(LOUISVILLE, KY.) With just 11 days until their first exhibition game, the University of Louisville held it's annual Media Day at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Cards are the unanimous choice to win the Big East title and are ranked #2 in the country in the Coaches' Poll coming into the season. Although last year's Final Four run was considered a surprise, U of L was ranked in the top five before last season, before getting off to a shaky start. This year's bunch feels like they've learned their lesson. "Last year, a lot of people had us preseason ranked number four. We reached that season ranking and kinda dropped off during the year. You know, this year we're trying to stay level headed, not pay attention to it. Continue to practice how we've been practicing, and continue to move on", said senior guard, Peyton Siva.
While the rest of the country is expecting to see the team in Atlanta for this year's Final Four, Head Coach, Rick Pitino says he doesn't share the same optimism in the preseason. "I don't expect to get back. I don't think it's that type of basketball team," said Pitino in a one-on-one interview with Wave 3 Sports Director, Kent Taylor. The former head coach of the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics stays in contact with his NBA connections, and gives some insight into who they think has the best chance of winning the national championship this season. "from what the pro scouts are saying to me, maybe Indiana is the one team, because they shoot it so well. They pass it so well. They've got a veteran lineup," said Pitino.
The team is just ready to get the season started. "We just can't wait for the season to start. The expectation part is a little bit rough, and is a lot coming in. But, I think we have the personnel to get the job done, but I don't like to count eggs before it hatches," said junior guard, Russ Smith. The team will get it's first look at another team when it starts exhibition play on November first against Pikeville at the KFC Yum! Center.
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