Basketball Cards begin practice

It was a business-like approach at the initial practice session for the 2009-10 University of Louisville men's basketball team when it took the court on Friday evening as the Cardinals worked for three hours at the Yum! Center.

"We had a very intense three hour practice," said U of L Coach Rick Pitino, who enters his ninth year at Louisville and 24th as a collegiate head coach. "Our guys fought through it and gave great effort.  A lot of work lies ahead, but we have a lot of potential." 

The Cardinals plan to follow up Friday's session with two practices each on Saturday and Sunday with morning and evening sessions. 

U of L returns nine lettermen from last year's BIG EAST Championship team which also earned the top seed in the NCAA Tournament and reached the NCAA Elite Eight with a 31-6 record.  

Fans can get a first look at the team at a Red-White intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. in Freedom Hall. Tickets for the event are $5 at the U of L Ticket Office; online at online, by calling (502) 361-3100 or by visiting any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, including statewide Kroger locations. Convenience fees are applied with Ticketmaster orders. Further information can be obtained by calling the U of L ticket office at (502) 852-5863.  

U of L plays its first exhibition game on Oct. 28 against Georgetown College in Freedom Hall. The Cards open the season on Nov. 17 against Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase in St. Louis, Mo.

Practice Update

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"Our early emphasis is on verbal communication and rebounding at both ends," Pitino said. "We must get the bigs to sprint the floor better, not only to make us tough to defend, but to fulfill their personal goals of playing beyond college."

According to Pitino, the team's best assets to start practice this fall:

1. Attitude- tremendous desire to excel.

2. Toughness- the BIG EAST has hardened their minds and bodies.

Visit for Pitino's break down of each player.

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