Audio: Pitino talks at the NCAA Tournament

SEATTLE - University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said his team has improved and he feels confident heading into the NCAA Tournament. Pitino met with the media at KeyArena on the day before U of L plays UC-Irvine in the opening game on Friday at 4:10 p.m. ET. Here's audio of Pitino along with Montrezl Harrell and Wayne Blackshear.

Rick Pitino has been here before.

The Hall of Fame coach of the University of Louisville basketball team has a 50-17 record all-time in the NCAA Tournament. He's preparing the Cardinals for another run that will begin on Friday at 4:10 p.m. ET against UC-Irvine.

Pitino talked with the media on Thursday about his team, the tournament and upsets that have already happened on the opening day.

"I think what happens, I always get the most jitters of being a basketball coach even after 20 times being in the tournament in the first round," Pitino said. "So what happens is you go into the game and the seed that's lower is certainly confident they're going to win. . . .

"So, the emotional levels for both teams is really dramatic."

Pitino said he won't have to warn his players about an upset when the No. 4 seed Cardinals (24-8) play Big West champion and No. 13 seed UC-Irvine (21-12).

"We know we have to be ready and anything can happen," sophomore guard Terry Rozier said. "You don't have to look far, you see all the upsets."

U of L's all-time record in the tournament as the higher seed is 49-9, while during his career Pitino's teams are 41-7 as the higher seed.

Here's audio from the press conferences today with U of L:



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