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Rick Pitino Quotes

Rick Pitino
Just leaving out the difficulty of winning on the road, it's going to be very difficult for us to sweep the games at home. Notre Dame is a very good team that is snake-bitten. It's unbelievable some of the things that are happening to them. … Marquette played Pittsburgh tough on the road. We played Pittsburgh tough, but that was at home. So it'll be a very difficult haul for us to reach our goals.
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#Difficulty

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I was hoping they wouldn't have that type of game they had (Wednesday). I was hoping they'd save that for us. We're probably going to see a different Syracuse team against us because they have great pride. They need the game and we need the game.
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#Game

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The other guys just caught lightning in a bottle with a great game.
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#American Athlete Quotes

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I think David is a true student of the game. I told him (before Connecticut), 'David, if you keep just going to the jump hook and not going up and under and not making head fakes and going the other way, they're going to play that.' So right away he alters that and goes to different things. … He's very mature, David, on a very immature team.
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#Connecticut

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He's a cancer survivor himself, and he's lost relatives and close friends, like Jim Valvano, to the disease, so I'm not surprised he's gone at this the way he has. He's the captain of this ship, leading the way for the rest of us.
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#Cancer

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It could happen to anyone when you get hired by a different president. There's a difference in philosophies. It happens. It's a change in CEOs. They have their own people, their own philosophies, and it's different than what Bob stands for.
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#American Athlete Quotes

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Their guys have so much experience they're on Social Security. They're getting checks. They've been around. They play like a pro team. They run about 70 percent pick-and-roll. They force traps. They force you to switch. If it was a series, Georgia Tech would probably beat us.
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#Experience

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College basketball today is about perimeter play. The days of a dominant center, like Patrick Ewing, are gone. Today you don't keep centers in college basketball. They go pro. ... I really think the idea that a perimeter-oriented team can't win it is way overblown.
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#Basketball

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Basketball-wise, this is as good as it gets. The competition will be on the court and in recruiting and that's huge.
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#Basketball

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We put bubbles on baskets, we use pads, we have taken everything but a hammer and hit them over the head with it. (But) it's not getting any better.
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#Baskets

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Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer.
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#American Athlete Quotes #Ability

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He was still calm. He would always scare the crap out of me.
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#Calm

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Nobody we've played this season, ... has come with this much size, this much talent and this much experience. North Carolina and Georgia Tech probably have the most overall talent. Now that they're healthy, they're probably believing they can do it.
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#Experience

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Hicks is inch-for-inch, pound-for-pound the toughest player in basketball. We played really good defense against a good ball club.
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#Basketball

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I just don't deal with the negativity. I can't get involved in that side of it. I don't understand it, and you can't let it take away from your life and what you are trying to do.
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#American Athlete Quotes

Rick Pitino
The whole NIT we're playing great defense, that's what we're trying to stress. We talked about, we can't hang our heads because we had injuries, we can't hang our heads because we're young. If you can head to the NIT Final Four, it means you're playing good basketball.
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#Defense

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They're a great basketball team. We gave everything we had to get the victory. We can't play any harder. We certainly [can] shoot the ball better. I'm proud of our guys. ... They're just more physically talented. They're bigger and better.
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#Basketball

Rick Pitino
That was an extremely disappointing loss for us, about as disappointing as we've had. To play such good basketball and come away empty-handed is an empty feeling to say the least. We played well enough to get a 'W' and we didn't.
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#Basketball

Rick Pitino
We got what we deserved from the first day of practice until right now. We showed remarkable character, we showed remarkable resilience with a lot of injuries but we also showed a lack of talent against great competition.
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#Character

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Our message the whole week has been, we're going to be in this type of atmosphere seven or eight times this year. It's a very strong home-court advantage, as strong as it gets in college basketball.
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#Atmosphere

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South Carolina is a terrific team. They are playing great basketball right now.
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#Basketball

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We have played two good halves at the Garden. So we're hoping right now we're playing great basketball to show the Garden a better basketball team.
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#Basketball

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It was fool's gold. I tried to tell the guys in timeouts we weren't playing very good defense.
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#Defense

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You can't let Pittsburgh come at you, ... You can't let Connecticut come at you. You can't let West Virginia come at you. You're not playing against bad teams.
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#Connecticut

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T-Will did a very good job of passing the basketball. I think he's going to do a lot down the road what (former Cardinal) Francisco Garcia does. That's the best part about his game is his passing.
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#Basketball

Rick Pitino
We played a terrific game. We played great. They're just better. They have every player back (from last year) and we don't. We think we have a good grasp on how to play them, but they're just better at what they do than we are at what we do.
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#Game

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Williams goes down seams and finds people. He's so clever with the basketball, and they're big-time finishers because they have the size to finish.
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#Basketball

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We're playing like our life is on the line. We badly want to get to New York to improve and build. There are only three letters (NIT), but this is a very big deal to us.
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#Life

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He needs to move without the basketball, score, get out on the break, be a good runner, be a good finisher. Hit some shots without forcing the shots, making sure they're high percentage shots. Defensively, he can do some things; offensively, he's very limited.
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#Basketball