There is more parity in college basketball this year than there has been in quite some time. A disappointing loss to Villanova may have had some fans second guessing Louisville’s chances at a national title, but there isn’t a team in the country that hasn’t had a loss like that. There is no clear front-runner to cut down the nets in Atlanta in April. Coach Pitino remained positive when speaking at the Big East coaches teleconference on Wednesday.
“We’re going to have our peaks and we’re going to have our valleys in this conference,” says Pitino. “Anytime you play in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, any great conference, you’re going to have peaks and you’re going to have valleys unless you have one of those great basketball teams that dominates a conference which is not the case in college basketball this year.”
Louisville may not be the juggernaut that we want them to be at this point, but it’s reassuring to know that there isn’t a team in the country that the Cards can’t beat. Sure, they’re beatable and could lose to a lot of teams if they don’t play well, but as long as they progress and get back to the way there were playing in December, a national championship is still very much a possibility.