The #5 ranked Louisville Cardinals lost to Villanova last night 73-64. The Cardinals shot exactly 50% from the free throw line going 12 of 24, while Nova shot 75%. Louisville coach Rick Pitino blamed the loss to un-ranked Villanova on the poor free throw shooting, and called out two of the NBA's best centers ever at the same time.
“It was really a simple answer to why we lost,” Pitino said. “Basically
we were Dwight Howard or Shaquille O'Neal. We came down we had a
six-point lead and it could have been eight. Could have kept coming down
and extending it but our free throws were a turnover. Very simple
answer for why we lost. Our foul shooting was despicable.”
It just so happens that Lakers center Dwight Howard is shooting 50% from the line this season and sits around 58% for his career. The term hack a Shaq comes from the legendary Lakers big man Shaquille O'Neal who coincidentally shot 52% for his career from the charity stripe. So I guess Pitino was quite accurate in his statements about the notorious duo of bad free throw shooters. The loss to Nova comes only a few days after they lost their #1 ranking following a home loss to Syracuse in which they also lost the free throw battle by 10%. It's safe to say the Cardinals will be spending a good deal of practice time on the line in the next couple days.
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