Opening quote from Pitino’s press conference — “This should be a fun weekend, Syracuse is one of the strongest teams to come into the KFC Yum Center since we’ve opened the arena. It should be a great challenge.”
Pitino mentioned that teams never shoot a very good percentage against Syracuse. “Not too many teams are as good at stealing the ball in a zone as well as they do.”
“I think we’ve attacked zone defenses very well this year,” says Pitino.
When asked about the importance of Gorgui Dieng’s role will be in attacking Syracuse’s zone—“Chane and Gorgui are both very important at attacking a zone defense. If you don’t keep the ball up and make good decisions their guards will cause a lot of trouble.”
Pitino on his relationship with Syracuse coach Jim Boheim—“My relationship with Jim is great, it always has been.”
When asked about how things worked out with both Boeheim and Pitino going after former prized recruit Fab Melo, Pitino discussed how much better it ended up work