Three Louisville players - Anas Mahmoud, Quentin Snider and Ray Spalding - talk Louisville basketball

Three University of Louisville basketball players met with the media on Friday, talking about the 6-1 start for the Cardinals and Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan. The Cardinals will host the Eagles at 2:05 p.m. in the KFC Yum Center.

Sophomore point guard Quentin Snider said the University of Louisville basketball team has been focused on defense, trying to improve on that end of the floor in the coming weeks.

But this week the Cardinals have also been practicing against a familiar defense - the 2-3 zone.

Snider said Eastern Michigan - the U of L opponent on Saturday - plays a 2-3 zone that "is a lot like Syracuse" and the Cardinals have been working a lot on how to attack the Eagles' defense.

"That's what we have been preparing for this week," Snider said. "They are a very good team and play good defense."

Sndier said other than Eastern Michigan it has been defense the Cardinals have been working on noting, "coach has been wanting to (press) more so we can get the game faster."

"Defense is what we need to work on the most," he said. "We still haven't gotten the 2-3 zone down as much and that's something we really have to work on and we are doing it."

Snider, freshman Ray Spalding and sophomore Anaz Mahmoud met with the media prior to the game against the Eagles.

Eastern Michigan is 6-3 and ranks third in the nation in steals at 11.4 a game and is 17th in field-goal percentage at 36.6.

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