University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino met with the media yesterday afternoon at the Yum! Center to preview today's BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall. During that press conference, Pitino brought out the butcher board and referenced a listing of how each Big East team ranks according to the Ratings Percentage Index that clearly showed Louisville was not favored to win the Big East and would likely finish in the middle of the pack if not worse based on that RPI. He reminded everyone that there are 9 teams in the top 47, Louisville being 47th and that the pressure was on every night in the BIG EAST. He stated that any team could easily drop 20 points in the RPI with a home loss based on the quality of teams in the BIG EAST. A 20 point drop would put the Cardinal's chances of entering the NCAA tournament at risk based on their current RPI of 47. Was this Pitino's attempt to set fans expectations and illustrate to them that Louisville would likely not fare well in Big East play and would have yet another mediocre season? I think so but judge for yourself. Watch the video.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter's Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.
On This Day In UK Basketball History
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky scored 143 points against Georgia for the most points ever scored by a Kentucky team in a single game.
- On February 27, 1956, Kentucky made 60 field goals against Georgia for the most field goals ever made in a single game by a Kentucky team.
- On February 27, 2016, freshman Jamal Murray scored 33 points at Vanderbilt.