By LARRY VAUGHT
Louisville coach Rick Pitino went on ESPN Radio this morning on the Mike (Greenberg) and Mike (Golic) Show to talk about a variety of things. Obviously, the sex scandal at Louisville was the big topic of conversation.
However, the hosts also asked him about Kentucky coach John Calipari complaining about the seedings. Pitino said that was just Calipari being Calipari.
“He tries to make the world being against him. He does the same thing that John Thompson did at Georgetown — the world’s against us. Wherever he’s going, he’ll probably stay 30 miles outside of town because the hotel’s not good enough. Nothing’s ever good enough, the world’s against us,” Pitino said.
“He gets to his players and says we should be seeded much higher; matter of fact, how dare they put Kansas the No. 1 seed, it should be Kentucky. And he’ll have all those guys fired up. He did that great at UMass. It’s sort of difficult for him to buy into that at Kentucky, but he’s still trying to do it.”
He also offered an analysis of North Carolina, a team the Cardinals play and UK could face if it wins two games.
“They’ll hit you with a lot of blitzing type defenses. They’ll come after you and they’re trapping you on the side, trapping you in the middle and they do a lot of things,” the Louisville coach said. “But once you get by those initial traps there are a lot of openings.
“They’ll get up in the passing lanes on the wings and deny the ball and once you hit the high post area you’ll be able to get a back door. “