Rick Pitino used a Christian Aguilera analogy to discuss what went with his Louisville basketball team.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – No usual day-before-the-game press conference is planned for Monday by the University of Louisville basketball team.
The Cards are bound for Orlando and a New Year's Eve game against Central Florida. Rick Pitino opted to file a blog post with his post-Kentucky game thoughts instead.
Pitino turned to a musical analogy. He asked fans to imagine going to a Christina Aguilera concert – and then watching the entertainer focus on dancing, instead of singing.
Some people might squeeze a "Genie in a Bottle," joke here, but I think I'll pass. Pitino also made a reference to Justin Timberlake and another to Rodrick Rhodes.
That's a gentle way of saying that too many of his guys are not playing to their strengths, focusing on what they'd like to do instead of what they should be doing. For the frontcourt players, that means rebounding the ball, posting up with authority, scoring on put backs and competing with an edge.
Pitino specifically mentioned Montrezl Harrell and Chane Behanan, noting that they need to dominate in the paint for Louisville to succeed against top competition. Harrell and Behanan contributed six points and 11 rebounds against UK.
Pitino said four things disappointed him about his team's performance in the 73-66 loss to Kentucky.
1. His players lost their aggressiveness after drawing their first fouls.
2. Poor defense in the paint, where UK scored 42 points (without Julius Randle for most of the second half).
3. Lack of rebounding by the guards (The Harrison twins and James Young outrebounded Russ Smith, Chris Jones and Terry Rozier, 18-6.).
4. Ineffective communication on defense, especially while trying to trap Randle in the first half.
The Cards' game against UCF will tip at 5 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2. The Knights are ranked 114th in Ken Pomeroy's computer power ratings. Pomeroy puts U of L's win probability at 86 percent. UCF is 8-3, losing to Florida State, Valparaiso and Florida Atlantic. The Knights' best win was by five over Miami (Florida).