???? Did Rick Pitino just say he wished Louisville played more like Kentucky? Well, yes and no. He did say that, however he was referring to his 1996 National Championship Kentucky Wildcats team and not Cal?s Cats. Still, it is a funny thing to hear from Rick.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino, it turns out, has been secretly motivating his team by offering a parallel that is all but unmentionable on campus. Apparently he has told his players he wishes they played more like the University of Kentucky.
Now, Pitino was not referring to John Calipari?s Kentucky. He was talking about his Kentucky, more specifically the 1995-96 team that went 34-2, won a national title and included seven NBA first-round picks.
He has explained to these Cardinals that if they want to be great, they will need to become as relentless as those Wildcats. Big leads will need to turn into bigger leads. Attacks will have to remain constant.
?He?s always bringing up that their victory margin was like 28,? forward Chane Behanan said. ?Golly, they was smacking people.?