It's time for a little hoops.
The University of Louisville basketball team will open the season with a Red-White Scrimmage tomorrow night at the KFC Yum Center and on Tuesday afternoon the Cardinals' held their annual media day.
U of L coach Rick Pitino opened media day with a 20-plus minute chat with the media.
Here are a five takeaways from the Pitino chat with the media:
1. A new style for the Cards: Pitino said Louisville will play a new style this season, a more up-tempo style with mainly man-to-man defense. Pitino said he will try to use his depth and length to his advantage this season.
Pitino said the team will run "a pure motion" offense and 95 percent man-to-man on defense.
"I haven't seen the offense we're running in a long time," Pitino said, noting he wants the team to be sharper on the defensive end of the floor at the start of the season. He said you "won't see much, if any," of the traditional match-up zone.
Louisville is practicing with a 20-second shot clock and on defense Pitino said their focus on steals is "just over the top."
2. Front court is balanced: Pitino said he has been rotating is front court in and out and noted they are "very deep" with Anas Mahmoud, atz Stockman, Jaylen Johnson and Ray Spalding. He said Mangok Mathiang should return to practice next week.
Pitino said Mahmoud and Stockman "have been a toss up." He also noted Spalding and Johnson have been going at it in practice and are really making each other a lot better.
He said the front court scoring will be "by committee."
3. The new guys will play: Freshman V.J. King is challenging Deng Adel at the three position, while Pitino said grad transfer Tony Hicks will be the first sub off the bench. Both guys are expected to log a lot of minutes this season.
On Hicks, Pitino said he's the "most athletic guard we have on this team."
4. Where does the scoring come from: Pitino said losing the top three scorers off last year's team will cause some guys to have to step up. He said he has an idea of where the points will come from, but some guys will have to make improvements.
He said the front court scoring will be by committee noted everybody has "improved from last year."
"I have an idea where they will come from," Pitino said, pointing out Quentin Snider, Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel and V.J. King will score along with the front court guys.
5. Another top-notch attitude team: Pitino has preached for several years about the attitude and said this team falls in line with the others in recent years and are "a lot of fun to be around."
"This year's attitude is even better," he said. "I don't think I've had more fun coaching at any time in my life than the past two years."