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Last night I was haunted


by the image of Russ Smith staring up into his coach's eyes, wringing his hands during the entire, though brief and one-sided, conversation. Rick Pitino just a few weeks ago said he loved Russ, that he never had to worry about what he said to Russ because Russ doesn't take anything seriously.

Really? Did you see Russ Smith's face during that interlude late in last night's embarrassment? Did you see the look in his eyes? Did you see the constant, uneasy and unsettling motion of the kid's hands? Sure, Russ didn't play well and didn't seem to much care — but at the end of all that it was Russ who had the look of someone heartbroken. Russ "doesn't take much seriously?" We should remember this comment came from the same guy who said our offense is fine.

I don't know what the answer is — others smarter than I might figure it out. But something happened internally that's torn this team asunder. They don't appear to be having fun; they don't appear to care one bit for one another's company. And there is a definite dis-connect between the team and their coach. All this has happened just three weeks after Pitino said he was having more fun coaching this bunch than any other team he's ever had.

What's gone so terribly wrong? It looks as though everything has. I only hope someone steps forward with an explanation because when that happens — when the problem is admitted — then perhaps the team can get about the task of fixing it.

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