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Rick Pitino’s Decision that will Determine the Outcome of Wednesday’s Game

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Rick Pitino has a difficult decision to make.

This year’s Louisville basketball team struggles to score, especially in the half-court.  They average 78.5 points per game, not a bad number, but they don’t have the explosive scorers we’re accustomed to seeing at UofL like Russ Smith, Peyton Siva or even Chris Jones.

They don’t have a plethora of great shooters, but they do have plenty of athletic posts that can run the floor.  Pitino’s proved in the past he can win by running the floor, but running the floor against Kentucky might be a death wish.  UCLA decided to run with Kentucky, but had to score nearly 100 points to win.  North Carolina did score 100 while running the floor but still lost.

Pitino has two options:

1. Slow the pace, make it a half-court game and hope you can generate enough offense.
2. Try to outscore Kentucky by running the floor.

Between the two options, pursuing the latter seems suicidal.  UK averages more than 95 points a game, but, Rick Pitino likes to live on the edge.  “We’re not going to slow it down,” Pitino said on tonight’s call-in show.

Is Pitino bluffing or just stupid (or both)?

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

13 Comments for Rick Pitino’s Decision that will Determine the Outcome of Wednesday’s Game



  1. Rod Crandler
    8:14 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Why even bother with the lying’ist liar that ever lied.



  2. Yandros
    8:34 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t care what anyone says, I can’t see UK winning by less than 20. I just don’t think it’ll be a close game.



  3. Rise
    8:44 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    That translates to’ “we are going to run a match up zone and pack it in on defense to slow the game down”.



  4. BigBlueSkyDog
    8:47 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    If Pitino says they’re going to run, then expect them to slow it down. One thing’s for sure. They will hack, grab, smack, elbow, and flop. That’s Louisville basketball.



  5. sincitycat
    9:02 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    If his lips are moving he’s lying.



  6. anrbob
    9:07 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    It will be a Hack-a-Cat game. Very physical on their home court.



  7. ClutchCargo
    9:43 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    If he says they won’t slow it down, then they will definitely try to slow it down. The 2nd biggest liar in the world couldn’t outlie Pitino on their lyingest day, even with an electrified lying machine



  8. keiths
    9:50 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    He will muddy up this game with his usual tactics. Grabbing, pulling, hacking, flopping, body checks etc. this game will probably end up like 64-55



  9. Luether
    10:08 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Slick Rick will find a way to give the Cards a chance to win…



  10. Catlogic15
    10:08 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Every comment above is spot on.



  11. henderblue
    10:14 pm December 19, 2016 Permalink

    Agree with#10…and especially#4. That IS Louisville basketball