Pitino perturbed after the N.C. State loss

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino wasn't too happy with his team following Saturday's loss to North Carolina State. He made comments on the ACC teleconference and on his weekly radio show on 840-WHAS on Monday. He's a few of this thoughts:

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was ticked off at his team 74-65 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center.

It was just the second time in 80 games - over a three-year span - that U of L led at halftime only to lose the game.

Pitino said the game was the only time this season he has been "disappointed" with his team. U of L is now 20-5 on the season and 8-4 in the ACC.

U of L had a double session on Monday because Pitino was so upset.

"I was very embarrassed that (Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng) had to see us play that way," Pitino said of his two former stars who were in attendance.

Here are a few other things Pitino said:

On the lack of bench scoring: "We don't get scoring out of our bench because we don't play our bench that much. It's the first time since I've been at Louisville that we've done this. Our starters are so much more experienced than the rest of our team."

On the team not creating turnovers: "This team is very inactive with their hands. There's five areas of deflections: a blocked shot, a loose ball recovery, back tip from press, altering the path of the ball, and then the steal. Like I said the other day, we've been averaging over 35. This year we're averaging 27. Our 1s and 2s are averaging 5 a game, when in previous years, they'd averages 8 to 11. We're not as good a pressing teams as we have been in the past. It's not the best pressing team I've had."

On what he told his team about getting Montrezl Harrell the ball, noting Harrell has to help some as well and the way he posts up: "If (Harrell) is open and you don’t get him the ball, you’re coming out of the game."

On not using the press as much: "We’re going to use our press sparingly. . . . We’re going to use it when we’re down or need changes, but not as a steady diet."

Pitino said his team had 31 missed defensive assignments and "10 is a lot."

Pitino said he would play Anas Mahmoud more and that Mangok Mathiang would see less minutes, noting "I have to live with the mistakes."

Pitino also said again his team would likely have two fifth-year transfers.

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