According to Adam Himmelsbach, Rick Pitino has been secretly telling his team he wishes they’d play more like Kentucky. I know, I know. It’s hard to believe. But it’s not John Calipari’s Kentucky that Pitino is striving to be; he wants his team to play more like the 1995-96 team in Lexington.
“He’s always bringing up that their victory margin was like 28,” Chane Behanan told Himmelsbach. “Golly, they was smacking people.”
Kevin Ware said, “Coach praises how good they were on defense. If they were up 30 going into the second half, they’d keep putting it on, keep pounding.”
There’s no denying Louisville’s chances to win it all this year, but to think for one second that they’re anything close to the ’96 Kentucky team is absurd. And it’s not sitting in well with them, either. Apparently, they’re not enjoying the comparisons to a Kentucky team.
To be fair, Pitino doesn’t have a lot of national championship teams at Louisville to use as examples. “Hey Gorgui, play more like Pervis Ellison. You know who that is, right?” “Peyton! Channel your inner Milt Wagner!”