The Louisville Cardinals captured the unhinged spirit of the Big East tournament in the final game in its history before conference realignment tears it apart, turning a 16-point second-half deficit into a 78-61 win over the Syracuse Orange on Saturday night.
The Cardinals, which trailed 35-22 at halftime and 45-29 with 15:50 to play, went from down and nearly dead to better than ever—they looked like a national championship team—in a matter of minutes Saturday. A 27-3 run helped expedite that process, as 27-3 runs are often wont to do.
Over at Card Chronicle, Mike Rutherford was nearly speechless.
We've seen some improbable things over the past few years, but Louisville turning a 16-point second half deficit into a 17-point win...in the Garden...against Syracuse...for the last Big East championship...that ranks right up there at the top.
The Syracuse side of the story was best told - beginning with a killer headline - by Sean Keeley's post at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician: Louisville 78 - Syracuse 61: Well, At Least We Beat Georgetown.