LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The fans know the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, but these men have been there. Now as the big dance begins, it's like they're on the court all over again.
“Father Time has its place so you can remember the times when you were there. You put yourself in situations in the games; all athletes do that. It's a good time of year to reminisce,” former UofL player and 1980 National Champion Darrell Griffith said.
So how does Doctor Dunkenstein watch a game?
“As players we kind of analyze more critically and in depth because we have been on the floor before. We've seen what’s going on and we can anticipate what might happen,” Griffith said.
And in their minds, could the Cards repeat?
“I really like the way the Cardinals are playing right now. Honestly my opinion is right now we are the best defensive team in the nation,” former UofL player and 1980 National Champion Roger Burkman said.
“They just hang in there and Coach Pitino navigates his way through the game with them. That kind of tenure helps them pull games out,” former UofL player and Hall of Famer Mike Grosso said.
Roger Burkman's Final Four is Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and UofL. He has Michigan State and Louisville in the final game. Mike Grosso agrees.
“We've got the Pitino factor; Michigan State has the Izzo factor. Those are huge in this kind of environment,” Grosso said.
Robbie Valentine's taking the Cards all the way too.
“Oh they'll win it. I really believe in my heart. You got senior leadership; you got guys on the team that played last year,” former UofL player and 1986 National Champion Robbie Valentine said.
The Most Outstanding Player from Louisville's first championship run says this team has what it takes.
“I think they've got a great chance--an awesome chance. They are playing great ball at the right time,” Griffith said.