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Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:53 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 11:26 am
 

By Jeff Borzello

Rick Pitino wasn't pleased with the officiating or the Cincinnati fans after Louisville's loss. (US Presswire)

Louisville’s 60-56 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday night was a tough one for the Cardinals. It could prevent them from getting a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament, and the defeat also makes it difficult to get a top-four seed – and double-bye – in the Big East tournament.

All in all, clearly not a great night for Louisville.

But it seems Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is not just upset about his team’s loss. According to Card Chronicle, Pitino went off in the postgame press conference about the officiating.

The officials “are really starting to get under my nerves,” Pitino said. “I don’t know who the hell they think they are. The level of arrogance, I just cannot believe it.”

And more, according to our RapidReporter Evan Hilbert: “I have a problem with the officials. They thought they were the three guys going into the Referee Hall of Fame the way they talked to me. I don’t know what they’re looking at sometimes, but they’re so positive, they should really go into the Referee Hall of Fame.”

Wow.

Looking at the box score, both teams had the same number of fouls (16), and each team’s marquee big man – Yancy Gates for Cincinnati, Gorgui Dieng for Louisville – were saddled with four fouls. Throw in the fact that Louisville had to commit fouls late in the game to get Cincinnati to the free-throw line, and it doesn’t seem egregious in either direction.

With that said, there were some questionable out-of-bounds calls, as well as a couple of travel (and non-travel) calls that went against Louisville at key points.

And Pitino wasn’t done with his venom. He wasn’t fond of how the Cincinnati fans acted. He did say Cincinnati had the biggest homecourt advantage he’s seen this season, and would like to see the Louisville crowd bring the same energy on Sunday.

There’s one caveat, though, according to Pitino: “without some of the low-class behavior.”

He would not give specifics about that behavior, of course, but we know the crowd was hostile toward Louisville freshman Chane Behanan. Behanan is a Cincinnati native who committed to the Bearcats after his freshman year in high school before moving to Kentucky and changing his mind later on. Behanan found the atmosphere “fun” and “electric,” for what it’s worth.

Pitino was clearly upset about the loss, but the defeat wasn’t because of the officiating or the fans. It was because Louisville shot 1-of-14 from 3-point range, turned the ball over 14 times and allowed 15 offensive rebounds.

At least he found a way to defer attention from his team.

Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

It's the Big Least.  Who cares?  Syracuse will win it, go on to lose in the 2nd round of the tourney with a 1 seed, and the east coast biased ESPN will do nothing but talk about how good the pathetic big east is year in and year out.  Want to watch some real basketball?  Tune into the Big12, or even ACC.




Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Tipical U of L,  Patino responce, its never our fault we lost.  Patino has always cried everytime he has lost, back to his Providence days. GROW up take it like real coach, ya got beat!  Suck it up and move on.



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:56 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

AGREE.............. Well said, except for the car salesman analogy. More like a lawyer when they have to defend the crook, when they know themselve's they are the crook!



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:25 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans


It looks like Petino needs to look at himself, instead of concentrating on the ref's additudes and the homecourt crowd. He

should have altered his game plan a little. If a team shoots 1-14 from the perimeter, and obviously cannot get it done from the outside, maybe you should try to go inside and create more oppurtunities and get it done at the foul line and pick up more fouls on their Bigs. BUT no, he wants to blame the ref's and What? Blame the Bearcat Fans? >>>>>WEAK COACHING<<<<<<<
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Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 10:27 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

KAREN SYPHER! (clap clap clap-clap clap) KAREN SYPHER! (clap clap clap-clap clap) Hahahahaha!!!!!



Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:22 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I was only stating the obvious. Like the Cuse win last night at UCONN...The calls can go either way.  As one person stated, if you play Missouri at home its 8 to 5 on the court. I still think the current game is just too fast for these refs to keep up and make calls in a close game. WVU will find things no better in their new Conference and I wish them well, but it will not see any improvement in the calls.



Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 6:22 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I was only stating the obvious. Like the Cuse win last night at UCONN...The calls can go either way.  As one person stated, if you play Missouri at home its 8 to 5 on the court. I still think the current game is just too fast for these refs to keep up and make calls in a close game. WVU will find things no better in their new Conference and I wish them well, but it will not see any improvement in the calls.



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:17 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Of course people in Kentucky will continue to like and cheer for people like Calipari and Pitino. They love people that set themselves to different standards than they expect from regular people. They have left a path of devestation to programs as they have gone from one to another throughout the country. Of course these people from kentucky will be for these coaches, they do continue to vote for Mtch McConnel, don't they?



Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:09 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Yes UKSMITH, you did use a time frame. It was however quite noticeable you stopped you "comparative timeframe" to exclude Cincy's successful year. I am a fan of neither team and a definate non fan of Pitino.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 9:57 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

That is your answer .GO RICK you the man ? How dare he talk about arrogance when he is one of the most arrogant people in sports. I do not know who they think they were talking to me like that . You are a college coach just like everyone else. (except that you cheated on your wife with some skank on your restaurant floor) and that deserves respect . You are a sleezy car salesman that if they do not get their way blames everyone else but your self. How can you preach respect from officials or your team after completely disrespecting you own wife . Just be lucky that you kept your job


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