Bizarre Play Sparks Louisville To Final 4

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Bizarre Play Sparks Louisville To Final 4, Rick Pitino said he was yelling at his own player. The referee didn’t disagree, but assessed the Louisville coach with a technical foul anyway. It turned out to be a boon for the fourth-seeded Cardinals.

Louisville went on a 25-10 run after Pitino’s tech to storm back from an 11-point deficit to defeat No. 7-seed Florida, 72-68. The comeback began when Pitino went ballistic while yelling at one of his players for getting his fourth foul.

Pitino explained his side of the story after the game. “I’m yelling to Peyton Siva, why would you foul him, and the referee gives me a technical,” Pitino told Reggie Miller. “I’m yelling at my own player!”

Technically, Pitino’s excuse was correct. Replays showed that he wasn’t yelling at referee Karl Hess, but at Siva for a ticky-tack fourth foul that forced him to the bench and gave Florida two free throws.

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