Bloggin’ Rick Pitino is back on the inter-webs to give his thoughts on the 85-41 victory over St. Francis. With a score like that, you would think that all is well in the mind of Coach Pitino. Also, if you think that, you probably aren’t a coach. We are never satisfied!
In his latest blog, which you can read by clicking here, Pitino talks about some of the things he was not happy with. Don’t worry, he also talks about the positives and the upcoming game against Saint Louis. Here is some of the most recent blog from Coach…
Well that one certainly was a good start to this big Saturday in UofL sports! The Cards knocked off North Florida 89-61 to improve to 3-0 on the season, and there were plenty of good things to point out from this one.
Quick game notes from GoCards.com:
Date: Nov. 17, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (82-13 in 6th yr.)
Television: ESPN3 – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Doug Ormay, analyst (Sirius channel 132, XM 194)
Series History: Louisville leads 2-0 (2-0 in Louisville)
Last Meeting: UofL 87, Hartford 48 (Nov. 19, 2013 at KFC Yum! Center; Hall of Fame Tipoff)
UofL National Ranking: unranked (receiving votes in both polls)
Officials: Les Jones, Wally Rutecki, Gary Prager
Next UofL Game: Nov. 21 vs. North Florida, 12:02 p.m. ET, Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Inv., KFC Yum! Center (ESPN3)
The Louisville Cardinals return to the court this evening to take on the Hartford Hawks, who hail from West Hartford, Connecticut and will bring their 1-1 record into the KFC Yum! Center. On paper, this is one that the Cards should win, but as we have already seen in this young college basketball season, anything can happen. Don’t take anything for granted.
I won’t begin to hype up Hartford like they are Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, or any other powerhouse that Louisville faces this season. But here are some things to look for tonight…
Coach Pitino’s press conference after the Cards defeated Samford 86-45 on Friday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cards opened their basketball season with the 86-45 win over Samford on Friday night. Here are a few highlights.
Rick Pitino met with the media on Thursday afternoon to cover a slew of topics. He talks about Kyle Kuric, the two newest signings Frankie Hughes and VJ King, and talks about his current team. The Cards take on Samford Friday night at 7:00.
Great video from TheCrunchZone.com here.
The Cards defeated Bellarmine in an exhibition game 71-55 on Sunday afternoon. After the game, Rick Pitino, Mangok Mathiang, Quentin Snider, and Trey Lewis all gave their comments on the win.
Here are some highlights from Saturday’s second Red-White scrimmage for men’s basketball. Deng Adel led all scorers with 35 points on 12-18 shooting.
Sure, it has been a few days since the Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. But in the midst of all of this other talk surrounding the program, and with the football team on a bye, why not talk a little hoops on the court? Plus, I simply haven’t had as much time to sit down and put together something that I feel is worth posting about it. That is the main reason. I don’t have deadlines or quotas to meet on the amount of stories to post. So when I do something, I want it to be solid. Got off topic, here we go…
These are five things that I took away from the scrimmage on Saturday.
Coach Pitino met with the media after Saturday’s Red-White scrimmage. He talked about many things, including Quentin Snider and Trey Lewis playing together, Mangok Mathiang being out, Chinanu Onuaku’s fouls, and more.
He was also asked if the scrimmage was a relief after everything that is going on, so he went into some scandal talk for a few minutes.
So this team seems sort of easy to root for. Friday was Rick Pitino’s 63rd birthday. It is so funny to watch over and over to see how different players react. Raymond Spalding wants no part of it. Anas can’t get enough. Freshman Donovan Mitchell is the leading the choir. And of course Jaylen Johnson remixes it all up.
Here is the final score from the second game on Tuesday, provided by Kenny Klein. I am having a little trouble getting the box score up from the first game. Click the link below to view the stats.
