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Traitor Rick said that this team was the 13 toughest players he ever coached ,I guess 96 team was chop liver ,he was so afraid of all his sins when they started the celebration he ducked like he was shot because he knows what happens to traitors!!!!
I think the 92 - 93 team of Woods, Farmer, Feldhaus, Brown, Mashburn, Pelfry, and others who were part of the unforgetables has to be the toughest, over-achieving team of all time at UK or any other school. One Laetner shot away from a Final Four and a potential National Championship, which, by the way, can be placed directly on Pitino for not having Riddick in the face of Grant Hill who threw the inbounds pass. Very poor coaching, but still good enough for the HOF for Ricky P. I guess Tubby will be in the HOF next year. I still hate Laetner!! GO CATS!!!
I would not be surprised if Call never made it to the HOF, and if he did, it will likely be posthomously(sp?).
Yeah the op is a little over the top.
But in response to Pitino's toughness comment I actually agree. The 96' team didn't need to be tough though because they were so much more skilled and talented than everyone else that season.
I've never been more confident a team was going to win it all before a single game was played than I was that season.
Even next year when we'll have by far the most talented and complete team on paper(probably the biggest gap between 1-2 in my lifetime) I still don't feel like its a guarantee. I think a big part of that is how the games are called now. The charge block being called 70-80% charges gives the underdog and less talented team a huge advantage. It rewards bad defense.
I think that was just his polite way of saying that this UofL team wasn't the best he's ever coached, so he says they are the toughest instead. He's probably right. Just look at the way they play. They foul foul foul all over the court, especially the hand checking and swipes at the body of whoever is bringing the ball up the floor. They also do a whole bunch of off the ball grabbing and arm hooking to prevent offensive players from making their cuts. Luke Hancock is a master at those things, as well as jumping into defenders and getting the refs to call it a foul on the defender. Those types of things have been their game plan for the last 2 seasons and it's worked well enough for a Final 4 & Championship. I'm not taking anything away from the offensive performances of Hancock in the last 2 games, or Russ in the previous 4. All I'm saying is that there is no way this team could have won a championship without the rough and rumble style that they use. They bank on daring the refs to call a foul on them on every possession. Rick knows that the refs aren't going to do this, because Louisville would have 7 or 8 guys fouled out by the end of the game. The loss of Kevin Ware was so important because it gave them 5 less fouls to give from the guard position. Without him Siva and Smith had to cut down on all the hand checking and bumping of the ball handler, and that one change allowed both Wichita St and Michigan to almost beat them.
I'm not saying UofL is cheating or anything like that. It's a style of play to be overly physical and use a lot of players to absorb all the fouls called against your team. They aren't the only team that plays that way. As a matter of fact, most of the Big East Conference plays like that. When Louisville gets to the ACC they'll be forced to change a lot of that stuff, because games are called differently in that league. They will get called for most of those fouls and they'll be forced to play defense by gaining better lower body position on the drivers, instead of being able to run beside or behind them and disrupt them with jabs and swipes with their arms and hands the whole time. It's going to be interesting to see how that plays out once they make the move to the ACC.
I congratulate the Cardinals for their season. They were clearly the best team in the country by the end of the season, and they proved it. I hate them with a passion, but I can recognize that they were a very good team. Were they on the same level as Kentucky last season? Not even close, and they won't be in the same level with Kentucky's team next year either. This was a down year in terms of there being any great teams in college basketball. Louisville won the championship in that down season, but I'm not going to use that as a weapon unless I'm in an argument with a Cards fan over the next 9 months. Sometime in late December we'll be kicking their ass in Rupp and this 2013 season will be a distant memory. But, it's going to be a loooooooong 9 months until then - LOL.
This post was edited by jasonukfan 12 months ago
“People who live in the past are afraid to compete in the present. There's no future in it.” -- Sparky Anderson
I agree. Cal needs to concentrate on teaching our guys to recognize when a player is going to try and take a charge, because that creates a very easy jump shot opportunity, usually within 8 feet of the basket. Players setting up to take a charge aren't going to block a shot, and most of the time they won't even have their arms up. If you recognize this quick enough it's a perfect opportunity to stop and pop an uncontested 6 to 8 footer. I think one of the keys is getting players to understand that they don't have to get all the way to the rim for a drive to be successful. A defender setting up for a charge also creates a perfect passing opportunity, because many times his teammates will freeze for a split second to anticipate the collision. That hesitation opens up passing opportunities in the paint if the driver is looking for them.
I think the main reason so many of them are called a charge is the offensive player lowering his head and trying to power his way to the rim. Archie Goodwin had countless charges called on him because he wasn't looking at where he was going. From what I've seen, many of our incoming freshmen are good at keeping their heads up as they drive, and that will help them adjust when the defender is setting up. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was great at avoiding the charge calls, because he avoided the contact all together. He'd take one step to one side and then go back the opposite way when the defender reacted and leaned toward his first step. That counter step move always looked a little awkward, but it was extremely effective.
OMG, Pitino just said something nice about the U of L team that he coached to a NC.
Congrats to UL on their championship and to Coach Pitino on his HOF membership. Now we have a more worthwhile opponent for our December and possibly tournament games.
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