Louisville Basketball: 5 Things Cardinal Fans Can Take into 2012-13

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Louisville Basketball: 5 Things Cardinal Fans Can Take into 2012-13
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Rick Pitino will have his Cardinals ready in 2012

This years' edition of the Louisville Cardinals was a team that contained no lottery picks, no player of the year candidates and only one former 5-star recruit in freshman Chane Behanan. Still, this group made it further than any Louisville squad has since Terrence Williams was a freshman in 2005.

They made a highly unexpected run to the Big East crown and followed with an even more improbable run in the Big Dance. Finally, they gave this years' champion Kentucky the most they could handle in the tournament.

Rick Pitino has had more fun with this team than perhaps anyone has ever seen him have, and with only two seniors graduating, next year's campaign could prove to be even more fruitful than what was this past March.

Here's five reasons why.

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