As Louisville prepares to face Manhattan in the first round of this year’s March Madness 2014 on TNT Sports, head coach Rick Pitino is making headlines for comments made regarding some of the (live stream and TV coverage) matchups, this according to a March 20, 2014 report by FOX-Sports.
According to the defending National Champion of the Louisville Cardinals, the NCAA Tournament selection committee not only makes questionable decisions at times, but they often don’t make much sense.
The selection committee is very fair, very honorable, very honest people, so I can't protest too much because they're doing the best job that they can do,” Pitino said of facing his former understudy’s team, Steve Masiello and the Manhattan Jaspers. “I think the pairings sometimes lack common sense. I don't think they would put somewhere down the road Duke-North Carolina so ... the matchups don't make sense to me. I'm OK with the seedings. I'm not OK with the matchups.”
The Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., will be the site for this controversial matchup between the second seeded Cards and the Jaspers, the No.13 team in the Midwest Bracket.
Opening tipoff is scheduled for tonight at 9:50 p.m. EST (8:50 p.m. CST/7:50 p.m. MST/6:50 p.m. PST) following the conclusion of the March Madness 2014 game between N.C. State and St. Louis.
NCAA basketball fans trying to watch this game online rejoice, because courtesy of March Madness Live Streaming page, you don’t have to miss a minute of the action even if you can’t get to a TV set. Simply visit March Madness Live Stream page online, or simply click here to be transferred directly (No subscription required).
As far as what basketball aficionados can expect to see hen they tune in, it should come as no surprise that NCAAB oddsmakers favor Louisville [-16] by a bundle against Manhattan [+16] in the point-spread category. The OVER/UNDER totals 142 points, and alternate betting lines have the Cardinals valued at -2000, while the Jaspers’ odds of an upset stand at +1200.
Don’t miss what could turn out to be a surprisingly competitive game between Rick Pitino and his ex-pupil Steve Masiello. After all, there aren’t too many active coaches out there that know Pitino’s scheme and coaching style better than Masiello. This week, the Cardinals manager stated this game could be tougher than when he faced Billy Donovan and Florida last season in the early rounds of the tourney.
"We press like him, we trap like him, his offensive sets are just like ours," Pitino added. "That's why I don't like the game. I don't think it's fair. I don't like it. I don't know why they would do it. I just don't like the game at all for either one of us. We won the national championship and obviously we're more heralded, but this is anybody's game. This is not a 1-16."
Tune to TNT following NC State vs. St. Louis to see what happens, or simply click on the link provided above to stream the action live straight to a desktop or internet mobile devices at the aforementioned TV starting time.