Wildcats show they belong

Originally Published: March 20, 2009
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Before leaving the team hotel Friday, Russ Pennell climbed out of coaching tunnel vision and allowed himself a moment of context.

"This is pretty cool," he told his wife, Julie. "I'm going to an NBA arena to coach the Arizona Wildcats in the NCAA tournament."

It got cooler. Pennell related that anecdote in the winning locker room, stat sheet and a half-eaten chocolate-chip cookie in his hand.

He looked like the happiest guy in Bracketville.

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