University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he was pleased with the effort but noted his team "must get better" after the second Red-White Scrimmage at the KFC Yum Center before 10,759 fans on Sunday.
The White team led by as much as 23 points in the game but had to hang on in the end for an 89-6 victory over the Red team.
Montrezl Harrell led the White team with 24 points and eight rebounds, while Terry Rozier had 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Chris Jones had 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for Red.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. Harrell playing some at the 3: U of L junior Montrezl Harrell is considered one of the best power forwards in the country but on this day he played a little at the three position and looked pretty good. Pitino noted that Harrell needs to realize when he's playing the three he needs to do more work inside because it will be a matchup nightmare for opponents. Harrell is shooting better from outside - even though he was just 1 of 7 from three-point range. He hit a couple of long jumpers. You will still see a lot of dunks and most of his work inside, but Harrell can now do work on the perimeter as well.
2. Aaron with a solid effort: Maybe it was hitting his first shot - a three-pointer to open the game - or just another week of practice, but Shaqquan Aaron looked so much better. He had 18 points and two assists on 6 of 8 shooting. He was 3 of 5 from three-point range and has such a sweet stroke. He reminds me of Francisco Garcia and played like it today. Pitino said he's made a huge stride in a week's time for the Cardinals.
3. Mathiang quietly impressing: Center Mangok Mathiang didn't do a lot of flashy things but ended up with 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Red. Pitino says he has "four really good players" and isn't including Mathiang but that could quickly change. If the two scrimmages are any indication, Mathiang is in for a big, big season. He's really improved and isn't trying to do anything he can't do at this point. He's just playing his role.
4. Guards rebounding the ball: Remember last season, Pitino talked about how good Terry Rozier was on the boards. Well, now Rozier has some company from his backcourt mates. Chris Jones has really improved his going after the ball and Quentin Snider has always been someone who can snag you a few boards. The four guards had a combined 25 rebounds, including nine from Snider and seven from Jones. Rozier had six and Anton Gill added three. If the guards rebound like that it will be a huge help for the inside folks.
5. Ready for another opponent: Pitino said his team wasn't ready to face another opponent but his players said they're tired of facing each other. These two Red-White scrimmages have been great and showed a lot, but it's tough to really tell how good they can be because they know what the opposing team is going to do all the time. The exhibition game against Barry on Saturday will be fun. Finally, we get a chance to see these five really talented players on the same side. I can't wait to see Harrell-Rozier and Jones on the same team, playing as hard as they have in the scrimmages.