Louisville rallies past Florida to reach Final Four

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As for whether he thought a comeback was possible, especially playing the final 4 minutes without Siva on the floor? Well, Pitino did say in the lead-up to this game that the 1987 trip to the Final Four made him believe anything’s possible.

This is his first trip back since 2005, when Louisville also played a clunker of a first half against West Virginia — but rallied for an improbable win.

This one had a different feel at the end, because this one was between family.

The coaches shared a quick hug at center court after the final buzzer.

“I said, ‘Billy, I feel bad. I feel terrible, man,’” Pitino said. “He said, ‘Are you kidding me, Coach? I am so happy for you.’ That just doesn’t happen in this world.”

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