Louisville ready for 'difficult' Marshall

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and freshman Chinanu Onuaku met with the media on Thursday, previewing Friday's 9 o'clock game against Marshall. The Cardinals (2-0) will host the Thundering Herd (3-0) in the second home game of the season.

With Marshall easily winning its first three games of the season, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said the Cardinals are in for a major test.

Pitino said unlike most teams U of L will face this season, the Thundering Herd doesn't have a ton of size to match up again. Marshall's tallest starter is 6-foot-6 and all five starters are between 6-4 and 6-6.The Cardinals will have to play "really good defense," to defend a team averaging 75.7 points a game and allowing just a tick over 57.

"It's a very difficult to guard (Marshall)," Pitino said. "They play 5 out at times. This is a difficult opponent to prepare for."

Pitino said U of L is focused on one game at a time but it will be interesting to see how the focus of the Cardinals is after a blowout of Jacksonville State on Monday.

U of L has several freshmen and sophomores playing key roles.

Here's Pitino and freshman Chinanu Onuaku previewing the game:

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