Weiler met Pitino for the first time when he attended Louisville’s game against Memphis on Dec. 17. He got to shoot free throws with Tyler Miller, a Cardinals team manager who is from the same area of Illinois as Weiler, before Louisville’s game against Rutgers on Feb. 4. The Cardinals claimed a 78-66 victory and were in the midst of a six-game winning streak.
While waiting for Pitino to finish his postgame news conference that day, Sucher told Weiler that Louisville’s 2-5 stretch in late December and early January had been nothing to worry about.
“Teams that are coached by Coach P hit their stride in February and March because the offense that he runs is so complex that it takes the players time to figure it out,” Sucher told Weiler that day. “But once they figure it out, they’re going to make a long run in the postseason.”