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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 26, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Kentucky has won 7 national titles, 3 in my lifetime, whereas UCinn has won 2 national titles, none in my lifetime.


I live outside of Kentucky. I LOVE John Calipari.


Just put a fork into your balloon.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Couldn't be any worse than some of the UofL fans at the chum bucket. I've been to games their and some of them are rediculous!!
Please elaborate...I'm dying to know the events of this said "rediculousness" " "ridiculousness"!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:31 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I'm 42 years old, and in my lifetime, Cincinnati has ZERO National Titles. Kentucky, however, has 3 National Titles.
If you are going to maintian your "tradition of " 7 national championships, you can't pick an choose your time frames dude.  I realize cincy's NC were in the 60's, but they still count.  Just like the 4 KY won prior to 1960.

Typical....what's good for the goose isn't good for anyone else.  I love the UK hypocrisy. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:28 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Everybody outside of Louisville hates Rick Pitino.
Your point?  Everyone outside of Kentucky hates John Calipari.



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

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Everybody outside of Louisville hates Rick Pitino.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

It was after a game and Pitino was hot, I don't think what he said is all that bad.  (Cincy fan here)

The officiating, mainly one of them, was awful for both sides.  Seva slips and falls with Dixon probably 6 inches from him and Dixon gets called.  Kuric drives to the lane, tries to pass the ball, it gets deflected and a foul called - he shoots 2 - ON A PASS!!!  Then fighting for a rebound Dieng gets bumped twice as he gets the handle on the ball falling out of bounds and is called for a walk.  Gates is backing Dieng into the paint and (#5) slaps his arm and Dieng gets called for the foul.

These were 4 crucial calls that I remember and this was only in the last 10 minutes - I can't even begin to try to remember all of them but Pitino is right - they were miserable.  Students chanted "Cincy hates you" to a commit who switched his commit - I think it coulda been a lot worse Wink.  Does Pitino want to know what every team chant when Gates is shooting free throws? 



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Couldn't be any worse than some of the UofL fans at the chum bucket. I've been to games their and some of them are rediculous!!


Being such a cardinal hater why would you even step foot in the yum center to watch uofl i for sure wouldnt watch a game at rupp even if i lived a block away given the ticket was free, won or bought. Come on!  



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

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I'm 42 years old, and in my lifetime, Cincinnati has ZERO National Titles. Kentucky, however, has 3 National Titles.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Really Pitino? You must be blind if you think all the calls went for UC. Those refs were equally bad for both teams. They made some horrible calls against UC and some horrible non traveling calls. I was furious with those officials. I did see some horrible calls against UofL as well. These refs were just bad...that's not as excuse for losing. And I'm sorry that giving players a hard time is a bad thing. I thought these were adults playing college basketball?

Dude...that's his point.  You made it for him.  He never stated once that the calls were all against his team.  My guess is after watching 15 BE games this year with no real consistency on what is a foul and what is not, he just wanted to vent.  

As far as the comments from the stands.  I wasn't there, I don't know what was said but my pastor sat behind the bench and I will find out this Sunday for sure!!!  

Either way, big win for the Bearcats.  UC, like Georgetown, seem to have our number. 



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Again educate yourself , you said they cant win on the road , when again uofl is has one of the best win % on the road in the big east since joining , just like you sia dal you got is uofk last year , well all your saing is a providence lost and a few and 2 others this year , go cooment with facts about your team and stop making wrong guesses on another team


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