DENVER - On the edge of seeing his little-known 13 seeds, which in turn Morehead State program into something much more impressive, the coach could be a game of the center in the NBA call with their destination or call you do not miss me.
Instead, he decided to go with a dream.
Performing a play that was his coach last night, dribbled Morehead State Demonte Harper patiently, watching the clock tick down. Then he went behind the 3-point line and motioned the shot with 4.2 seconds to Thursday for a 62-61 victory over No. 4 Louisville and the first major surprise of the NCAA tournament.
After facing Harper, basketballs, the Cardinals (25-10) had a chance to win, but blocked the best player in the Morehead State, the center of Kenneth Faria, Mike Marra attempt in the corner.
And it was a little like Donnie Tyndall, not Rick Pitino of Louisville is known, was found on the floor of the Pepsi Center Festival. Morehead State of Kentucky - 9000 enrollment at the base of the Appalachians - won his first tournament since 1984 and will play against the winner of the Vanderbilt game between the posterior region of the Southwest No. 5 and No. 12 in Richmond.
I believe that to kill a first round game against state power, I do not think that was bigger than ever in the history of our school to be, said Tyndall.
Chris Smith scored 17 points for Louisville, which closed the year in losing its first two games of the season of light.
It is as difficult as I had a loss in training and I'm training a long time, said Pitino.
After Morehead State (25-9) called timeout at the last possession of a leak with 23.8 seconds left, Harper seemed an unlikely candidate to be the photo more dramatic in the history of the program. It was 2-9 and the soil does not meet one of his five 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, Morehead State was the big guy, Faria, not to Terrance Hill, who had kept his team in the first leg on 5 to mention June from 3-point line.
The Eagles, but nothing for the book on the subject.
If you win, it is believed that on the shoulders of Faria, the leader of all time in Division I. Faries rebounds by 17 rebounds, but had a terrible day on the field - 4 of 17 for 12 points - - and it was the most important factor in this game.
He gets a second chance, but. You can thank Harper - whose only income from the second half gave him eight points - and Hill, who scored a career-high 23, including 12 for a series that turned a deficit 16-4 seven points in a 57-52 lead with 5.24 left.
Behind 57-52, Louisville responded with nine points and discomfort following potential seemed almost over with 1:14 left. But the Eagles worked the ball to Farias and made two free throws after being fouled know closer to 61-59. Then Morehead State dirty Elisha Justice, which missed the final against 1 and 1 near his team of 7 to 16 days the free-throw line.
Faries got the rebound, and Tyndall is a work that would play winner.As Morehead State win the game go, this time was made very easy. Do not drink, does not occur.
Harper took the ticket in the rear, has lost a few seconds, dribbled to the line and was leaking for a few seconds. Then he improvised - a small movement to the left to make some space in front of Peyton Siva, a bridge on site until it is clean to create.
Tyndall said the work came the next day, but no sleep the night before the game.
Faries passes through the victory with his block Marra, proving once again that the rebounder born need to get the ball in his hands to win games.
The prototype of the celebration of the NCAA took place - players hit the chest and broke his shirt, stretched out on the floor. Tyndall gave a short talk on the field, he walked away - no smile, no sugar, refers not to a small group of fans who made the trip from Kentucky. Just another screening report and a game on Saturday.
Not the case with Louisville, the far said of the year in which Pitino, he would be a bridge job is passed - not quite a rebuilding year, but not quite one with high expectations.
The Cardinals have fared better than most people thought the third in the Big East, then make the postseason tournament final conference.
I feel very bad for our guys because they were just a great group, said Pitino.
They won every year with heart and a series of wild returns. But they had a star, we could not count on us for another game. And if he behind 10-0 early in the absence of their first nine shots were fired - seven on the ground and two from the line - it is clear that the work would be a great day.
Was more than he could bear. But not too much Morehead State - a team that has not been brave or lucky that day, but just not good enough to get the first surprise of the 2011 version of March Madness.
I do not think there is an element of luck, said Tyndall. We were very happy that a game to make more than them.