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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: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:05 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Let me start by saying I did not watch the game (wish i did) but the article sums up the loss quite well "Louisville shot 1-of-14 from 3-point range, turned the ball over 14 times and allowed 15 offensive rebounds." Unless the referees were insanely biased, looks like Louisville shot themselves in the foot!? But I can comment on the moronic post regarding referees having a conspiracy, he points to the SU/WV game. But we have a really big problem with that example... he ignores the rest of the game and focuses on ONE call, he ignores a similar bad call that went WV's way only seconds before (an out of bouinds on Syracuse that was clearly off of WV) he also ignores the plain fact that it would help the BE conference more if WV had won that game ...another lock to get to the touney, instead it put WV a bit more on the bubble (though they should easily get in). It irks me when fans or coaches concentrate on one or two calls while ignoring the rest of the game. I would love to hear from others who are non-biased, was the game refereed fairly or not? Or is it (as I suspect) Rick Pitino being a hot-head idiot as per usual?



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:57 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Jeff,

Did you see the game?  If you did, you know what RP is talking about.  Siva and Smith got mauled every time they drove to the basket and most of those were "no calls."  Then Siva successfully boxes Yancy Gates out of the lane to prevent Gates from nabbing an offensive board, Gates grabs Siva with 2 hands (one on each shoulder) to try to push him away...only to have the refs blow their whistle to stop be play and call Siva for the foul.  I'm sorry but if a 6-0 PG can box out a 6-10 (or whatever Gates is) big man, we should be giving credit to the little guy, not punishinging him for going into the paint. 
Louisville players were getting knocked down on every shot (and better than 90% were not acting jobs).  On the other side of the floor, most of UofL's were for incedental contact (which did happen) or loose ball fouls.  If the refs don't want to call the "little ones" and "let the guys play," that's fine...this is the BE.  But there was no consistency at all between what UofL was being called for and what Cincy was getting away with.
This isn't as bad as the WVU game a couple years ago, when the BE apologized for costing UofL the game.  But this is getting really frustrating.  I am starting to think UofL would be better off in the B12 or any other conference, just so they would know what to expect would and would not be called for a foul...and more importantly--that both teams would be called the same way in the same game.  Even with their poor shooting and turnovers...UofL really was the better team and should have won the game last night.  Now UofL will probably not be a #4 seed in the NCAA tourney and have to beat a top 15 team in order to get to the second weekend of the tourney.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:57 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Jeff,

Did you see the game?  If you did, you know what RP is talking about.  Siva and Smith got mauled every time they drove to the basket and most of those were "no calls."  Then Siva successfully boxes Yancy Gates out of the lane to prevent Gates from nabbing an offensive board, Gates grabs Siva with 2 hands (one on each shoulder) to try to push him away...only to have the refs blow their whistle to stop be play and call Siva for the foul.  I'm sorry but if a 6-0 PG can box out a 6-10 (or whatever Gates is) big man, we should be giving credit to the little guy, not punishinging him for going into the paint. 
Louisville players were getting knocked down on every shot (and better than 90% were not acting jobs).  On the other side of the floor, most of UofL's were for incedental contact (which did happen) or loose ball fouls.  If the refs don't want to call the "little ones" and "let the guys play," that's fine...this is the BE.  But there was no consistency at all between what UofL was being called for and what Cincy was getting away with.
This isn't as bad as the WVU game a couple years ago, when the BE apologized for costing UofL the game.  But this is getting really frustrating.  I am starting to think UofL would be better off in the B12 or any other conference, just so they would know what to expect would and would not be called for a foul...and more importantly--that both teams would be called the same way in the same game.  Even with their poor shooting and turnovers...UofL really was the better team and should have won the game last night.  Now UofL will probably not be a #4 seed in the NCAA tourney and have to beat a top 15 team in order to get to the second weekend of the tourney.



Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:57 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Jeff,

Did you see the game?  If you did, you know what RP is talking about.  Siva and Smith got mauled every time they drove to the basket and most of those were "no calls."  Then Siva successfully boxes Yancy Gates out of the lane to prevent Gates from nabbing an offensive board, Gates grabs Siva with 2 hands (one on each shoulder) to try to push him away...only to have the refs blow their whistle to stop be play and call Siva for the foul.  I'm sorry but if a 6-0 PG can box out a 6-10 (or whatever Gates is) big man, we should be giving credit to the little guy, not punishinging him for going into the paint. 
Louisville players were getting knocked down on every shot (and better than 90% were not acting jobs).  On the other side of the floor, most of UofL's were for incedental contact (which did happen) or loose ball fouls.  If the refs don't want to call the "little ones" and "let the guys play," that's fine...this is the BE.  But there was no consistency at all between what UofL was being called for and what Cincy was getting away with.
This isn't as bad as the WVU game a couple years ago, when the BE apologized for costing UofL the game.  But this is getting really frustrating.  I am starting to think UofL would be better off in the B12 or any other conference, just so they would know what to expect would and would not be called for a foul...and more importantly--that both teams would be called the same way in the same game.  Even with their poor shooting and turnovers...UofL really was the better team and should have won the game last night.  Now UofL will probably not be a #4 seed in the NCAA tourney and have to beat a top 15 team in order to get to the second weekend of the tourney.



Since: Nov 28, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:53 am
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Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:49 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

And you say the third college team lol. You just made a statement that we are moronic and tasteless, Really? What are those comments. Way to go way to show basketball iq and good knowledge. I know uofl has fallen far since the 80's and crum, but i dont have to get on a uk board or a column about uofk basketball and make tastless replys, Yeah i know uofl fans do the same but when u speak of the tasteless fans you fit right in that shoe with what you just posted



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:43 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Really , louisville fans are the most moronic and tasteless?.  Give me a break you guys take the cake! You JUST SHOWED YOUR CLASS WITH THE WAY YOU REFER TO LOUISVILLE. Instead of commenting in a good manor you fall right into the rest of the idiots who talk bad about our state, when you single out louisville, even though your right its BIG BROTHER THAT GIVES THE STATE OF KENTUCKY THE BAD HILLBILLY VIEW .



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:39 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Funny, I thought UC won in spite of the refs.  Watch the Louisville shot at 14.4 seconds left in the game and tell me he didn't get open thanks to a moving pick.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:37 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I am a conspiracy theorist when it comes to officiating.  BE refs have had a tough year..ie WVU @ Syracuse..especially when it comes to visiting teams. The BE is looking at some big names on the tourney bubble..ie Cincy.. and the BE wants to get as many teams as possible in the big dance.
 So, there you go.  It will be interesting in Storrs tomorrow to see how much 'help' UConn gets. And for the home team in Morgantown 2nite.  



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:34 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Scoreboard Rick, scoreboard.


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