'Extremely disappointing' loss to Memphis

MEMPHIS - Louisville still has a share of the lead in the AAC and faces another tough road game after 72-66 loss at Memphis on Saturday. The Cardinals are 24-5 on the season and 13-3 in AAC.

The University of Louisville suffered what Rick Pitino called a "extremely disappointing" loss on Saturday, falling 72-66 at Memphis.

The Cardinals led by eight points with 4:46 left in the game and didn't hit another field goal the rest of the way, losing 72-66.

"It was an extremely disappointing loss," Pitino said. "Overall though you have to give Memphis credit . . . giving up a crucial three in a tie game was a bad thing for us.

"Not much to say, just disappointing."

Pitino said he was mad at his team for "acting like junior high kids," celebrating too much when Montrezl Harrell's dunk made it 65-57.

The Tigers then did the rest, using a 15-1 run to end the game to grab the second win of the season over U of L (24-5, 13-3).

Several of the players said Pitino's pointing out the lack of focus late in the game - after the celebration - hit home.

"More like immaturity," Rozier said. "We needed to dig in even more and lock down on it. But we can't take it back. We learned not to celebrate early and play with each other no matter what and what adversity we face."

And it doesn't get any easier for the Cardinals. After having a seven-game winning streak snapped, the Cardinals head to SMU on Wednesday night before ending the season at home next Saturday at home against Connecticut.

"These are hostile environments and Wednesday is even going to be worse," Pitino said. "These are good tournament games. We're going to be a decent tournament team.

"I'm not overly concerned about it. Cincinnati lost on the road. It's tough. We've had a good road season, it came to the end and now we have to get ready for another tough road game."

U of L senior Luke Hancock said the team needs to take the loss just like the other losses and "we have to learn from it."

"We just have to try and get ready and come again," he said. "I think this game will be kind of a wake up. We won't need to be too much more said or done about (the lack of focus).

"We have a lot of work to do but we just have to get back to work and do it."

Pitino was disappointed by his team's celebration when it was up eight and also the wide-open shot that Chris Crawford got to give Memphis the lead for good with 1:36 left.

"Sliding through that play there was absurd, just absolutely absurd by our defense," Pitino said. "We talked about it every time out."

While the loss is tough, senior Russ Smith said he's not going to let the team get down.

"We're OK," Russ Smith said. "Some things we have to do, but we'll be OK. We kind of got caught up in it and made a mistakes. It happens, we just have to get ready for the next one."

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