Aztecs get a glimpse at coach’s earlier life
Over the last four seasons, the Big East has gone 43-29 during March Madness and placed four teams in the Final Four.
This year, the conference placed a record 11 teams in the tournament, a sign as much about the conference’s strength as its size. It means there’s a pretty good chance that any Big East team will have seen at least some version of its NCAA opponent at some point during conference play.
“The team we’re playing reminds me of a hybrid of Villanova and Marquette,” Pitino said of the second-round matchup against Morehead State.
The Cardinals lost to Connecticut in the final of the Big East tournament Saturday. UConn played five games in five days. Louisville, because it was seeded higher, only had to play three times, but all games were late starts. That kind of grueling schedule is proof, Pitino said, that playing deep into the conference tournament isn’t necessarily a benefit.
“Wouldn’t surprise me to see everybody advance, wouldn’t surprise me to see three or four teams lose,” Pitino said. “I hope we’re not one of them.”
GENIUS AT WORK: Bucknell senior guard G.W. Boon is a long shot to make it in the NBA, but work as a biomedical engineer should provide him with a comfortable living after his college days are over.
Boon spent last summer doing research with Geisinger Medical Center to design a special pacifier that can be used to extract DNA from babies.
His focus this week, however, is to milk a couple more games out of a career in which he has averaged 20 minutes and 7.5 points.
Boon and Bucknell open against Big East champion Connecticut, no small task for the Patriot League winners.
“It’s a very big challenge for us, definitely,” Boon said. “They had a great run in their conference tournament, and congratulations to them for that. But it’s just another tournament. We had a great run as well.”
“They’ve contacted him,” Donovan said, on the eve of Florida’s opening game in the NCAA Tournament in Tampa. “I think they have definite interest in him. In my conversation with their AD it’s probably at a point right now where they are probably going to go through a process of looking at three or four different people, and I think Richard is in that mix.