Date: Monday, November 3
Time/Location: 7:38 p.m./ Freedom Hall
Radio: 84 WHAS
Last Meeting: U of L 96, EA Sports 90
Satellite Coordinates: SBS 6, Transponder 6 (KU Band)
Officials: Steve Welmer, Brent Hampton, James Breeding
The University of Lousiville tips-off the 2003-04 season tonight at 7:30 against the EA Sports East All-Satrs at Freedom Hall.
And it'll be a new look for the Cards, who must replace three starters in the line-up this season, including Orlando Magic rookie guard Reece Gaines.
"I don't know the competition real well, so I don't know if they're going to kill us or if we're going to be competitive..I don't know," Pitino said of EA Sports. "We obviously want to see where our defense is. We've been working extremely hard on defense."
EA Sports enters tonight's contest 1-1 on the young season, having defeated Virginia Tech 86-82 Friday night before falling to Xavier the following night, 100-63, in Cincinnati.
Louisville enters the exhibition with two intra-sqaud scrimmages under it's belt and is fully aware that the offense is ahead of the defense during the early going. In the first two scrimmages, it's become apparent this squad has a bunch of excellent outside shooters but is still a work in progress at the defensive end.
"We shot a very high percentage tonight," Pitino said after Friday night's scrimmage. "I loved the passing and the unselfishness, the extra passes. We're just really far behind on defense."
The Cards will get a chance to find out exactly where they are at the defensive end tonight against an opponent that shot 58.5 percent in Friday night's win at Virginia Tech and placed four players in double figures but tired in an up-tempo game the next night against Xavier in a blowout defeat.
Louisville has defeated an EA Sports All-Star team each of the past three seasons, including a 96-90 victory last season.
PROJECTED STARTING LINE-UPS
Nate Daniels or
|Forward||23||Ricky Price (Duke)||6'5|
|Forward||25||Isaac Harmon (Cal State Fullerton)||6'8|
|Center||55||Lonnie Jones (Ball State)||7'0|
|Guard||15||Al Faux (San Diego State)||6'2|
Mike Chappell (Michigan State)