"The thing about playing Cincinnati
is that you have to play every single possession or they're going to hurt you," said Rick Pitino
following the Cardinals 77-70 win over visiting Cincinnati. "They're going to hurt you with a steal or they're going to hurt you with an offensive rebound. They're a terrific basketball team. It's a very competitive rivalry and one that we know we've got to be a great defensive team to have any chance at winning. We played excellent defense tonight."
"We kept telling ourselves that the best defensive team will win the game. They're probably the best defensive team in the country in the half-court situation because they block shots well and they rebound well. It doesn't get any better than them defensively and when you can score against their defense, you know you're a pretty good offensive basketball team."
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