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Why didn't Pitino go bigger?

One of the biggest questions from the UK-UofL men's basketball game the other day was...why didn't Rick Pitino go bigger?

Playing a virtual four-guard lineup the entire game the Cardinals made Wildcat big man Josh Harrellson look like an All-American...or maybe Enes Kanter (we'll never know).

Granted UofL didn't have many options with sophomore Rakeem Buckles out with a broken hand, but Pitino could've at least tried some combinations up front. Terrence Jennings (how can that guy only grab three rebounds?) and Gorgui Dieng together was a little unlikely, but why not Stephan Van Treese with TJ or Dieng? It could've at least given the Cards a bigger body to put on Harrellson, who feasted on UofL's little lineup when the Cards doubled Terrence Jones in the post. Van Treese played a whopping 1 minute in the Cream Game.

Pitino actually addressed that option in his post-game press conference.

"The reason Van Treese didn't play tonight is because he doesn't do very well with scouting reports, and passing and shooting," the UofL coach said. "One of the reasons why we struggle a little bit is because we have to bother people all the time at all five positions to get open and  shoot the ball. We cannot run any of our stuff because they just sag off of him. He will have to play some when he picks up certain things. Would I play Van Treese and TJ or Van Treese and Dieng together? We are going to have to do that some, but I will probably go small."

So if they are going to have to at some point, why not against Kentucky in a game that matters only for bragging rights and little else?

"We beat UNLV and Butler; we beat Western (Kentucky) playing very well on the road. It is a good lineup, but it wasn't good tonight obviously because we couldn't score," Pitino continued.

UNLV, though, played pretty much a four-guard lineup itself and Butler and Western aren't very big either. So what's going to happen when the Cards start playing in the rugged Big East on Wednesday against Seton Hall? It's a league in which you need big guys to bang and take up space, is Pitino going to stick with his four-guard lineup? I don't think he's going to be able to.