Wildcats beat Cardinals 69-61
Louisville coach Rick Pitino showed why he’s a master tactician. It still wasn’t enough to beat Kentucky.
Relying on offensive rebounding and Pitino’s savvy, Louisville kept it close before fading in a 69-61 loss to in-state rival Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday night.
“They offensive rebounded against us better than any team we played this year,” Wildcats coach John Calipari said. “They never stopped playing. They got up into our bodies, created turnovers and gave themselves a chance to win.”
Louisville just ran out of steam and scheme as Kentucky stretched the lead in the closing minutes to send the Cardinals back to the Bluegrass state two wins short of their goal.