Pitino preps Louisville for Ohio State

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is preparing his team for a "major test" on Tuesday night when the Cardinals' face Ohio State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will tip at 9:35 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

While his team has a 5-0 record, University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino admitted Monday that he wasn't elated with where the team is at heading into December.

Pitino said he's worried about the Cardinals' offense and ball movement. He noted the Cardinals are hitting just 43.7 percent from the field, while having only 59 assists and 64 turnovers on the season.

"Statistically, I don't like what I'm seeing," Pitino said. "We are (usually) a high assist team. We're not this year. So it is concerning me. I think that's leading to bad shots."

Pitino said his team will have to move the ball better and show more patience beginning on Tuesday night when the Cardinals face Ohio State at 9:35 p.m. in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Both teams are 5-0.

"They're going to be a major test for us," Pitino said.

U of L is coming off a 45-33 win over Cleveland State and the Cardinals are hitting just 25 of 104 from the field. But Pitino said the team is competing and the Cardinals are holding opponents to just 30.3 percent from the field, including 20 of 103 three-pointers.

"I don't worry about their attitude," Pitino said. "They play their asses off."


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