Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino is having a heck of a week. So far this week, he has seen his son get a major college coaching gig, been named as a future inductee to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and made his way back to the National Championship game.
The only thing that can help make this week better is for Pitino to win his second National Title, which would be his first since his time with the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1995-96 season.
Tonight’s game has a lot at stake for both teams. The Michigan Wolverines are looking to establish the program as a legit power-player, absolve Chris Webber and propel them even further into national relevancy, which they haven’t had since the Fab Five.
For the Cardinals, however, it has much more to with their head coach than it does with the program. The program itself is solid, already established and won’t be negatively altered if they were to lose. If they were to win, though, Pitino would continue to climb the list of all-time coaching greats. Already a lock to be a Hall of Famer, only enhancing his established legacy is all that is left.
Can Pitino win his second title tonight? You bet, although if he were to fail, I wouldn’t count him out of making any future appearances. This probably won’t be Pitino’s last chance to win another title, but this might end up being the best team to do it with.