Rick Pitino Says Louisville Player Thought Tracy Wolfson Was Stealing Plays

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 17:  Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals talks with Quentin Snider #4 of the Louisville Cardinals against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 17, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Louisville Cardinals looked seasoned in Friday's 78-63 round of 64 triumph over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. However, head coach Rick Pitino shared a humorous anecdote with reporters after the win that revealed how new the NCAA tournament stage is to some players on his squad. 

"This is a very inexperienced team," Pitino said, per ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf. "We're down two scholarships. Our backcourt is a little thin. Show you how inexperienced we are, one of my players said, 'There's a lady in the huddle stealing our plays.' It's Tracy Wolfson."

Wolfson, who's a sideline reporter for CBS, tweeted out her reaction to the mix-up once Pitino made it public: 

"They thought she was giving it to the other team," Pitino added, per Medcalf. "I told [sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell], she's not doing that -- no, it wasn't him."

The Cardinals may have shown their youth in that moment, but Friday's commanding win reinforced the notion that the Midwest Region's No. 2 seed has the talent necessary to make a run into the second weekend of the tournament. 

That said, Pitino's club will need to turn out one of its stingier defensive performances of the season to clinch a spot in the Sweet 16. 

Next up for the Cardinals are the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines, who scorched the Oklahoma State Cowboys for 16 threes in a 92-91 win Friday afternoon. 

And while the Wolverines rank fourth in adjusted offensive efficiency, per KenPom.com, the Cardinals clock in at No. 7 overall in terms of adjusted defensive efficiency.