The Louisville Cardinals looked seasoned in Friday's 78-63 round of 64 triumph over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. However, head coach Rick Pitino shared a humorous anecdote with reporters after the win that revealed how new the NCAA tournament stage is to some players on his squad.
"This is a very inexperienced team," Pitino said, per ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf. "We're down two scholarships. Our backcourt is a little thin. Show you how inexperienced we are, one of my players said, 'There's a lady in the huddle stealing our plays.' It's Tracy Wolfson."
Wolfson, who's a sideline reporter for CBS, tweeted out her reaction to the mix-up once Pitino made it public:
Tracy Wolfson @tracywolfson
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"They thought she was giving it to the other team," Pitino added, per Medcalf. "I told [sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell], she's not doing that -- no, it wasn't him."
The Cardinals may have shown their youth in that moment, but Friday's commanding win reinforced the notion that the Midwest Region's No. 2 seed has the talent necessary to make a run into the second weekend of the tournament.
That said, Pitino's club will need to turn out one of its stingier defensive performances of the season to clinch a spot in the Sweet 16.
Next up for the Cardinals are the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines, who scorched the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 16 threes in a 92-91 win Friday afternoon.