Louisville has worked a lot on free throws this week; will take on Jacksonville State on Friday in the NCAA Tournament

Louisville has worked a lot on free throws this week; will take on Jacksonville State on Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

The University of Louisville basketball team has spent a lot of time on the free throw line this week.

The Cardinals have struggled at the line this season and since the loss to Duke last Thursday head coach Rick Pitino said they have "set a record for free throws taken" during practice.

Pitino joked they had taken "11 million and something," and made "about 10.6 million."

Louisville, which is hitting just 68.5 percent from the line on the season, will play Jacksonville State in its opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon at 2:45 in Indianapolis.

And Pitino thinks the free-throw woes will be improved.

"Without the 20-hour rule (because of spring break) and having this entire week to prepare, we have spent a lot of time working on it," the Hall of Fame coach said. "If practice, percentage-wise, is any indication at all, we will be improved."

Pitino said the staff has also been talking about tinkering with the lineup late in games.

The Cardinals have been really bad at the line in three of the eight losses this season, including 15 of 26 in the loss last week to Duke in the ACC Tournament quarterfinal. U of L was only 4 of 13 in the loss to North Carolina.

Donovan Mitchell is hitting 80 percent from the line, while Quentin Snider is hitting 72.5 and Deng Adel is at 76.5. But many of the other main players on the roster are much lower. Jaylen Johnson hits only 62.5, while Mangok Mathiang is at 66.7, Ray Spalding at 52.8 and Anas Mahmoud is hitting just 47.9 percent from the line.

"We have to do a better job, everyone," Snider said after the ACC tourney. "There's no excuse, it's something we have to concentrate on and something we have to do better at."


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