<
>

Best Case/Worst Case rewind: Louisville

Time to keep going in our rewind of the preseason Best Case/Worst Case scenarios for every Big East team. Up now: Louisville

Best Case in a nutshell: 8-5 with a win over Kentucky in the opener and again in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

Worst Case in a nutshell: 3-9 with just one Big East victory

Reality: Louisville finished 7-6, winning the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl over Southern Mississippi. Charlie Strong was named co-Big East coach of the year.

Analysis: The Cardinals weren't far off from my best-case outlook. In fact, had they managed to beat Kentucky, or hold on in overtime against South Florida, they would have matched the record. Just as the best case stated, they lost to Cincinnati but beat Connecticut and Syracuse. Strong got Louisville as close to reaching its full potential as you could ask from any first-year coach. That's why he won the Big East award.