ORLANDO, Fla. – Louisville coach Rick Pitino has no problem with his team's seeding in the NCAA tournament. It's the pairing that is drawing his ire.
Pitino criticized the selection committee Wednesday for pitting his fourth-seeded and defending national champion Cardinals against 13th-seeded Manhattan, which is coached by Pitino's former assistant, Steve Masiello. Louisville and Manhattan open tournament play Thursday night in the Midwest Region in Orlando.
Pitino says, "I don't think that's right for either one of us."
Masiello served as Pitino's ball boy with the NBA's New York Knicks in the 1980s, played for him at Kentucky (1996-1997) and then spent another six years coaching alongside him at Louisville (2005-11). They know each other inside and out, with Masiello molding Manhattan to mirror the Cardinals.