Kevin Ollie's efforts were rewarded with a national championship and a new contract.
Now that the college basketball season is over, here are 16 storylines and moments from a great stretch of March Mayhem.
With an emotional win, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan at last reached the goal that eluded him, leading the Badgers to the Final Four.
If Louisville wants to defend its national championship, it will do so without Chane Behanan and Kevin Ware.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had an incredible year and is a shoe-in for the Basketball Hall of Fame, but who's next?
The national title has found a home in the state of Kentucky for two straight years, and Dick Vitale says either Kentucky or Louisville will make it an in-state three-peat in 2014.
Each week Dick Vitale writes about the sport he loves, college basketball.
After a Hall of Fame selection and a second national championship, Rick Pitino's status among the greatest college basketball coaches is secure.
The Louisville Cardinals were Dick Vitale's preseason pick to win it all, and there's no reason to change that pick now.
Louisville overcame a 12-point deficit to advance to the national championship game, thanks to the surprising play of Luke Hancock.
The Georgia Dome should be rocking Saturday night. As Dick Vitale prepares to call his first Final Four, he makes picks for each of Saturday's matchups.
Louisville was Dick Vitale's pick to win it all at the start of the season and on Selection Sunday, and the Cardinals look like they're well on their way to cutting down the nets.
Dick Vitale says John Calipari is more than a great recruiter -- he's a great coach who finally filled in the missing piece of his resume with a national championship.
Dick Vitale says future Hall of Famer Rick Pitino worked his magic to get Louisville into the Final Four. The former national championship coach is making his sixth trip.
Dick Vitale says the only team that looks like it could beat Syracuse is Syracuse itself
Dick Vitale says the Ohio State Buckeyes are a legitimate contender to cut down the nets in New Orleans