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Fan ejected after exchange with Rick Pitino (VIDEO)

Louisville coach Rick Pitino comments on altercation with North Carolina fan

“He just got in my face," said Rick Pitino talking about a North Carolina fan that had words with him as he left the court following the first half of play against North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday.
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“He just got in my face," said Rick Pitino talking about a North Carolina fan that had words with him as he left the court following the first half of play against North Carolina at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Wednesday.

A North Carolina team spokesman says a fan was ejected after a verbal exchange with Louisville coach Rick Pitino during Wednesday night’s home game.

UNC’s Matt Bowers said the fan was ejected shortly after the incident, which occurred as Pitino was leaving the court for halftime.

Video posted on Twitter showed an animated Pitino shouting toward the seats before being led into the tunnel. After the game, Pitino said North Carolina is a “classy place” despite the fan’s behavior.

"He just got in my face and said something I didn't like," Pitino said, according to the Associated Press. "But I take it from the students all the time. You expect it from students. But from an adult? And then turns his back on me like he's a coward. And he is a coward.”

The No. 7 Cardinals lost to No. 8 North Carolina. The Tar Heels 74-63 win over the Cardinals increased their Alantic Coast Conference lead to two games. Four teams, including Louisville, are tied for second place.

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