Archived Story

KU and UK join Final 4 party

Published 11:18am Monday, March 26, 2012

Two games. Two rematches.

One Final Four repeat is between Kentucky and Louisville, teams that know each other all too well. The other has Kansas facing Ohio State, teams that had more or less been strangers until this season.

Earlier in the season, Kentucky beat Louisville 69-62, handing a loss to Rick Pitino, the coach who once led the Wildcats, but left for the NBA, only to return down the road to lead their in-state rivals. Kansas defeated Ohio State 78-67 in a game the Buckeyes played without their star, forward Jared Sullinger.

“You know if you get this far you’re going to play a great team, no matter what,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

It was Pitino who restored Kentucky to its former greatness when he arrived there in 1989 and the Wildcat program was coming off the sting of NCAA violations.

Pitino took the program to three Final Fours and won one championship, but left in 1997 to take a second shot at the NBA.

He fared far worse in four seasons with the Boston Celtics, and when the call back to the college game came, it was from Louisville, located only 70 miles up the road from Lexington and very much in the crosshairs of Kentucky fans.

Editor's Picks

Landfill fee to start for non-FF residents

Non-Fergus Falls residents looking to get rid of tree waste at the Fergus Falls landfill will have to pay for it on an interim basis ... Read more

State’s first handicapped canoe dock in FF park

Through the cooperative efforts of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Department and the City of Fergus Falls, Veterans Park has a new ADA Canoe/Kayak ... Read more

Attempted robbery report was false [UPDATED]

The report of two men trying to rob a 15-year-old boy Sunday night in an alley on Lincoln Avenue was not true, according to Fergus ... Read more