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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: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Rick Pitino calling anybody out for their "level of arrogance" is the funniest thing I have ever read.




Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:09 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?



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:06 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

(swift suspensions, two media sessions explaining his team was wrong and how he was accepting full responsibility and would hand out just punishments) 
Really?  You mean when he said that these guys would never set foot on the floor again as Cincy holds themself to a higher standard then suspends said players for what, 6 whole easy non conference games?  Gates should have never played again for his sucker punch, yet Cronin caved.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Kentucky has done more with "one and done" players in 3 years than Cincy has done in 100 years of basketball. You would love to have these one and done players on the Bearcat roster.
Now, I realize this may change this year, but Cincy has two national championships.  The UK "one and doners" have zero.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:52 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

What a tool.  As a coach, you're supposed to be held to a higher standard than your still maturing players.  If you want to compare apples to apples, idiot, compare Mick Cronin's reaction to his team's brawl (swift suspensions, two media sessions explaining his team was wrong and how he was accepting full responsibility and would hand out just punishments) to Pitino's whining and finger pointing towards refs, fans and the other team.  If you want to talk about missed calls, what about the consistent forgotten calls agains Silva who managed to walk all around the court, in an uncontrolled manner and never get a call against him.  Travelling is obviously not something this guy was ever called for, even though highly warranted.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Gates or Kilpatrick would be a starter on the Wildcats team, no doubt.



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:45 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

Whaaaa boo hooo hoo Pitino.  How can you judge anyone when you cheated on your wife in the back booth of a restaurant?  You tool.  You were beat three times in three years by a guy you mentored, Mick Cronin.  You've been complaining since June 2011 when your Big East schedule was released.  You are a whiney punk and you deserve to lose!



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:28 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

I am not surprised That A Duke fan is on here, defending officiating. I have followed basketball for more than 40 years and have encountered only 2 teams that for some reason has the officials helping them out during the game with highly questionable calls, Duke and UCLA. It's not surprising that the coaches of those teams, in my opinion, have proven to be the greatest cheaters of all time. Then I found out that those 2 coaches have been invited to officiating camps for input. Only 10 other coaches have been invited, among them Were Dean Smith and Bob Knight. Of those 4 coaches the only one I believe is above board was Dean Smith. 



Since: Jul 1, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:11 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

It was because Louisville shot 1-of-14 from 3-point range, turned the ball over 14 times and allowed 15 offensive rebounds.

I like Rick Pitino, but the above stats is why they lost. Calls do come at critical times and hurt, but the long stretch of the game
shown above will cause any team to lose.

GOOOOOOOOOOOO  DUKE!!!



Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:58 pm
 

Rick Pitino goes off about referees, Cincy fans

hahahahahahahahahahahaha sore fucking loser. Get over YOURSELF Pitino. What the hell have you done lately? Get bounced out of the tourney quickly year after year? Cincy just played harder. Plain and simple. Grow up.


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