Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 1/24/13

Louisville lost its second straight tough game in a row on Tuesday night, this time at the hands of Villanova. Over the weekend, the Cardinals lost a tough home game to No. 6-ranked Syracuse. However, the Wildcats are a team they should have beaten. Had they been more successful from the charity stripe, Rick Pitino’s team may have come away with a win. Louisville hit only 12 of its 24 free throw attempts, and Pitino was livid about it after the game. So livid, in fact, that he decided to take it out on Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard. “It was really a simple answer to why we lost,” Pitino told reporters, via the Courier-Journal. “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.” The final score was 73-64, so obviously the free throws the Cardinals missed were crucial. Louisville missed the front end of a one-and-one on two occasions down the stretch, which made it incredibly difficult to close out a game that they led in the second half. At one point, forward Chane Behanan missed five free throws in a row. The Cardinals has lost two games since being ranked No. 1 in the nation, and they have not gotten off to a good start in Big East play. If they don’t solve their free-throw shooting woes going forward, they’ll be in danger of falling even further. The post Rick Pitino on Louisville loss: We shot free throws like Shaq and Dwight Howard appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: Rick Pitino says he wants Kentucky to win national championship Rick Pitino named his new horses after Peyton Siva and Gorgui Dieng Shaq: Dwight Howard Has No Competition, Should Win Three Championships

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

PLAYERS: Rick Pitino
TEAMS:
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Seahawks likely to move on from ‘Legion of Boom’?

Colin Kaepernick wants to buy the Carolina Panthers

Thomas Davis suspended two games for hit, will appeal

John Skipper resigns from ESPN over substance addiction

Shea Weber 'shut down' by Canadiens with foot injury

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Donald Penn out for season, will miss first games of his career

Brady won't comment on alleged rift between trainer, Belichick

NFL says referee did nothing wrong by using index card

Report: Darren McFadden swindled out of $237 million

Jackson admits Kizer could be benched before end of season

Jerry Richardson selling Carolina Panthers amid investigation

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

24 quintessential moments of Kobe Bryant's career

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

10 best under-the-radar NBA acquisitions so far

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

Top takeaways from NFL Week 15

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

With Ezekiel Elliott returning, can the Cowboys realistically make the playoffs?

Studs and duds so far in NBA season

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

Cardinals News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Catching up on the biggest stories of the young NBA season

The 'Marvin Lewis can't lose' quiz

A holiday shopping list for each MLB team

Sports & Politics Intersect: Mr. Jones goes to Washington

NHL Weekender: Bolts keep striking, Preds on the hunt

The 'It's the most wonderful bowl of the year' quiz

Donald Trump's quotes vs. the sports world in 2017

Chargers are the AFC team no one wants to play in January

The 'It's always chilly in Indiana' quiz

NFL puts safety entirely on players, again

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker