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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: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:12 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

A Syracuse fan talking about officiating!! After at least three wins of the Orange were rated directly to poor officiating. None worse the the missed goaltending call against WVU!!!


milesbeyondU
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:04 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:04 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I love how the above video is 29 seconds long.  It would seem that's exactly two visits to Porcini for Slick Rick Sanders.



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:02 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Col. Sanders really has no business criticizing any school's students and fans as "low class" or referees as "arrogan[t]," when, less than 15 seconds and $3,000 later, he's skimming the bottom of a dirty restaurant floor himself.  Scumbag.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Nice way to compare what happened back in the early 1960's to what has happened in the last 2 years at Kentucky.


And you criticize ME for picking a timeframe. At least mine was consistent, covering the SAME 42 year period.
you choose the timeframe nimrod, I played within those boundaries.  Now, if you would have said in "my lifetime", then your statement would have more validity.  Thank the Lord for UK fans.  Best entertainment message boards can buy.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I live outside of Kentucky. I LOVE John Calipari.
That's great.  I have lived outside of the state to and still didn't hate Rick Pitino.  I have freinds who don't hate Rick Pitino that live out of state.  What's that prove nimrod.

You choose to use that KY's one and doners have done more than Cincy has in 100 years.  So, since said early 60's is within time frame of 100 years and Cincy has 2 titles, your statement is erroroneous.

Thank you for playing. 



Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I did not watch the game, but I have to agree wiht him on this years officials. I am a Cuse fan and in watching their games, the number of blown calls and calls that should have been no calls  for Cuse and their opponets has been glaring and some anouncers cover it up on replays and some called them as blown or close calls. Somewhere I read that officials are tired and overworked. The game is fast and quick and they have a hard time keeping up. Maybe a solutiion is to have 4 officials per game and give them a break. It is not an easy jpb.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Just a thought since this seems to be a heated topic between states but how would people feel about a small tourney starting let's say very early on? Let's call this tourney a Tri-State tourney including teams like Indiana, Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky, Cincy, Xavier, Notre Dame or Purdue and maybe Dayton. Every year the games are played in a different arena and let's just have some fun with it? The tourney could last a weekend so it won't take up too much time from scheduling but hey, why not? Good for the fans and bragging rights for THAT year not 10 years ago stats or 75 years ago stats but CURRENT year? Could be fun, just saying!



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:49 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

really  ! in what world would gates and kilpatrick start  for UK ?  THEY WOULD NOT BE IN TRHIS YEAR 7 MAN ROTATION  !  GATES MIGHT GET PERRY STEVENSON MINUTES  KILPATRICK ?



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:37 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

FTBaller....you stated:

"Now, I realize this may change this year, but Cincy has two national championships.  The UK "one and doners" have zero."


Nice way to compare what happened back in the early 1960's to what has happened in the last 2 years at Kentucky.


And you criticize ME for picking a timeframe. At least mine was consistent, covering the SAME 42 year period.


To be ACCURATE: Cincinnati and Kentucky both have ZERO National Titles the last 2 years.



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