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Another gut check for Pitino

Updated: January 28, 2004, 5:09 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

If you want to know about Rick Pitino in his latest incarnation as a college coach, know this: He laid the foundation for the current success that is the Louisville basketball program while real life was crumbling around him. He added to that construction while dealing, however temporarily, with his mortality as a man.

And he has brought the Cardinals to their recent pinnacle, a No. 4 ranking in the Associated Press poll and a 15-game win streak, in the face of enough collective tragedy ...

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