Found January 22, 2013 on The Cardinal Connect:
Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinal will look to bounce back tonight from their 70-68 home loss to Syracuse over the weekend as they take on the Villanova Wildcats on the road. As Rick Pitino mentioned at his press conference yesterday, this isn’t the Nova team that we’re used to seeing. Jay Wright’s team is 11-7 overall and 2-3 in Big East play. Nova had won seven straight games before losing their last three, including a 69-66 loss to Providence on Saturday. Talent doesn’t appear to be the issue for Jay Wright’s team. As Rick Bozich of noted on Twitter earlier today, Nova has signed two 5-star recruits and eight 4-star recruits in the last four seasons. Louisville is currently an 11.5-point favorite in tonight’s game. The Cards have a 9-8 advantage in the overall series, but are just 2-3 when playing Villanova on the road. Nova is led in scoring by sophomore forward JayVaughn Pinkson who surprisingly comes off the bench for the Wildcats. He is averaging 13.3 points an...

Rick Pitino on Louisville loss: We shot free throws like Shaq and Dwight Howard

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...

Rick Pitino Says He Was Devastated With Loss To Syracuse

Rick Pitino spoke with the media earlier this afternoon to briefly recap Louisville’s loss to Syracuse on Saturday and preview tomorrow’s match-up against Villanova. The media got much more of a reaction from Pitino today regarding Saturday’s loss. His post-game press conference on Saturday was brief and not very informative to say the least. I’ve not seen Pitino as upset...

Cards all business preparing for Villanova

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Rick Pitino Compares His Players to Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard

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...

Rick Pitino Says Louisville Shooting FTs Like Dwight Howard

Big guys and free throws seems to be a match made in hell, and not just in the NBA. The number 5 ranked Louisville Cardinals lost to the un-ranked Villanova last night 73-64. The biggest disparity between the Cardinals winning and losing was their free throw percentage. They shot 50% from the line going 12 of 24, while the Villanova shot 75% from the line. Rick Pitino blamed their...

Lightweight Villanova floors Louisville, 73-64

Inevitable letdown after losing to a top five team. That and a lack of respect from a University of Louisville basketball team for a mediocre-but-fired-up Villanova. Did their fans really rush the court after the game? Rick Pitino, disposing of his tie the second half against Syracuse, staying all buttoned up in his double breasted suit all game long. What’s up with that, coach...

A game to remember for UofL recruit Jalen Lindsey

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Louisville-Villanova Preview

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