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THE BLUEGRASS ISN'T SO BLUE
Curry Kirkpatrick
December 11, 1989
Probation-plagued Kentucky is getting a much-needed lift from its new coach, transplanted Yankee Rick Pitino
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December 11, 1989

The Bluegrass Isn't So Blue

Probation-plagued Kentucky is getting a much-needed lift from its new coach, transplanted Yankee Rick Pitino

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On Saturday, after roaring ahead of Indiana by 11 points in both halves, then falling behind by those 10 late in the game and shooting a pathetic .361 for the day, but clawing back with its oppressive defense, all Kentucky needed was one last basket to earn one of the epic upsets of the decade against Indiana's scarily accomplished freshmen. But Woods's miss didn't dampen Pitino's irrepressible spirit.

"I've never been prouder of a team in my life," he said. "The hardest part is getting these guys to believe they can beat anybody, but they may have already convinced themselves of that today. We learned a valuable lesson in losing, but that's what this season is all about. We're going to keep growing and pointing to two years from now."

By which time, not only should Pitino be able to pronounce "toynament," but all his overachieving little Rickettes could win one as well.

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