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UofL finalizes Puerto Rico schedule

Cards Will Play Nine Games in Six Days in Puerto Rico
UofL men’s basketball team will face the Puerto Rico National and Junior Teams on the Aug. 10-17 visit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Details have been set for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team’s exhibition games on its trip to Puerto Rico on Aug. 10-17.

The Cardinals will play a series of nine games over six days against the Puerto Rico National Team and Junior Team in four different venues, playing three double headers.  On the nights of the doubleheaders, the Cardinals’ roster will be split with a predetermined group as the primary participants in each game.

The competition coincides with UofL Coach Rick Pitino’s decision to serve as the head coach of the Puerto Rico basketball team in two international events this summer, including the 10-team, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship in Mexico City, Mexico on Aug. 31-Sept. 12, where the top two teams qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UofL began practice for the Puerto Rico trip on July 27, spreading its 10 allotted days out over 14 days.    Candidates for the Puerto Rico National Team arrived in Louisville to begin their separate training on July 30.  During the games in Puerto Rico, Pitino will coach the Puerto Rico team while his UofL assistant coaches will direct the Cardinals.  The opportunity to face off against the Puerto Rican teams was among the top reasons that Pitino took the position.

After a day of travel for both teams from Louisville to San Juan, Puerto Rico on Aug. 10, the Cardinals will play doubleheaders on Aug. 11 and 12 against the Puerto Rico Junior and National Teams at 5:30 and 8 p.m., respectively, each night.  The Cardinals will face the junior team on Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. and the national team on Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.  

UofL will play its third doubleheader on Aug. 15 against the junior team at 5:30 p.m. and the national team at 8 p.m., before closing the competition with a 7 p.m. game against the national team on Aug. 16.  The Cardinals will return to Louisville on Aug. 17.  Classes for the 2015 UofL Fall Semester begin a week later on Aug. 24.

Fans attending the games in Puerto Rico may purchase tickets in advance online or in person at the respective arenas.  The two doubleheaders played on Aug. 11 and 12 at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum are $30 each for reserved seats and are available online at www.coliseodepuertorico.com.  General admission seats for games on Aug. 14 and 16 at the Municipal Coliseum of Manati are available at www.prticket.com for $12 for adults and $6 for children.  General admission seats for games on Aug. 13 at the Mario Morales Coliseum and Aug. 15 at Ruben Zayas Monanez Coliseum, respectively, are available at www.prticket.com for $8 for adults and $4 for children.

All nine games of the Cardinals’ venture will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville.  Additionally, barring any local complications, all nine games will be televised through a live stream with a simple production on the UofL Athletics web site at www.GoCards.com/puertorico. A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to all nine games and may be purchased in advance beginning Aug. 5.

UofL attained a waiver to allow the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a United States territory, to serve as the destination for the team’s foreign trip this year.  Louisville last participated in a foreign trip in August of 2011, when the Cardinals played local professional teams in the Bahamas during their visit. 

Louisville recently visited Puerto Rico for the 2014 Armed Forces Classic, facing Minnesota in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico in a hangar at US Air Station Borinquen. Prior to the game, the Cardinals toured an MH-65 Coast Guard helicopter, spent time on Crash Boat Beach, watched a helicopter rescue demonstration near the beach, boarded a Coast Guard cutter anchored off the coast and spent time with the Coast Guard families stationed there. 

University of Louisville Exhibition Games Schedule
vs. Puerto Rico National & Junior Teams

Tuesday, Aug. 11 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
Arena address:  500 Ave Arterial B, San Juan, Puerto Rico  00918
5:30 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $30 at www.coliseodepuertorico.com

Wednesday, Aug. 12 at Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum of Puerto Rico (17,024 seats)
Arena address:  500 Ave Arterial B, San Juan, Puerto Rico  00918 
5:30 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $30 at www.coliseodepuertorico.com

Thursday, Aug. 13 at Mario Morales Coliseum (5,500 seats)
Arena address:  Ave Santa Rosa, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico  00969
8:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR Junior team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Friday, Aug. 14 at Municipal Coliseum of Manati (8,000 seats)
Arena address:  Coto Sur, Manati, Puerto Rico  00674
8:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Saturday, Aug. 15 at Ruben Zayas Monanez Coliseum (2,250 seats)
Arena address:  Calle Munoz Rivera, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico  00976
5:30 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR Junior team
8:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $8 for adults, $4 children at www.prticket.com

Sunday, Aug. 16 at Municipal Coliseum of Manati (8,000 seats)
Arena address:  Coto Sur, Manati, Puerto Rico  00674
7:00 p.m.  Louisville vs. PR National team
Tickets available for $12 for adults, $6 children at www.prticket.com

Radio coverage:  All nine games will be broadcast live through Learfield Sports on WHAS Radio (840 AM) in Louisville.
Television coverage: Barring any local complications, all nine games will be streamed live with a simple production through the UofL Athletics web site at www.GoCards.com/puertorico.  A one-time, $9.95 fee will provide access to all nine games and may be purchased in advance.
 

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