By Beau Kilpatrick—
The No. 13 Louisville Cardinals’ second exhibition game against the Knights of Bellarmine University provided a glimpse of what’s to come this season and a want for needed improvement.
The Cardinals’ defense dominated the Knights. They held Bellarmine to 17 points in the first half, 10 of which came from free throws. Pitino’s defense suffocated the Knights, stingily holding them to a measly 18.8 shooting percentage from the field.
“The first half [defense] was excellent; good rotations, we weren’t getting beat off the bounce. We were challenging shots,” Pitino said.
Jaylen Johnson was a beast in the paint with seven rebounds at halftime. However, he struggled to convert rebounds into points, collecting only two points on five attempts under the rim.
Ray Spalding’s off-season improvements showed as he forced two blocks and had a steal in only six minutes of the first half. He only played 14 minutes…
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