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CRAWFORD | Three highlights from Pitino's blog! on North Carolina win

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Rick Pitino watches the starting lineups before Monday's win over North Carolina. (WDRB photo by Mike DeZarn) Rick Pitino watches the starting lineups before Monday's win over North Carolina. (WDRB photo by Mike DeZarn)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — If you couldn’t tell that Louisville coach Rick Pitino was happy with his team’s 71-65 win over North Carolina in the KFC Yum! Center Monday night, just take a look at his blog.

In reviewing the win at RickPitino.net, the coach threw out no fewer than nine exclamation points in a 268-word post.

I’m going to give you three highlights, then send you along for the primary source material:

1. RAY SPALDING IS NOT MAGIC JOHNSON. Pitino didn’t like it when Spalding got into the open court and tried to drive into the lane and make a play after a big steal late.

As for me, I kind of liked Spalding’s attitude of I’m-going-to-make-a-play. He came up with the steal, and had the confidence to go. Now, let’s be honest. It wasn’t the smartest thing to do in that situation, with 5:03 left and Louisville up by 8. North Carolina immediately stole the ball and drove for a layup.

But I said in my column on the game, I was impressed with the next trip down. Spalding missed a layup, got his own rebound and kicked it out to an open Damion Lee. I thought Lee was going to shoot, but he drove straight into the lane, drew the defense and dished to Spalding for a score. I thought that showed pretty good unselfishness and maturity from Lee.

Regardless, Pitino blogged, in his section on the game headlined, THE BAD: “Ray’s Magic Johnson moment after a steal. Save it for Magic, Ray or leave it for Anas!!”

Of course, the latter was a reference to Anas Mahmoud's behind the back pass, through Marcus Paige's legs, to Lee for a layup on the fast break.

2. THE GOOD. Pitino listed the play of Lee, the defense, rebounding, Quentin Snider’s play, “the improvement of Anas” and more.

The MVP chart showed Snider, with four deflections, seven assists and a pair of offensive rebounds, as the Cards’ MVP. Second was Mahmoud and third was Chinanu Onuaku.

3. UNDERHANDED COMPLIMENT. Of Mahmoud’s free-throw shooting, Pitino said, “Granny style is right around the corner.”

Read the rest of Pitino’s post here.

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