Things didn't come easy for Dean or the Cardinals last night, though. Playing his final game in Freedom, Dean struggled the entire game to find his shooting touch, missing 12-15 three-point attempts and making just 4-21 field goals.
Still, Dean came up big when the Cardinals needed him most. He hit 8-8 free throws in the game and his three-pointer in overtime put the Cardinals up for good at 63-60. His final two free throws clinched the win – and a trip to the Big Apple.
"It was the best feeling and the worst feeling," Dean said. "You want to go out there and have a great show and then everything is out of whack. I was definitely out of whack this game."
Despite a sub-par shooting effort, Dean finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds and four assists while playing 39 minutes in Louisville's 67-60 win over the Golden Eagles. Dean said he'll take nothing but good memories from his playing days in Freedom Hall.
"Freedom Hall is nothing but memories and something that you can't replace," Dean said. "Great things have happened here."
With just one more regular season game remaining – at Connecticut this weekend, Dean said he's looking forward to the possibilities that post-season play presents.
"It's a new season," he said.
With a trip to New York now secure, perhaps Dean and his teammates can find a little post-season magic next week when they get to Madison Square Garden.