Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino previews the Eastern Kentucky game set for Saturday at noon in the Yum Center

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino previews the Eastern Kentucky game set for Saturday at noon in the KFC Yum Center. The game is slated for tipoff at noon.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino met with the media on Friday, previewing the Billy Minardi Classic game to be played on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky University.

The tip is slated for noon in the KFC Yum Center.

Louisville is 9-1, while the Colonels are 6-5. The game is played in honor of Pitino's brother-in-law - Billy Minardi - who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. It's the 15th year for the Minardi Classic.

Here are a few thoughts from Pitino's press conference:

*****Junior center Anas Mahmoud will return to the lineup after missing three games with a concussion.

Mahmoud averages 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds and leads the Cardinals with 15 blocked shots on the season.

*****Pitino said his main concern with EKU was that the Colonels take 27 three-pointers a game. Louisville holds teams to just 28 percent from three-point range and Pitino said that was key for this game.

Former U of L walk-on Dillon Avare has made 23 of 58 from three-point range this season. He's 2 of 3 from two-point range.

*****Pitino said Tony Hicks would be the first point guard off the bench for the Cardinals. He said Hicks has shown improvement.

"I've got to get him ready because he has the athleticism," Pitino said.

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