For the third time in four years, Rick Pitino has guided the Louisville Cardinals to the final of the Big East tournament. They won the 2009 tournament en route to a No. 1 seed and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, but last season, they were merely another one of Kemba Walker's victims. On Saturday, they face the surprising Cincinnati Bearcats.
Cincinnati has been excellent in their last two games, winning close contests against Georgetown and likely No. 1 seed Syracuse. They have already improved their NCAA Tournament seed by a couple of lines with those two victories, but they'll rise even further if they can win the tournament title. Louisville has been inconsistent this year, but they're getting hot at the right time. They have three wins against quality teams in this tournament already as they had to go through Seton Hall, Marquette and Notre Dame to get here.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 10, 9:00 p.m. ET
You can find a complete Big East Tournament bracket here.
For more on the two teams, head over to Cincinnati Bearcats blog Down The Drive and Louisville Cardinals blog Card Chronicle. For more on the entire tournament, head over to Big East Coast Bias and keep it on our Big East Tournament StoryStream.