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Sully's Court: Pitino and Bruiser should never play each other

Posted by Joe Sullivan, Globe Staff  December 15, 2010 10:29 AM

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There ought to be a law: That Rick Pitino can't play Bruiser Flint. I've often wrote about how Pitino's style of coaching, his team basically chucks up threes then presses full court and fouls a lot, can be difficult to watch for me. Too many whistles, too many free throws and games that drag on too long. Pitino's coaching cousin is Bruiser, whose teams play karate-chop man-to-man defense and less-than-smooth halfcourt offense. Lots of whistles, lots of fouls. Not as many as Pitino's team but still Bruiser's teams are also never pleasant to watch. So we have Louisville and Pitino hosting Drexel and Bruiser Tuesday night. It was ugly. No surprise to Sully's Court. The surprise, however, was Drexel's 52-46 victory. Bruiser and Drexel forced Pitino and Louisville to play their way, a rugged half-court game and Louisville failed to adapt. Sully's Court loves upsets especially ones like this where the BCS team loses so it was an interesting game. But UGLY. Drexel is now 7-1 and would have to be the co-favorite in the CAA with Old Dominion. Louisville is 8-1 but has only played home games. This loss makes them suspect. Quick aside, game analyst Bob Valvano, a Sully's Court favorite, made a quick reference to Louisville just finishing exams Tuesday and lamenting that the team could only practice once on Monday because of NCAA regulations. Remember, the 20-hours of practice regulation is in effect largely because of Pitino's practices at Providence where he drove the team relentlessly. Allegedly, this players are supposed to go to school. However, now that exams are over, there are no limits on practice.

Another BCS upset: Oakland played Michigan State to a one-point game, and has also lost to West Virginia, Purdue, and Illinois this season but the Grizzilies finally got a win over a Top 25 team by beating No. 7 Tennessee 89-82 Tuesday night. Michigan and Ohio are also on the schedule before the Grizzlies move into Summit League play where they're the favorite to get the league's NCAA bid. The Grizz are a team to avoid in the bracket come March. Oakland coach Greg Kampe is a brave man to play this schedule. "We're not scared of anybody," he told reporters. "We weren't intimidated by the No. 7 team in the country because we had just played Michigan State, and we should have won that game. We had just played Illinois, and we could have won that game. I think those are big and can help us."

Still undefeated: Cincinnati won its ninth straight by beating Georgia Southern 99-54. The Bearcats have only played one road game, at Toledo, a team that ranks near the bottom nationally.

Mile-high disappointment: I thought Denver could win the Sun Belt. The Pioneers are now 2-9 after losing at Wyoming 61-48 Tuesday night. Wyoming is only 4-6.

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