LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The week before a game is always an interesting one, especially when it is the first game of the year.
After a two-month long preseason of working on fundamentals and competing against each other in practice, preparing to play against outside competition brought a lot of excitement to practice.
There is an unbelievable amount of preparation that goes into each game. Whether it is coaches breaking down game film of our competition or running through their plays in practice, we spend the entire week working toward beating our next opponent.
The entire reason we compete against the Division 1 teams in our preseason schedule is to get ready for what we will need to do during our season. Weekly preparation is an important part of success, and we treat every game the same way.
Although we try to treat playing the University of Louisville like any other game, there is definitely something special about competing at the KFC Yum! Center.
First of all, the atmosphere is a lot of fun. There are few things more fun than being able to run out on that court as we get ready to play. As fun as it is to play in our home gym of Knights Hall, the Yum! Center is an entirely different experience. Everything from the lights to the court to the crowd is as good as it gets.
Playing Louisville also presents an exciting opportunity for a lot of guys on the team. For several teammates from the Louisville area, it was the chance to play against a team they have grown up watching and getting to do so in front of their friends and family.
Although we go into each game expecting to win, there are more valuable things we have taken away from the game than a victory. Knowing we can compete and battle with a team of that size and strength gives us confidence going forward in our exhibition schedule and into our regular season.
This was my third game against Louisville, and I have competed with some tremendous players and teams, including a championship team and another Elite Eight team. I expect this Cardinal team to continue the tradition of success.
I have always viewed our games against the Cardinals as a chance to compete against a talented, well-coached team and as an opportunity to learn what kind of team we will be going forward.
The size and skill of our team will be important to its success this season. However, our experience playing in important games will be our greatest advantage.
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George Suggs is a senior communication major at Bellarmine, and his basketball column will appear every week on WAVE3.com. He and the Knights play their first preseason game Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center against Louisville, a game that can be seen at 1:30 p.m. on WAVE 3 News, WAVE3.com and the WAVE 3 News mobile app.