Here was Rick Pitino, the innovative basketball coach, sounding like the 59-year-old man who he shockingly is.
He stood in front of his team during the pregame and reminisced about his first Final Four team, the 1987 Providence Friars, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. None of his current Louisville players were even alive back then, but these Cardinals remind Pitino so much of those Friars. On Thursday night, minutes before tipoff, the coach just had to make that point.
"Here it is, 25 years, and it's still like they're my best friends in life," Pitino told his team. "You're two games away from having a 25th reunion yourself. And nobody ever forgets a Final Four team."
Make that one game away now.