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Rick Pitino doesn’t “like losing to Kentucky” but admits “they’re going to be tough to beat”

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein dunks during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game against the Louisville Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein dunks during the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal college basketball tournament game against the Louisville Friday, March 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

By LARRY VAUGHT

INDIANAPOLIS — Louisville coach Rick Pitino said because of all the celebrating Louisville has done the last three years, he wanted his team to be “gracious in defeat” after falling to Kentucky 74-69 Friday night in the NCAA Midwest Region.

“We don’t like losing to Kentucky certainly, but you’ve got to give them credit,” Pitino said.

“Look, they’re playing great down the stretch.  Should be a heck of a matchup (with Michigan Sunday).  They’re going to be very tough to beat, very tough to beat, because you’ve got to play great defense, like we did tonight in the first half, to beat them.

“And I don’t know how many teams are capable of doing that against them, because if you do help they’ll burn you like that (when Aaron Harrison hit a late 3-pointer).  We shouldn’t have helped on that play.”

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3 comments

  1. TheProfessor

    So, is Slick Rick saying that the UK-UL games are more than “just another game”?

    Hmmm.

  2. Kokamo Joe

    I doubt that any coach likes losing to his biggest rival. Is it more than just another game? Of course it is, and both coaches know that. It was a great game with the state of Kentucky in the limelight and both teams making the state proud….and on this night…the best team won.

  3. One and Done

    Not always does the better team win. Case in point IF UoL hits their free throws they win plain and simple. Should have never been in that situation. Huge UofL fan but we flat out gave the game away at the free throw line.

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