Mack says defense will be key for UofL against Central Arkansas

Cards go for third-straight win Wednesday at KFC Yum! Center

Mack says defense will be key for UofL against Central Arkansas
UofL basketball coach Chris Mack and junior forward Dwayne Sutton both talked about the Cards' defense at the team's weekly media availability Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - UofL basketball coach Chris Mack and junior forward Dwayne Sutton both talked about the Cards' defense at the team's weekly media availability Tuesday.

It was the defense that helped Louisville earn a second-straight win at Seton Hall over the weekend.

UofL recorded a season-high eight “kills,” an internal statistic the team celebrates when it gets three consecutive defensive stops.

“Seven per game is the goal,” Sutton said. “Eight’s the highest number we’ve had this year.”

Mack said that while a team’s ability to score at will can certainly win games, any offense can struggle, which is why defense can also win games if the effort is right.

“If (offense is) what you’re relying on to win games, you’re gonna be in for a rude awakening some nights,” the first-year coach said. "The team that can put together some defensive stops can put itself in a position to win.

Looking ahead to Wednesday’s opponent, Central Arkansas, Mack said his team will need to rely on its defense once again.

“They’re one of the best three-point shooting teams that we (will have) faced to date,” Mack said.

Point guard DeAndre Jones averages nearly 15 points per game, and Mack said the sophomore can be a problem.

“He’s small, he’s quick, he has the ball in his hands a lot,” Mack said. “Their coach uses him in ways to generate shots for his teammates ... He shoots it at such a high level, and he looks for shots, so he puts a lot of pressure on your defense. ... We’ve got our hands full. We’ll have a really good point guard coming into our arena (Wednesday).”

Added Sutton: “I know Central Arkansas is a team that likes to spread the floor.”

The Cards (5-2) and Bears (3-4) tip off Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center at 7 p.m. on WAVE 3 News.

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