University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called his team's six-game stretch "one of the toughest" he can remembers. The Cardinals second game in that tough six pack will be Saturday at 4 p.m. in South Bend, Ind.
The Cardinals (19-5, 8-3) will play Notre Dame at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
U of L will then host Syracuse and Duke next week before traveling to Pittsburgh and Miami and then ending the season home against Georgia Tech and on the road at Virginia.
Pitino also talked about his future and the future of center Chinanu Onuaku.
The 6-foot-10 center has been told by his Hall of Fame coach to text the NBA waters. With new rules, Onuaku can put his name into the draft, go through the combine and then decide if he will turn pro or return to school.
"With Nanu and the new rules, what I would suggest to him - and I already have - is to put your name in and go to Chicago," Pitino said, referring to the combine. "I want him to do it. I want him to play basketball, go to the teams. I want Nanu to understand that this is not the only place you work hard. . . . it's a great experience for him to learn how to work at that level."
Onuaku is having a breakout season for the Cardinals. He's averaging 9.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots a game.