Bloggin’ Rick not satisfied during win over St. Francis

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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, the goal of every team is to make strides each game. Very little was accomplished vs. St. Francis except gaining a victory. We were not on top of our game and allowed too many paint touches to the middle, then being late with the shot blocking. What was the major weakness? Stance! Allowing penetration in the middle by poor athletic defensive stance. Plain and simple. Now I know it bothers you that our front court shot 4/13 from the free throw line. My good friend Ralph Willard reminds me they shoot great in practice from the charity stripe. Unfortunately, they don’t count in practice. We will continue to work on becoming better and I do believe Ralph is somewhat correct. It’s technique, relaxing and focus. Our fast break numbers were down because we reverted to pointing to the rim for lobs instead of making fundamental passes for every basket. First time they tried to play to the crowd.

There were still a lot of positives:

  • The continued good play by the L & L boys.

  • Ray Spalding gets a lot done with limited minutes. Excited to see if he can do it against taller, stronger players.

  • Rebounding – I like the way we are hitting the glass. Aggressive mentality will continue to help us with the tough schedule ahead.

  • The zone attack – our unselfish and attack –the-paint mentality leads to high percentage shots.

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