teams to back to back final fours?

  33. huh?
    7:32 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    31 – never mind. I see what you mean. I first thought you meant year 1 he took school A and in year 2 he took school B.

  34. Another27years
    7:46 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if Ricky P will need to rethink his team’s style of play with ACC officiating next season – just a thought.

  35. Ryan
    7:51 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    26) that’s pretty funny but Ron White just called and wants his joke back when you’re done with it. Just kidding man. That was great! Go Big Blue!!!

  36. niaps
    7:53 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    After watching the turd birds win last night I am wondering one thing. Why don’t all coaches play defense like UL. I mean if grabbing, pushing, slapping, and just general hacking can go on without fouls then why not everyone do it. It was totally sickening to see so many fouls that were not called but just down right ignored. But wait, the very clean blocked shot by Burk was called a foul now wasn’t it. I guess that makes up for all the fouls the red turds got away with. Either officiating is really terrible in college or the fix is on. Make your own judgement on that one. Also the 3 second lane violation does not exist in college since out of a whole season of watching I only seen it called one time. Don’t get me started on charge or blocks that is out of the realm of understanding. An NCAA national title on the line and the officials miss an obvious goal tending on who else but UL. Go figure. Anyone else catch any of that?

  37. WKYblue
    7:59 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    #35. Thanks. Ron said he wasn’t using it tonite n to throw it out there if I wanted to.

  38. mudcreekmark
    8:32 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    36)If you will remember when Pitino was here he pretty much said that they cannot call all of the fouls while they are playing like that and he is right. Think about it, the refs aren’t going to call a foul every single possession.Thus, they get away with a lot of contact just like we did when he coached us.

  39. usedmyrealnameBrian
    8:52 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    I am glad Loservull got this NC out of the way because if history holds true, I won’t have to worry about another one for about 27 yrs.

  40. Pamola
    8:54 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hey # 27, Coach Cal and Coach Pitino were both in the Final Four last year…………UK won….Coach Cal won!!!!!! I think Pitino is a good coach, that being said, I think he was at his prime (no pun intended) while he was at UK. I agree with another poster, he had to coach at U of L 12 years to get to the Championship game. I work with a U of L fan who wanted him fired because of that, and now he loves him all of a sudden. 12 years is a long time to coach and just now get to the title game if you’re a GREAT coach. Just saying!!!!!!

  41. matt
    8:59 pm April 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ah yes….I was wondering if anyone else in the crowd caught the coaching shot during one shining moment. …well played CBS.

  42. No Rival
    5:52 am April 10, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky v. Louisville is not a rivalry. It is a love fest with band wagon UK fans pulling to keep it in the State of Kentuckiana. North Carolina – Duke will always be the top draw game because they are rivals.

  43. cardi nal bird
    1:26 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    I hope you can make it through all the celebrations little bro! This is my second favorite cardinal blog

  44. Unboltedharp
    6:13 pm April 10, 2013 Permalink

    42, you are an idiot. Bandwagon fans wear red and all that new red crap will be laying in the bottom of a closet by derby.