Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent some time on Friday with the media talking about Louisville vs. Virginia

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino spent some time on Friday with the media talking about Louisville vs. Virginia. The Cardinals will host the Cavaliers on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.

The University of Louisville basketball team starts a huge three-day stretch on Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Cardinals host Virginia at 1:06 p.m. in the KFC Yum Center in ACC action.

The Cardinals will thrn turn around and host North Carolina on Monday night.

"It's a big weekend, obviously," Rick Pitino said. "What (Virginia) just did to Wake Forest was interesting to say the least. We're coming off a very good road swing where we -- the second game -- played probably our worst defensive outing of the year. But I think that had a lot to do with the officiating for both teams. That's what's happening in college basketball.

"That's why the scoring is up the same way it was in the NBA. Players have to get used to the offensive player banging into you to create fouls, and they've got to get used to drawing offensive fouls and holding your plane. The NBA had to get used to it and now the college has to get used to it. That's why scoring is up because more free throws are being shot."

Louisville (17-3) is trying to win a fifth game in a row. The Cardinals are 6-1 in ACC play, while Virginia is 16-4 and 5-3.

The game is a "White Out" and the Cardinals will wear new adidas "Ice" uniforms.

Here's Rick Pitino previewing the game:


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