Following a good win against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Louisville Cardinals coach Chris Mack admitted his joy in seeing how well his guys have reacted to the ups and downs of a college basketball season.
“Our locker room was pretty glum. I didn’t help the matter when I walked in and got after them,” Mack said of the Pitt loss. “I thought their response was pretty good.
“But I said at one point to our coaching staff: ‘Hey, we could come in here and play really hard and play really well and play together and still lose. Good teams do that.’ … So, yeah, a little surprised, but pleased with our guys’ effort and attitude and response from the Pittsburgh game.”
Losing to Pitt this season isn’t like losing to the Panthers during the Kevin Stallings era, but it is still not a great loss. In fact, Chris Mack spoke about how losing in college basketball can eat at you.
“I’ve been around the game enough to know you can be humbled on any given night and then erase a bitter feeling a few nights later,” Mack said. “I don’t know how football coaches do it — they get one game a week.”
Most expect the Louisville Cardinals to begin truly competing next season, especially since six highly rated prospects are arriving to campus. That being said, the Cards have been more than solid this season, improving to 11-5 with the win on Saturday.
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