Pitino shows high praise for Dixon, Pitt program
By: Ryan Bertonaschi
Rick Pitino and his Louisville Cardinals just boarded a bus for their home state of Kentucky after downing Pitt 80-68 at the Petersen Events Center.
Although the final score doesn’t suggest a blow-out, it was an all-around dominating performance from the Cardinals, who not only set the record for the highest shooting percentage ever recorded at the Petersen Events Center and against a Jamie Dixon-coached team (65.2 percent), but, Saturday, Louisville also became the only program to record four wins at the Petersen Events Center.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino was asked about the record following Saturday’s contest, and he went into detail about why the Petersen Events Center has traditionally been a tough place for opponents to win at.
“Don’t take this in any negative way,” Pitino said. “Those other games were awesome, but Pitt has a little less talent than those other years right now because they’re so young. They’ll get it back.
“The reason [Pitt has been good at home] is, we have a pro arena, we don’t have a zoo. North Carolina has a pro-type arena, Duke doesn’t. So [Pitt has] got great student support. [Pitt students] are on top of you, and it’s a very tough place to play. But Pitt has their culture and they always recruit their culture. They get better and better and better. But this is not as good as any of those other Pitt teams. So they’re going to lose a few, and then next year, they’re going to become invincible again, because that’s the way this program is. This program is as well-run as any program in America.”