If Louisville defeats California in this evening’s first national semifinal at the New Orleans Arena, the Cardinals will get their second chance to play for the national championship in the seven years Jeff Walz has been their coach. The other game in 2009 when Angel McCoughtry led them against UConn.
That didn’t turn out so well, if you recall.
But the Cardinals are back, Cinderella if you will, and here is how Walz looks at the fourth meeting of the season between this two (former) Big East rivals:
“It’s going to be a battle. If we’re fortunate enough to win the first game, I’m hoping it goes about ten overtimes. I mean, I’m looking for that BW3 commercial where something happens. You keep going overtime, overtime, overtime, because I want them tired,” Walz said.
“It’s been an unbelievable three?game series for those teams. Anything can happen. There’s no question about it. But Notre Dame should be playing with the confidence of knowing, hey, we beat them three times, but at the same time I’d be going, dang, I wish we wouldn’t have beat them three times. I mean, it’s tough to beat somebody four times in a year, but if anybody can do it, they can do it.
But UConn’s playing really well right now. Stewart’s playing so much better. And that’s a big X factor for their team. But Skylar and Kayla and Jewell Lloyd and Achonwa, they’re still playing great, too, so I’m expecting it to be an unbelievable game.”