Lexington: Blocking It Out

By - March 15, 2007

In the post-game presser, Louisville's Brandon Jenkins and David Padgett -- who tied for the team high with 16 points apiece -- acknowledged but downplayed the significant home-court advantage.

"Personally it felt like Freedom Hall to me," Jenkins said. "We had a lot of fans out there, but we tried to block the fans out and just play Louisville basketball."

Said Padgett, whose seven-foot frame helped counter Stanford's Lopez twins on both ends of the court, "The further you get in the tournament, the farther away from home you're going to be, so we just wanted to focus on our opponent."

Turns out that message came out from the top.

"We try to block everything out except the style that's going to beat the opposition," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.

Posted by at 02:54 PM on March 15, 2007

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