LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two days before facing the University of Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said he couldn't name a single Cardinals' player.
That didn't sit too well with some U of L players, who etched their names into the national consciousness even more Saturday with an 82-56 pounding of Colorado State.
And Eustachy was effusive in his postgame praise. When he saw his lifelong friend Tom Jurich in a corridor prior to his news conference, he expressed how impressed he was with the Cardinals, then said, "Buckle up."
"We caught as well coached a team as I've ever played against, and I think that's saying something," Eustachy said. "I don't want to put the pressure on Rick and his guys, but they're special. I think they're a special group. They need a little luck like everybody does to win it all, but that's as impressive a team as I've been against. . . . I've been back to the great Kansas teams. They're just special. . . . I'm telling you, they were well prepared and I can't say enough about Coach Pitino -- and how he gets his guys to play for 40 minutes as impressive is as I've ever seen."