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Pitino Ditches the White Suit, Louisville Rolls

Feb 9, 2008 – 11:16 PM
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Chas Rich

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The Louisville athletic department called on the fans for a "white out" at Freedom Hall for the ESPN Primetime Saturday night game with Georgetown. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino got into the spirit by coming out for the game in a sharp, white suit. It was striking, and while it fired up the crowd and the ESPN GameDay crew, it didn't do too much for his team. They fell behind 31-23 by halftime.

Georgetown was patient and didn't make mistakes. Louisville lacked poise, turned the ball over, and kept falling back on defense.

At halftime, not only did Pitino have time to scream at his team and make adjustments. He also changed into a dark suit. Obviously the suit change had little to do with it, but the Cardinals were a completely different team. They came out and made 7 of their first 10 shots and were executing on their pressure defense.

Suddenly it was Georgetown that couldn't get a shot to fall, making mistakes, and were too slow defensively. As has been typical in every Georgetown loss, the inability to make their perimeter shots. The Hoyas shot only 4-22 on 3s (with 3 of them coming in the first half). From the rest of the field they were 18-28.

Roy Hibbert was outplayed by David Padgett, who had 18 points. Hibbert had 14 and both players had the same number of rebounds. Padgett, though, was more aggressive in the game and had more of an impact. He was stronger going to the basket.

Louisville won 59-51 and after the game Pitino vowed that the white suit would only show up for the Kentucky Derby.
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