Louisville to Face Rival Syracuse for Big East Title
If someone had told me at the beginning of this season that our Louisville Cardinals would contend for back-to-back Big East Championship titles against a historic conference juggernaut in a matchup marking the storied history of the conference as it enters its waning days of existence, I would have thought that person had a great imagination.
Given the preseason hype surrounding this year’s squad, it’s not surprising we find ourselves right where we belong in the title chase. Nor am I surprised our opponent comes in the form of our rival Syracuse. However, no one could have predicted the changes the conference will undergo in the next year and that the final tournament would consist of a model foe versus a new foe.
Here’s how we got to the tournament final:
Since joining the league in 2005, Louisville has continued traditional conference rivalries and acquired new ones. Aside from the annual Cincinnati showdown, no other rivalry has meant so much or garnered as much attention as the yearly conflicts with the Syracuse Orange. There is no doubt this rivalry will continue once both programs enter the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It is only fitting that this epic tournament final would be fought between a classic powerhouse and our Cardinals, the winningest Big East team since we entered the conference. Both programs have built lasting legacies as Big East programs and the combination of wins and losses and coaching staffs have allowed us to stand out among other teams.
As preseason favorites to contend for the conference title, Rick Pitino and the Cardinals have not disappointed. This conference final will be epic – I couldn’t ask for a better way to end an era than with a face-off between two great programs on the national stage.
Having split the first two meetings earlier this season in conference play, the Cardinals and Orange will settle the score under the lights of Madison Square Garden at 9 p.m. on Saturday.
#L1C4 – Louisville First, Cards Forever