Shockers not surprising Louisville coach Pitino

Rick Pitino
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino celebrates after Louisville defeated Duke 85-63 in the Midwest Regional final in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — Wichita State hasn’t surprised Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

The Shockers (30-8) face the top-seeded Cardinals (33-5) in the Final Four on Saturday night in Atlanta, just the fifth time a team seeded ninth or greater has reached the national semifinals since seeding began in 1979.

Pitino, though, said he was talking to his son at the onset of the tournament about teams that had a chance of making the Final Four, and Wichita State popped into their heads.

Pitino said he sees similarities between the Shockers and the 1987 Providence team he took to the Final Four, though he conceded, “Wichita State has more talent than we had at Providence.”

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