Pitino hopes wayward Cards find the mark

Louisville needs some adjustments after shooting just 27 percent from the floor against Kentucky Saturday in a 61-49 loss to drop them to 5-4 on the season heading into tonight's contest against Savannah State.

With Christmas just days away, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are trying to salvage the holiday season after back-to-back home court losses to UMass and Kentucky last week.

Pitino's Cards needed some adjustments after shooting just 27 percent from the floor against the Wildcats Saturday in a 61-49 loss to drop them to 5-4 on the season heading into tonight's contest against Savannah State.

"We all have a bad Christmas when we lose to Kentucky and this is three bad Christmas' in a row," Pitino said Tuesday. "When you lose two in a row at home you should feel down. I hope we can lift up our arms by tomorrow because we've taken so many shots the past two days. They're a good group of guys and they're very disappointed losing two games."

Despite Louisville's recent shooting woes, the Cardinals made just 6 field goals in the first half against UMass last Wednesday and made only 3-24 three pointers against Kentucky, Pitino believes his team is a better shooting team than they've shown of late.

"I don't think we're a better shooting team than the Final Four team, but I think we're a better shooting team that last year," Pitino said. "I think we have very good scorers, not pure shooters. It was just a tough night shooting the basketball (against Kentucky), but that happens."

Louisville will look to get back on the winning track tonight. With just five games left before the start of Big East play, the Cardinals need to show some quick improvement with their shooting, though Pitino has been pleased with his team's ball movement and offensive execution.

"We're very disappointed with the Kentucky game because we lost, but if we continue to execute like that we're going to win 90 percent of our games," Pitino said. "I think they are down and they're confidence is a little shaken. But they have a great attitude and they work very hard."

Pitino also hopes 6-11 junior David Padgett will step forward and assume a larger leadership role on a team that starts one freshman and relies on three others coming off the bench.

"I've asked David to be more of a leader and stop worrying about his knee," Pitino said. "He did a good job in the Kentucky game of that."


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