Louisville basketball: Weekly notebook

The University of Louisville men's basketball team has been practicing for almost two weeks and has a Red-White scrimmage on Sunday. Cardinal Authority checks in with our weekly installment of the men's hoops notebook.


University of Louisville Junior Montrezl Harrell can expect a lot of accolades during this preseason, including the first All-American team that was announced. He was tabbed on that team by CBS Sports.

The 6-foot-8 Harrell had 32 points in a private scrimmage last weekend and hit three baskets from three-point range and shot free throws a lot better than in the past.

"He's added a very accurate 16-foot jump shot," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "He's handling the ball better, bending his knees better. We've got to get him to play defense better right now. That's the only thing he's not doing better. He was a much better defender last year and he has to pick that up."

But Harrell has been solid in the preseason and is expected to get plenty more national recognition in the coming weeks.

"He really has improved a lot," U of L assistant coach Mike Balado said. "He's worked hard and done everything we have asked him in the offseason."


With six newcomers on the roster, it's tough to try and figure out how Pitino and his staff will divide the minutes for the Cardinals.

But one player sure to see some early action is freshman guard Quentin Snider.

The staff has been pleased with the Kentucky Mr. Basketball's transition to the college game, his willingness to learn and his toughness.

Snider played on a Ballard team that went up against a tough schedule and prepared him for early action with the Cardinals.

"I'm impressed with Quentin because he's gotten physically stronger," Pitino said. "He came here 13 percnet body fat and now he's 7. He's bigger. He's stronger.

"He's typical of most freshmen - he can't guard any of us - but he's offensively a very gifted basketball player."


A limited number of season ticket packages are available from U of L.

There are two packages the schools is offering: Package 1 (the first 11 games) for $456 and package 2 (the final 10 games) for $410.

The package one option includes games against Barry, Bellarmine, Jacksonville State, Marshall, Savannah State, Cleveland State, Ohio State, Florida International, UNC-Wilmington. Cal State Northridge and Kentucky.

The package two option is games against: Long Beach State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Duke, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, N.C. State, Miami, Notre Dame and Virginia.

For information contact the ticket office at (502) 852-5151.


U of L sent out a release on Wednesday that tickets for the Jimmy B Classic game in Madison Square Gardens against Indiana are now on sale.

The game will be played on Dec. 9 with Illinois and Villanova as the first game of the doubleheader at 7 p.m. that same night.

Tickets are $85 each and are available at the U of L ticket office. You may call (502) 852-5151 or tickets throuhg Ticketmaster are $15-$275.

The game is slated for ESPN.


It will be a busy weekend for the Cardinals.

U of L will practice up to Sunday's 2 p.m. Red-White scrimmage at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals will host their annual media day before the scrimmage.

Tickets for the scrimmage are $5 and $10 and available at the U of L ticket office.

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