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Rick Pitino called off the dogs with ‘four white guys and an Egyptian’ in 87-26 win

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Saying that he and his Louisville Cardinals team will “get nothing out of this” when discussing an 87-26 romp over the obviously inferior Savannah State Tigers on Monday night, head coach Rick Pitino insisted he did his very best to slow down the onslaught, albeit by explaining how he did so in a humorous manner.

To keep a game from getting way, way, way out of hand is incredibly difficult to do after the fact, though, when it starts off with one team going on a 29-0 run and then leading the game 41-7 at halftime.

But Pitino claims he did his darnedest in the only way available to him: By calling off the dogs and putting in reserves. But it’s how Pitino characterized this move that makes it so amusing … at least for everyone who is not affiliated with Savannah State.

“I tried everything. We played four white guys and an Egyptian,” Pitino quipped after the blowout win, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Pitino is referring to playing David Levitch, Dillon Avare and Trent Gilbert, all walk-ons, extended minutes once the game became a laugher, not to mention giving time on the court to freshman center Matz Stockman.

The “Egyptian” Pitino referred to in his post-game comments is freshman Anas Mahmoud.

The borderline comical thoroughness of the blowout is more than adequately summarized in the following two paragraphs from the Courier-Journal report:

The box score was a mess for Savannah State: 10 of 51 from the field, including a 2-of-26 mark at halftime. The Tigers committed 26 turnovers and 16 came in the first half. They didn’t make a 3-pointer, finishing 0 for 16.

None of their players scored more than eight points.

In other words, not a pretty outing for the Tigers.

“I don’t like to see any team struggle like that, I really don’t,” Pitino said. “This will be the first time since I’ve been at Louisville that I will not watch the game film. You get nothing out of this. You feel bad for the other team.”

Ultimately, Savannah State probably shouldn’t have expected much better, although the degree in which the team was throttled by Louisville must have been a sobering experience.

Speaking of sobering, Tigers head coach Horace Broadnax was aware that his team was in for a rough night and severely over-matched from the get-go, but in light of the quality of opponent, he was able to put the horrible loss in its proper perspective.

“I’ve got a beautiful wife with two kids that I can’t wait to get back to,” he said. “I’m gonna take a nice shower, drink me a cold beer, and move on.”

That’s one way of looking at it. Actually, it’s probably the only way of looking at such a ridiculous drubbing.

[New York Post]