LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville doesn't buy into midnight madness.
Confusion created by its defense is another matter, and Saturday's first Red-White scrimmage featured flashes of the trademark pressure that helped win last season's NCAA championship.
However, that aspect took a back seat to impressive offense before 8,280 at the KFC Yum! Center as both squads shot at least 46 percent.
Not bad considering Cardinals coach Rick Pitino must replace starting point guard Peyton Siva and center Gorgui Dieng from a 35-5 title team while introducing six freshmen and a transfer to his high-energy playing style.
Not surprisingly, senior guard and leading scorer Russ Smith set the tone for a strong returning nucleus and the newcomers with 24 points and eight assists in the first of three public scrimmages over consecutive Saturdays.
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