Louisville coach Rick Pitino previews the Cardinals' game on Saturday against Duke, including Deng Adel slated to start

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino previewed the Cardinals' game on Saturday against Duke with the local media. The Cardinals will host the Blue Devils at noon on Saturday.

Less than two weeks after dropping a close decision at Duke, the University of Louisville men's basketball team will get another chance to take out the Blue Devils on Saturday.

Louisville will host Duke at noon in the KFC Yum Center. The Cardinals will wear throw back uniforms and will honor the 1986 NCAA national champions - who beat Duke in the title game.

And on Friday, Rick Pitino said he'd have a new starter.

Freshman Deng Adel, who was in the lineup early in the year prior to an injury, will start against the Blue Devils. Pitino said he wanted to get him more minutes and he figured starting him would "make sure I get him in there." He's likely to be joined in the lineup by fellow freshman Donovan Mitchell, who started on Wednesday against Syracue.

"This game fits more into Deng's wheelhouse," Pitino said on Friday.

Duke will be without a key starter as Matt Jones injured his ankle on Wednesday in a win over North Carolina. With Amile Jefferson also sidelined, the Blue Devils have just five healthy regular rotation guys, and a sixth in Chase Jeter, who averages just 4.9 minutes in ACC games.

"It's not going to change our game so much," Pitino said of Jones being out.


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