LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — University of Louisville coach said last month that, with the school having self-imposed a postseason ban, there was no way he could watch the NCAA Tournament -- it would be too painful.

But on Tuesday in a blog post at RickPitino.net, he said he watched parts of a first-round game and got hooked.

Pitino said he got “completely immersed in every game, with the exception of Indiana vs. Kentucky. I attended the Pacers-Thunder game (coached by Billy Donovan) at the same time.”

The tournament sucks us all back in. Ratings in Louisville have been healthy — though this season will be the first NCAA Sweet Sixteen not to feature Louisville or Kentucky since 2007.

Indiana remains alive, however, as do some potential Cinderellas.

“It has been more than madness this year,” Pitino said. “The unpredictability of it all has made every prognosticator look like he’s never watched a basketball game.”

Pitino writes more about the NCAA Tournament, then gives a player-by-player rundown of next season’s team, in the most recent post, which may be read here.

Pitino did not address the news that signee Frankie Hughes has been released from his letter of intent.

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