The Cards face Morehead State Thursday at 1:40pm Eastern time. Kentucky also opens tournament play Thursday; the Wildcats face Princeton at approximately 2:45pm in Tampa, Florida.
“They play extremely hard with a lot of energy and passion. Our players have watched them now and have tremendous respect for what they do,” said U of L Coach Rick Pitino. The Cards take on the Eagles
Thursday in Denver in the NCAA tournament.
The win gives Connecticut an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament next week. U of L is expected to receive an at-large bid when the pairings are announced Sunday evening.
The Cards are seeded third in the 16 team tournament and will play either Marquette, Providence or West Virginia in the 9:00pm game Thursday.
“Twenty years from now your children—keep the footage—your children will be able to laugh about it. It’s very comical now, but don’t do it again,” Pitino told Jordan Alcazar in a phone call.
Preston Knowles and George Goode will be honored prior to Wednesday’s home finale against Providence. Tipoff is at 7:00pm. The Cards finish out their regular season Saturday at West Virginia.
Coach Rick Pitino says he’s happy with the Cards’ progress despite an injury-plagued season, and his team is the healthiest it’s been all year.
The convictions carry a maximum sentence of 26 years in prison, but Sypher is expected to receive a lighter punishment under federal sentencing guidelines.
Butler was last season’s NCAA tournament runner-up. The Cards won their two preseason exhibitions. Butler opened its season last week with an 83-54 win over Marian.
“Fortunately, reasonable minds came to the decision to put it on the river, and as you look at the place when you get inside, you realize what a great site it is,” said U of L men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino.