Pitino and the University of Louisville Cardinals play Division I basketball
in the Big East Conference.
Cardinals have made 38 NCAA appearances making it all the way to the Final Four
eight times but claiming the title only twice.
In 2008 they advanced to the Elite
8 as the #3 seed in the East, but were defeated by the tournament #1 overall seed,
biggest rivalry is with the University of Kentucky Wildcats. The
Battle for the Bluegrass is what anyone from Kentucky calls basketball. Fueling
the rivalry, UofL's head coach, Rick Pitino, is the former Wildcat's coach!
Garcia, from The Bronx, was recruited to play professional basketball in 2005.
He forfeited his senior year for his big shot at pro ball and currently plays
for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA. Another
former Cardinals player that also started his NBA career with the Kings is Pervis
"Never Nervous" Ellison.
More about Louisville Cardinals basketball around the Web:
- Louisville Cardinals - Sports Illustrated comprehensive team page for
University of Louisville Cards men's basketball team. The roster, standings, stats,
rankings, game-by-game, conference page and conference scores not to mention great