Rick Pitino is guessing his Louisville Cardinals won’t be the last team to be No. 1 this season.
The Cardinals took advantage of losses by Duke and Michigan to move up two spots to No. 1 on Monday in the Associated Press’ Top 25 poll. This is just the second time in school history they’re on top. The other time was the final poll of 2008-09, a season in which they reached the final eight of the NCAA tournament.
Louisville (15-1) was one of five teams to receive a first-place vote this week, and that backs Pitino’s point.
“I think the top teams will play musical chairs for No. 1 for the next two months and it will be really significant at the end of the year,” Pitino said Monday, hours before the Cardinals took their No. 1 ranking into a game at Connecticut. “We played a tough nonconference schedule and I’m really happy the way our guys have battled through injuries. We’ll try to hold the musical top as long as we can.”
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