Rick Pitino credits “Mardi Gras Miracle” for never giving up


ATLANTA — In his post-game press conference after Louisville’s come-from-behind 72-68 win over Wichita State in the Final Four, Rick Pitino was asked if doubt ever crept into his mind when the Cards were down 12 with 13:37 left in the second half Saturday night?

No, said the coach.

After all, he was part of the Mardi Gras Miracle.

“No, I never think we’re going to lose,” Pitino said. “I mean, not since being down 31 points with 15 minutes to go on Fat Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I never thought we would lose again when we’re down. That doesn’t mean we’re going to win, we have lost.

“But that’s the attitude, just pressing teams, have to stay in there. We were fouling too much. But then we started making some steals, picking up the heat. Then, of course, the guys were brilliant.”

Indeed, on February 15, 1994, Pitino’s team trailed LSU 68-37 five minutes into the second half only to rally for a 99-95 victory.

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