Rozier looking forward to defending title

Terry Rozier won't suit up for the University of Louisville until next season, but the five-star point guard tells Cardinal Authority that he is looking forward to the challenge of defending the 2013 title.

Terry Rozier, a 2013 signee who will play a key role the upcoming future of the University of Louisville basketball team, watched the Cardinals claim the school's third men's basketball title with a come-from-behind 82-76 win over Michigan on Monday night.

"It was a great effort by both teams," said Rozier. "Michigan is a young team, but they are still a real good team. Louisville is a team that knows how to come from behind and win."

Rozier, rated a five-star point guard by by, was impressed by the team's unselfishness late in the first half when Luke Hancock's hot shooting brought the Cardinals back from a 12-point deficit.

"They fed off Luke and they didn't play hero basketball," he said. "They let Luke step up and do his thing, which brought us right back before halftime."

As soon final horn sounded in the Georgia Dome, signaling the Cardinals victory, Rozier sent head coach Rick Pitino a congratulatory text message and the newly elected Hall of Famer responded immediately.

"I sent him a text and he texted me right back," Rozier explained. "I told him, 'great win and looking forward to defending next year.' He said, 'lets get it'. It was great that he responded right back."

The departure of senior Peyton Siva and with junior Russ Smith considering the NBA, Rozier, along with Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy teammate Anton Gill and Chris Jones of Northwest Florida State Junior College, will be relied upon heavily, and early next season.

"Me and Chris Jones talked about it earlier," Rozier said. "We already know that it's going to be a situation that everybody plays hard against us. We're probably going to be a young backcourt, but I told [Chris] that there's no pressure. It's something we're going to have to work on and keep getting better. I think we'll be fine."

Rozier, who will arrive in Louisville this June, added that he's looking forward to the big-game pressure that comes with defending a national title.

"I'm the type of person that likes the spotlight like that," he explained. "I like it when everybody gives us their best shot, because that's only going to make us even better."

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