Rick Pitino met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to give a summer update on the team. It’s only July, and there wasn’t any breaking news, but it sure was nice to hear Coach talk some hoops and about this year’s team! I expected it to be about a 20 minute press conference, but it ended up being just over 45! You can click here to watch the video of the press conference from CourierJournal.com. Below, I will give you the key notes from it…
The new Pelican…
-Pitino started out by talking about Russ Smith. He said that Russ wasn’t pleased with dropping to the 2nd round in the NBA Draft, and wanted to prove people wrong. Instead, Pitino said he should prove people right, and that’s the people that believe in him.
-Also with Russ, he got a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans. That is huge news, as second round picks have to make the team and are not guaranteed a spot just by getting drafted.
On Tuesday afternoon, the ACC released the men’s basketball conference matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. The conference season will consist of 18 games for each team. Each team will play 10 teams once and 4 teams twice.
The 2014-15 season at the KFC Yum! Center will be one to remember. Along with hosting Kentucky, the Cards will also host Duke AND North Carolina. 2015-16 also has Duke and North Carolina visiting Louisville.
Here are Louisville’s opponents:
Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame
Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse
Home/Road: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Duke
Home: Florida State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Boston College, Syracuse
Road: Miami, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame