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 as he was on Saturday in a very long time.
Pitino had very good reason to be upset, considering his team was in control for nearly the entire game. “We should have won that game and gave we gave it away,” Pitino told the media. “I was devastated with the way we lost that game, Peyton went away from that play that was supposed to ran.”
A loss like Saturday’s can help a team down the stretch, because there is plenty to learn from it, but knowing it was a game that the Cards should have won makes it very frustrating.
Saying what I’m about to say will make me sound like the negative fan that I’m always portrayed to be, but Louisville honestly didn’t play very well on Saturday. With that said, they still should have beaten a top ten team. It took Brandon Triche having the best game of his life and Gorgui Deing and Peyton Siva not playing particularly well for Syracuse to sneak away with a win.
Saying that this was a “good loss” is a stretch, but overall there are many of things that Pitino’s team can learn from this.