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Oct 18, 2012 9:22 PM by Mary Jo Perino

Pitino Says He'd Rather Not Recruit Like Kentucky

Rick Pitino has taken some shots at Kentucky since John Calipari came to town. The fact remains, he's 0-3 against Cal as the UK coach. But this year will be Pitino's best shot to beat his nemesis, and his best chance at a national title in Louisville.

The Cards are the preseason number one or number two team depending on which poll you look at, and Pitino thinks he can finally match UK in a category he hasn't been able to for three years. He told CBS Sports that his team has Kentucky-like talent this season.

But that talent comes from a veteran squad, unlike this year's Kentucky team, or the past two Kentucky teams. Pitino said that's never going to be the type of talent he has.

"I'd much rather have players like this," Pitino said at Wednesday's Big East media day, pointing to Siva and Dieng. "A four-year player and a three-year player. If I could do what (Kentucky) could do, I certainly would want the talent they have. But I can't do it. It's not my makeup."

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