For Palacios, though, it was doubly special because it was the first time that his mother, Maria, got to watch him play in the United States in person. Palacios made sure that his mother didn't travel all the way from his native Columbia for nothing. He scored a game-high 13 points to lead Louisville to a 68-54 win over Villanova and in the process kept the 13th-ranked Cards (24-6, 14-3) tied atop the Big East Conference standings with Georgetown.
Afterward Palacios had this to say in the Louisville locker room.
Q: What's it like to have your mom here?
A: "It's like a dream, she doesn't know what it's like here so it's been fun to show her."
Q: What was it like to have her watch you play here for the first time?
A: "A long time ago when I was in Columbia we would watch basketball games together and I told her that one day that would be me. For her to be here watching me it's like a dream come true."
Q: What did she think about things when she got here?
A: "It was emotional. This morning at practice she came to me and said she couldn't believe she was here. I'm just glad we had a chance to be together at that special moment."
Q: How does she like it so far?
A: "She's still overwhelmed. She got here last night and she's been meeting a lot of people, like coach (Rick) Pitino, she's only seen him on TV. She doesn't speak English (though) so she's just been smiling a lot."
Q: What about that rare dunk for you in the second half?
A: "I don't know where it came from, but I'm glad it came."
Q: How do you feel heading into the Georgetown game with the Big East title on the line?
A: "It's just great, that's the way you want to do it. I'm glad we have a few days to prepare for it."
Q: What did you think of your final game in Freedom Hall?
A: "I can't believe I'm not going to be able to play on this court again, it's a sad time."
Q: What's your best memory of playing in Freedom Hall?
A: "That's hard. I'd say the White Out (this season against Georgetown), all the big games, it's just not one moment."
Q: In the pregame ceremony there was a picture of you in a Superman costume when you were a kid, what about that?
A: "I wanted to fly when I was younger, what can I say?"