Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to preview Thursday’s match-up against Memphis. The Cards will have their first home game of the conference slate as they host the No. 24 ranked Tigers. Here is a brief recap of Pitino’s presser.
Memphis’ Joe Jackson
They have four terrific guards, they’re very unselfish. He’s a terrific basketball player. We were getting blown out in that game and we were able to turn him over a few times and that was a difference.
They do a lot of things that North Carolina does. Their transition game is very similar.
The Infamous White Suite
I’m not in a white suit mood this year. You have my word on that one.
Mangok Mathiang’s Development
I see strides but they’re baby stories. Big guys just take longer than guards to mature. I don’t think he’s going to get any bigger physical. He’s to the point where he can’t eat anymore. He’s just staying at 210 pounds. It is what it is with him and that’s what you live with.
Montrezl Harrell Progression
Slowly. He’s only 19 and he Is young. They overemphasize some dunks from last year. He needs to the same maturation process as Mangok.
Akoy Agau’s Progression
Akoy is getting better because of it. Certainly it’s not like going against Chane physically, but he is improving.
Lack Of Competition In Practice Without Behanan
Lack of competition helps no one. You don’t get better in games, you get better in practice. Whether it was Peyton going against Edgar Sosa or Russ Smith going against Peyton.
Hostility In Memphis Rivalry.
There is no bigger rival than Kentucky, but I don’t find it very hostile. They don’t care for us much, but it’s not very hostile. I don’t think this rivalry will be hostile either.
American Athletic Conference
This conference is probably a little deeper than some anticipates, now that they’re seeing SMU and Houston. It’s up for grabs on who is going to win it. I thought it was going to be really strong, but I think it’s the exact same as when we were in Conference USA.
Charlie Strong’s Departure
I was surprised. I thought Charlie would be here a very long time until maybe Florida opened. We wish him luck and he did a great job here.
Bobby Petrino Potentially Being Hired
I really don’t. I really have no thoughts on it at all. My thoughts are on Memphis.