Cards left an impression on Rams coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. - On Thursday after a win over Missouri, Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said he didn't know a name of any member of the University of Louisville basketball team. The Cardinals left a lasting impression on Eustachy after his team was whipped 82-56 by the Cardinals on Saturday night.

Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy is a Kentucky Colonel.

But Eustachy noted after the game on Saturday night against Louisville that he wasn't treated too well in the Bluegrass State as the Cardinals rolled to an 82-56 victory over the Rams in the NCAA Tournament third round in Rupp Arena.

The Cardinals forced 20 turnovers, scored 24 points off turnovers, outrebounded the Rams 29-24 and cruised into the Sweet 16.

"I wasn't treated very well by the host team, or whatever you want to call them," Eustachy said. "So maybe I'll get two bucks off a bucket (of Kentucky Fried Chicken) or something for it, but they, it was just, we got ambushed."

A close high school friend of U of L athletic director Tom Jurich, Eustachy said he had his team "as prepared as we could be" for the Cardinals.

The Rams shot 47.5 percent from the field and hit 5 of 12 three-pointers but just couldn't handle the U of L pressure and defensive intensity.

"I haven't gone against somebody like that in a long, long time," Eustachy said. "I'm meaning in my career. You know first of all, they don't match the eye test. When you look at them on paper and they look six foot but those guards play 6-10."

Eustachy went on raving about the Cardinals, who are the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and take a 12-game winning streak into Friday's game against Oregon in Indianapolis.

"Look, we caught as well coached a team as I've ever played against, and I think that's saying something," he said. "I don't want to put the pressure on Rick and his guys, but they're special. They're a special group. They need a little luck like everybody does to win it all, but that's as impressive a team as I've been against.

"I've been back to the great Kansas teams. They're just special. I'm telling you, they were well prepared and I can't say enough about Coach Pitino -- and how he gets his guys to play for 40 minutes as impressive is as I've ever seen."

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