October 12, 2013
Red-White Scrimmage Notebook
RED - Chris Jones' 10 points in the first half help the Red team build a 30-26 halftime lead.
The Louisville basketball team conducted its second scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center. Newcomers Chris Jones scored 24 points and Terry Rozier added 14 to lead the Red Team to a 70-65 victory over the White Team.
The defending National Champion Cardinals looked sharp while playing eight minute quarters, but Coach Rick Pitino was quick to tell his team and fans there is much more improvement needed before the Cards open their 100th season in school history.
For the White Team, senior guard Russ Smith scored 22 points, while forwards Montrezl Harrell and Chane Behanan combined for 27 points and 15 rebounds.
Stephan Van Treese
RED - Red team increases its lead to 12 points in third quarter by outrebounding White team by 12 board midway second half.
WHITE - Russ Smith goes Russdiculous with six straight points to bring the White within four points, 52-48 with 7:16 to play in the fourth quarter.
WHITE - Montrezl Harrell's put back and Russ Smith's steal and score cut the lead to 64-63 with just 1:53 to play.
RED - Mangok Mathiang's two free throws with 26.7 to play extend Red team's lead to 67-64.
RED - Terry Rozier steals the ball from fellow freshman Anton Gill and slams home the dunk for a 69-64 lead to all but ice the win for the Red Team.
Coach Pitino Says
"We've got really good guards, really terrific guards. Russ is a tough New York City kid. Terry is a tough Cleveland kid. Chris is a tough Memphis kid. And Tim Henderson is a tough Louisville kid. We have tough players. That's one of the reasons we didn't bend last year when we were down." - Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
Russ Smith had a very Russ-like game, scoring 22 points, dishing out eight assists, but also committing 9 turnovers.
The Red Team outrebounded the White Team 42-24.
Center Stephan Van Treese led both teams with 11 rebounds. Van Treese also added seven points on 3-of-6 shooting from the field.
Mango Mathiang scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, but also had 7 turnovers.
Each team had 11 assists with Rozier (5) leading the Red and Smith leading the White (8).
Terry Rozier hit 5-of-12 shots for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Wayne Blackshear scored 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and added 7 rebounds.
Kevin Ware and Luke Hancock both dressed for the scrimmage, but neither participated.
Louisville is celebrating its 100th season of basketball this year. The University has event developed a cool logo to commemorate the centennial.
Terry Rozier is going to be an immediate contributor on this team as a freshman. By the team he's a junior, he's going to be All-ACC.
Former Kentucky Wildcat Wayne Turner helped coach the White Team on Saturday. Turner played for Pitino at UK and is now a Program Assistant at Louisville.
Saturday's attendance was 8,386. The second level was shut off the public, but the lower level was nearly full.
Freshman Anton Gill went 2-of-5 shooting from the outside. Gill chipped in 8 points. He's only a freshman, but I bet he never gets carded. Gill looks more like a 35 year old than a teenager.
The UofL program held its annual Media Day prior to the scrimmage. Coach Pitino reflected on last year's championship, but focused on the pressures and challenges that come with success after winning a title.
Wayne Blackshear and Luke Hancock will be the keys to this season. Louisville looks well stocked in the backcourt with Smith, Rozier and Jones. The front court looks formidable as well with Harrell, Behanan, Mathiang and Van Beast. The one question mark from Saturday's scrimmage was the three. Blackshear had 14 points, but they were the most quiet 14 you'll ever see.
Louisville will host its third and final scrimmage next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.
It will be your last chance to see the Cards in action until October 29th when Louisville hosts Kentucky Wesleyan in its first exhibition.
If you need a Louisville basketball fix before then, you can check out Coach Pitino on Sunday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. where he'll be signing copies of his new book at Meijer on Westport Road.
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