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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: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:30 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

THE RULES OF BASKETBALL ARE NOT BEING CALLED IN TODAYS GAME.  WHEN A PLAYER CATCHES A PASS, HE IS ALLOWED TO TAKE 2 OR 3 STEPS. THIS IS WALKING. WHEN A PLAYER DRIVES TO THE BASKET, HE TAKES 2 STEPS, STOPS THEN PIVOTS. THIS IS WALKING. DEFENSIVE PLAYERS ARE ALLOWED TO LEAN ON THE POST PLAYERS AND HOLD AND PUSH THEM. THE RULES OF BASKETBALL DO NOT ALLOW THIS. CALL THE GAME BY THE RULES AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE THESE REFS CALLING FOULS AS THEY PLEASE. ALL COACHES SHOULD BE MAD. UNTIL THE GAME OF BASKETBALL IS CALLED BY THE RULES, REFS WILL CALL IT AS THEY PLEASE




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:12 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

First, I REALLY hope some of the retarded language in here is tongue-in-cheek, and not the way some of you dumbass tools actually talk.  If so, then trust me, whatever-adjective-you-want-to-use hillbillies clearly have an intelligence advantage over you.  I mean, come on..."yo pi ho"?  "Sumthin"?  WTF?  Friggin' idiots.  And on a related topic, yes, UC fans, and generally the population of that shit-city ARE indeed low class, or no class.  That being said, Pitino talking about low class is like the pot calling the kettle black, as Loserville fans are generally among the most moronic and tasteless fans anywhere.  Of course, that is to be expected when, year in and year out, you always think this is the year people realize Kentucky has a third college team, aside from UK and Murray State, and year in and year out, you get shown no one outside the city limits of Loserville could give a shit if your program lived or died.  You have been, are and always will be the retarded red-headed step=brother that UK keeps shut up in the closet when compny comes over.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:45 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Pitino, listen up here you little want to be  hillbilly leader. Go find yourself another waitress and relieve some of your stress. Your Wife would probably appreciate it as the little things don't matter.

Yum arena is filled with the world's most low class hillbilly fans in the country so shut yo pi ho.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:02 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

No i think he would still be at Kentucky if he was "backwoods hickville Kentucky" where he belongs. Educate yourself a little more!




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:00 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Poor Ricky...can't even get his cliche right.

Under my nerves? Really? Is that like someone getting "on my skin...?"

Seems like he's right were he belongs...in backwoods hickville Kentucky.

We dont giv no crap bout speekin' 'round hear...or sumthing like that.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:23 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Wasn't pleased with the Cincinnati fans???? Are you kidding? Get over it rick. Sorry for partying. We created a great home court advantage tonight and it paid off. It sounds like a ton of sour grapes. You think Gates hasn't had to deal with punching jokes all season?



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:44 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Now that is a real rivalry.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:31 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Pitino does need to chill out a bit on that all places are hostile in thier on ways! But does other fans or reporters watch the games or just read the box scores? The Big East has some of the worst officiating crews in the game.  Its not so much as oh look the fouls are even or your big man or equal in fouls it bois down that this refs make alot of bad calls or no calls in the most crucial parts of the games 




Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:25 am
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Consider the source...This is certainly a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  Rick Pitino's ego is so big it can't fit in Louisville's YUM arena.


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