Here are 5 takeaways from the Rick Pitino press conference previewing Louisville vs. Notre Dame tomorrow night in South Bend, Ind.
The game is set to tip off tomorrow at 9 p.m.
1. Practice 'a little easier': Pitino said he has taken it "a little easier" on his team in recent days.
He confirmed that backup center Matz Stockman a concussion in practice on Monday and he was taking it a bit more careful with his team because of the lack of depth on the perimeter and now in the post.
"We've taken it easy as of late," Pitino said. "We're working on a lot of film work and now we're working on playing some other guys at the four in case we have to use Jaylen and Ray at the five.
"We're being very careful right now with injuries."
2. Mitchell back into the lineup: After one game, sophomore guard Donovan Mitchell is expected to make his way back into the starting lineup on Wednesday night. He had a career-high 25 coming off the bench against Indiana.
Pitino alluded to Mitchell being back in there but Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding remaining in the lineup.
"I thought Deng and Donovan played like with total ease offensively," Pitino said. "(Mitchell) wasn't playing with that ease of thinking he is one of the best players on the court."
3. The weak link? Pitino was asked what his team needed to improve on the most but said it was a "tough question" to answer, noting it was probably his team's passing ability.
"We can get a lot better passing the basketball," Pitino said. "Certainly, Anas Mahmoud being in the lineup made our offense flow a lot better because he is a good passer. He's one of the few guys on our team that understands passing."
4. ACC a tough, tough league: Pitino talked about the ACC being as tough as the Big East the season when 10 teams made it into the NCAA Tournament and noted right now he "had no idea who would be in the top four."
"Ten wins may do it," Pitino said of winning the league title.
5. The end of the stretch: The Notre Dame game is the fourth game of the brutal stretch - Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana and Notre Dame - that Pitino has talked about all season. But he said it would be longer because of the way the schedule works.
"Everybody thought it was a four-game stretch, looking at how difficult," Pitino said. "And now you look at Duke, North Carolina and Louisville at the bottom of the league standings. . . . . this is just an amazing league."
Pitino noted Saturday's game at Georgia Tech won't be easy.
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