In an effort to use the passion of their fanbase and last season’s run to a national title for a good cause, Louisville made the decision to sell pieces of the floor from last year’s Final Four and donate the proceeds to pediatric cancer research.
They come in three different sizes, starting at $99.99, and can be purchased here. According to a release from Louisville, “help support research being conducted by Kenneth Lucas, M.D., chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Kosair Children’s Hospital and division chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation for the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.”
“As exciting as it was for us to win the national championship this year, it’s also exciting to be part of this effort to raise money for cancer research,” head coach Rick Pitino, fresh off of an induction into the Hall of Fame, said. “It’s all about giving back to the community, and Northwestern Mutual is providing a great example of how to be a good corporate citizen.”
After the 2012 season, Kentucky raised more than $200,000 for charity selling off pieces of the title game floor. This is a trend I can get behind.
Just as we expected, there is absolutely no consensus when it comes to the No. 1 team in college basketball.
In the new Coaches Poll released today, Villanova slots in as No. 1 overall, but Maryland received the same number of first place votes as the Wildcats and seven teams — seven! — received at least one first place vote, including No. 8 North Carolina and No. 9 Michigan State.