The Courier Journal’s Jeff Greer has an extensive Q&A with Rick Pitino posted and it covers a lot of topics. It really is an informative read. I just wanted to point out a part of it that is interesting when he talks about this season’s team. We knew that the chemistry wasn’t the best last year. In fact, I found it hard to cheer for the team sometimes. They weren’t unlikeable, they just maybe weren’t as likeable as I would have wanted to see. That is just a personal opinion, but one that I know some people do share. Something was just different.
Pitino mentioned it several times last year. Chinanu Onuaku addressed it while practicing for the USA U19 team. The older guys hung out with their girlfriends and the younger guys mainly hung out with each other. The older guys didn’t have patience they needed. It was like a team divided. That should not be a problem this season, and here is some of that Q&A where Pitino discusses it with Greer. He says that this team could be a fan favorite…
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Louisville Cardinals appear to be one of the teams that will be playing in the Battle for Atlantis in the 2016-17 season.
That is a great start to the field that will battle it out in the Bahamas. The first thing that sticks out to me is a possible matchup against Michigan State. As you know, the Cards will play the Spartans this coming season in the ACC/Big10 Challenge. So there is a chance that they could meet for the third consecutive year in the Battle for Atlantis.
Rick Pitino met with the media on Monday afternoon for almost 30 minutes to wrap up the season, which saddens me. It is about 8 days too early, but it happens. He said that Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both go pro, and also hints that a couple of players could transfer.
Since the press conference this afternoon, we learned that sophomore Anton Gill will transfer.
Transcript from Courier-Journal.com. Edited by me.
Before I leave on the recruiting trail, we had individual instructions and I missed you guys so I wanted to say goodbye to you one last time. You know, there’s good and bad in every season, and I’m not going to mislead you and tell you that it doesn’t hurt. Outside of the Christian Laettner loss, I think this was probably the second most-bitter defeat that we have faced, because, you know when Mangok made that first free throw which shouldn’t have gone in, I said, we’re going to win this thing and for a span of a short period of time all I could think of was, ‘We just have to play defense for four seconds.” At first there was three-point-something, and they changed it. And I said all we’ve got to do is play defense for four seconds and we’re in the Final Four, because I was positive the second one would go in after that luck. And it didn’t go in. And we missed a lot of free throws down the stretch, a lot of layups down the stretch, and that’s the bad.
Rick Pitino held an impromptu Q & A (question & answer…you’re welcome) on Friday night with Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal. I will post just a little bit of that and then give you the link to read the rest.
Q: You said you were considering a change at center. Have you thought about going small?
Pitino: Well, we’ve done that before with Kyle Kuric. The only thing when you go small is it’s probably (freshman forward Jaylen Johnson) and Montrezl (Harrell). If you go small — you know, (freshman wing Shaqquan Aaron) and (sophomore guard Anton Gill) aren’t playing very well. I’ve gone long enough with Anton, trying my best to be patient … I’ve gotten to the point that I’ll go with David Levitch.
Is there anything else to be said? Well quite honestly, yes there is. It was a great game before Mangok Mathiang delivered the dagger to beat Virginia. Read that sentence again. My computer almost wouldn’t allow me to even type it. Terry Rozier gets trapped and delivers the ball to the open man. When you realize who that open man is and that HE IS ACTUALLY RISING UP TO TAKE THE SHOT, it was the classic “NO NO NO NO YESSSSSS” moment. And good for him. This may ignite him to finish the season strong. Or it could be the last positive thing he does. Who knows? Regardless, he had his moment tonight, and it was awesome!
“Well I’m buying beer because we finally got 35 deflections. And we needed it. Montrezl (Harrell) got 11. We needed the deflections tonight because our defense had to win it for us. The reason we got off to such a bad start- I haven’t seen our guys do this- on every drive to the basket, including Montrezl, we were trying to lean into the guy to draw the foul, and it was taking us out of our offensive rhythm by doing that. Then, when you have a start like that, the guys start to panic and they don’t want to shoot, as Chris Jones had a wide open three. But in the second half, I said, `Let’s just play defense every possession. We will win the game. Get our deflections picked up because we had 20 at halftime, and that’s what I want to see.’