Louisville Cardinals basketball dynasty a possibility

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photo Louisville guard Russ Smith dunks the ball during a game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J.

While much of the country has become enchanted with "Duck Dynasty," Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has been in a fowl mood over a slightly different kind of dynasty.

"We are one year away from a potential mini-dynasty -- one year," Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal in late October, mindful that his deep, talented, experienced Cardinals had reached the Final Four in 2012 before winning last year's national championship.

"If these players rise to the occasion once again -- win another conference championship, go back to the Final Four -- it takes three to have the makings of a dynasty."

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