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CRAWFORD | Pitino blogs about Lewis' complaint, and loss to Notre Dame

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino called graduate transfer Trey Lewis' comments last night about playing time and substitution pattern "the wrong forum," but in a blog post at RickPitino.net noted that all his players have been "Louisville First" all season and will make mistakes.

It was a wise response to a player who finds himself in a frustrating situation after learning of surprise self-imposed postseason ban a week earlier, and who has said nothing but the right things in public since then.

After playing 25 minutes in Louisville's 71-66 loss to Notre Dame, Lewis was quoted in this column by Rick Bozich as saying to reporters: “It’s hard to play with a leash. That’s tough. You’re constantly looking over your shoulder, wondering if you’re being taken out. That’s tough as a player. But other than that, you have to find a way to mentally get over those things.”

Quentin Snider and freshman Donovan Mitchell -- who has been coming on in recent weeks -- played long stretches in the second half.

"I went with Quentin and Donovan in stretches because Donovan has been playing the best in practice and games," Pitino said. "Q gets the ball moving. All competitors want more minutes. I’m sure Deng (Adel) wants to play, Donovan wants more than 18 minutes and Anas (Mahmoud) more than 11. These guys live by Louisville First. All competitors want to be out there to help their team win, but 25 minutes is nothing to complain about. Trey is a good person who made a Cardinal mistake. It won’t be his last. On to Syracuse."

Pitino said in the blog entry that the first half was one of the team's better halves of the season, but shot selection was a problem in the second.

"We took too many ill-advised shots and had too many wide-open misses," he said. "We can’t do too much about the misses, but the 41-29 deficit on the backboard is a concern. Shooting 3-10 on challenged shots doesn’t help."

The Cardinals return home to face Syracuse on Wednesday night. You can read Pitino's entire blog entry here.

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