It's a Card Party at the Yum Center

The University of Louisville played in two national championship games this week, winning the men's national title, and had one huge celebration party on Wednesday evening in front of a packed house at the KFC Yum Center.

This party is probably going to go on for quite a while.

The University of Louisville men's basketball team won the school's third national title, while the women lost in the NCAA Tournament title game.

On Wednesday, the Cardinals celebrated.

A jam-packed crowd at the KFC Yum Center, welcomed both the men's and women's teams home. Dr. James Ramsey, the U of L President, athletic director Tom Jurich, women's coach Jeff Walz and several men's and women's players addressed the crowd during the ceremony.

Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino had the final word.

Louisville First - we play for name on the front - not on the back," Pitino said. "We play for our university, our city, our fans!"

The title was the first in 27 years for the Cardinals.

"Wouldn't it be great if we somehow got back to Dallas?" Pitino said, referring to the site of next year's Final Four.

The U of L men's team beat Michigan on Monday and Luke Hancock and Peyton Siva addressed the crowd. The crowd then chanted for Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng, who then came to the podium and talked to the fans.

Pitino later said he expects both to enter the NBA Draft, while he expects sophomore Chane Behanan to return to school.

Shoni Schimmel told the crowd the U of L women's team, "will be back next year," noting the men won the title on a second trip to the Final Four.

Ramsey had perhaps the quote of the day that drew a large round of cheers and screams: "Is this a pretty good time to be a Louisville Cardinal?"


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