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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 6, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:14 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

" It's even funnier to hear a UK fan bragging about titles 8 and so on when it hasn't actually happened yet."

No, what is funny is a program that proudly hangs their Helms title banners.  That is some funny stuff. :)



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

It's funny to hear Pitino talk about arrogance but he's right about the state of officiating in the college game. It's even funnier to hear a UK fan bragging about titles 8 and so on when it hasn't actually happened yet.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:40 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Rick had it all, then he lost it all, and now he appears to just be losing it.  So sad.  At least he'll have a place in the HOF, while UK will enjoy #8 (and numbers 9 and 10 within the next few years).<br />




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:02 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 6:53 pm
 

*** RICK PITINO IS THE MAN !!!!!

GO RICK.. You're the Man ..  We love you & Love the Cards ...  Say it As it is & Give them HELL in March !!!   GO CARDS !!!



Since: Jun 2, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I wonder if he went back to Louisville and ordered the Pitino Special at Porcini's.....Aged red snapper stuffed with Italian sausage Tongue out



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:25 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

katfan66: If that was directed at me, I was not talking about officiating.  I was talking about Coach Pitino being a hypocrite gasbag with zero redeeming value.  But thanks for making the utterly incoherent connection between how Syracuse games are officiated how the UC-UL was officiated last nigh.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I'm not Pitino apologist,but this article is a bit misleading. In his postgame press conference last night, he said the officials were arrogant and missed calls on both ends. Of course, he did also go on and on about the incident where Dieng appeared to be pushed out of bounds but he didn't comment on Siva's excessive feet movements. The article is also off when it talks about both centers being in foul trouble - Dieng got whistled for his fourth fould with 10+ minutes left while his counterpart's fourth was whistled with just under 4 minutes left. Dieng's absence led to those Bearcat layups and greatly changed the game. Of course, Kuric and C Smith go 0-15 combined - there's your game.




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Dont play Mizzou at home.  You re out numbered 8 to 5!



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I am a UC fan and I listened to half of the game on 1530 Homer in Cincinnati, which broadcast the UL broadcast last night.  Five times the questioned the calls going FOR UL.  On two fouls for UL they would comment wow we got away with that one.  Again UL had more fouls called for them at one point the announcers even thought it was interesting that UC had only shot 2 free throws late in the second half.  Rick you lost get over it.  Your team let down.  As for the crowd-Rowdy college students NO WAY!  Any big game that is what you will get.  So Rick I might talk to my radio people to get a better understanding of the game.


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