Louisville vs. Furman: Coach Pitino post game comments
On the importance of Furman game
On Marvin Stone
Marvin looked like a basketball player today. He was confident on the court with his teammates, rebounding well and stepped up. The first game back is always tough and takes adjustment that's why we wanted Marvin's first game to come on the road. But by the second game the players always blossom and play much better.
On UofL's best lineup
Pitino stated that Gaines, Stone, Garcia, Dean and Myles were the teams best lineup. Reece is our best point guard and that allows us to get minutes for Dean and Garcia on the wing because if Reece plays 35 minutes at the two that only allows Dean 5. Garcia and Dean still have defensive weaknesses because they're freshman.....The lineup will change and depend on whether or not Garcia can defend the other team's small forward...which he won't be able to do against Bogans because he's not physically strong enough yet. Marvin, Reece and Ellis are the three who will consistently start.
On UK strengths
They're very physical, rebound extremely well, have great inside strategy and use an effective matchup zone this year. We must neutralize the backboard to beat them. Ralph Willard believes the best way to beat UK is to slow them down and don't run with them, due to their size and athleticism...Now does that mean we'll approach the game that way....probably not..we must play our game and if its not enough it helps us down the road. We may play some zone but our man to man defense has been good and we box out and rebound better in our man defense.
On the "smart" Cards
The team finsihed with a 2.8 GPA last semester and that's certainly the highest GPA I've ever had as a coach. They are dedicated students....they must go to class and tutoring and work extremely hard...the key to college life is going to class.
Eric, Reece and Simeon will all graduate.