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.”