Louisville celebrates success of men's, women's teams

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They haven’t stopped partying in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino addresses a gathering of fans during a celebration at the KFC Yum! Center.  TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino addresses a gathering of fans during a celebration at the KFC Yum! Center.

The latest celebration was held Wednesday as the NCAA champion Cardinals’ men’s team and runner-up women’s squad received heroes’ welcomes at the KFC Yum! Center.

A near-capacity crowd awash in red thanked players and coaches for providing one of the most satisfying weeks ever with both playing for titles and the men delivering Louisville’s first championship in 27 years.

Men’s coach Rick Pitino drew a huge cheer by asking, “Wouldn’t it be great if we somehow got back to Dallas?” for next year’s championship.

GOING PRO: Indiana 7-footer Cody Zeller and a pair of point guards are among the latest standout underclassmen to enter the NBA Draft.

Joining Zeller were Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams and Missouri’s Phil Pressey.

Zeller, a 7-foot sophomore who led the Hoosiers in scoring (16.5 points) and rebounding (8.1), was a second-team All-American and is projected to be a top-10 pick in the draft.

The 6-foot-6 Carter-Williams started all 40 games for the Orange this season. He finished fifth nationally in assist average (7.3) and fourth in steals (2.78) among Division I players, and also averaged 11.9 points.

Pressey, a 5-foot-11 guard, averaged 11.9 points, 7.1 assists and 1.8 steals.

VANDERBILT: Coach Kevin Stallings says he has an effective way to get his players’ attention without putting his hands on them.

He kicks a basketball as hard and high as he can to make his point – without touching anyone.

Stallings was one of a trio of coaches who took part Wednesday in a panel discussion on Integrity in Sports at Belmont University.

and Rutgers coach Mike Rice was a hot topic.

Seeing only snippets of the video showing Rice shoving players at Rutgers and throwing basketballs at them left Stallings embarrassed for the coaching profession.

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