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Louisville women’s assistant has city ties

Today’s NCAA women’s basketball tournament final will have some local flavor to it.

Louisville assistant coach Cameron Newbauer, a Fort Wayne native in his first year coaching the program, will be on the sideline as the Cardinals take on Connecticut for the national title.

Newbauer is a former member of the Georgia women’s basketball staff, where he coached from 2007 to 2011. He has local roots in the profession, as well: Newbauer was a varsity assistant coach at Leo for three years while attending IPFW, where he received his bachelor’s degree in education.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals have made an improbable run in the tournament, including a win against Baylor, the No. 1 overall team, in the Sweet 16. Louisville went on to beat No. 2 seed Tennessee.

“We ruined the entire party,” head coach Jeff Walz told The Associated Press after the win over the Vols. “We’re the ugly ducklings that ruined the party. No one gave us a chance and we shocked everybody. It’s a journey and we’re going to continue.”

The Cardinals tip off against the Huskies at 8:30 p.m. in New Orleans.

The game will be on ESPN.