University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino previewed the Kentucky game during his radio show on Monday night, calling the next four games the "toughest stretch" of games he can remember during his career.
The Cardinals will open the stretch by hosting the rival Wildcats on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Pitino said he's still learning things about his team. U of L has won five in a row and is now 10-1 and moved back into the top 10 of the Associated Press poll this week at the No. 10 spit.
"I'm not sure this basketball team, with the experience it has, is capable of playing a full 40 minutes," Pitino said.
Pitino said with the Wildcats and their talented freshmen De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk that you "have to understand what you are going against," and he knows that his players are not going to back down.
And Pitino said he's not going to change his style, noting he's wanted to push the pace with this team the whole season.
"We're not going to slow it down," against Kentucky, Pitino said. "We're going to try and do what we do best."
Pitino then joked that "we'd like to get 120 and hold them to 98."
"We have athletes," Pitino said. "We have enough athletes to play our style. Our front court doesn't run as fast as their front court does, but our wings can so we will do a lot of running. That's what the fans want to see."
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