Pitino Says Georgetown's Been Lucky
Today's Georgetown-Louisville game was great stuff, and you'd have to figure there's a high chance these teams play again next week in New York. Which is why Pitino continuing to go out of his way to get himself posted on some sort of locker room bulletin board seemed odd, if nothing else. Here's what he said when asked today how Georgetown keeps winning these last-possession last-minute games (6-0 this season).
"They've been lucky," he said. Then he took a minute, and decided to add some more.
"They won because they were better," he said. "And obviously good teams get luck, but on a goaltending call, on a push out-of-bounds, on a Hibbert three, God bless them, they're closer to heaven than we are.
"But tonight they were better. They made the plays down the stretch. It wasn't luck. Those other games were pretty lucky. You've got to just take your hat off. Put it this way, if they were going to the race track we'd all be up a lot of money right now."
John Thompson III, any response to Pitino?
"I'll just say this, when he came out of the locker room with the same clothes on, I felt pretty good," Thompson said, referring to Pitino's white-suit-dark-suit half-time switch during the teams' last meeting.
"It takes luck," he continued, after everyone stopped laughing. "It takes luck. There's no doubt about that, it takes luck. And at the same time, that group in there has put themselves in a position to be lucky. We believe in what we're doing and how we're doing it, so when the luck kind of rolls around, we're there to take it. And so there were a lot of situations where we could have [slipped], this game or other games, we stuck with it, we believed in each other, we believed in how we were doing things. And so in life, just putting yourself in the position to be lucky is what it's all about. So if you want to call it luck, we'll take it."
And just in case Pitino didn't produce enough gambling overtones, here's what Thompson said about enjoying the win.
"I said this last year, two years ago, we finished this phase but we're still sitting at the table," he said. "Games are still going on, cards are still being played, the dice are still in someone's hands. So we can't build ourselves up and start to feel good right now, we've got to keep playing."
(PS: Thompson also said that Chris Wright, who dressed today for the first time in ages, will likely play in the Big East Tournament. What a stroke of good luck for the Hoyas.)
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