During his postgame presser, Rick Pitino praised John Calipari for the job he’s done with another young team, saying that Cal “does it better than any of us could do. I wouldn’t want to do it.” He especially praised Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel, whom he called a future number one pick: “I thought we did a good job on Noel. He’s going to be the number one pick some day. Since I did such great job drafting with the Celtics, I’d take him.” Ha. ha. ha.
When asked about the rivalry, Pitino said it was important for the team, but more so for the fans: “It’s a real important game for the fans. We want to beat Kentucky very bad, but it’s not as important to us as the fans.” After another swig of coconut water, Rick gave his view on the rivalry: “We have great respect for them. There’s no bitterness. We don’t denigrate Kentucky.”
Despite the amount of blue that got in, Rick said that Kentucky fans never really had an impact on the game: “Fortunately tonight, the (Cats fans in the building) never came alive.”
Rick just couldn’t end things without a small dig at Cal. When asked about Cal’s comments that the Cards are the odds-on favorite to win the title, he quipped: “Forget about all those nice things I said about John.”
#L1C4. For now.