LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - There's a time and place for light shows, videos and thumping music.
Just not Saturday at Louisville's first scrimmage.
In fact, the atmosphere at KFC Yum! Center felt more like a midseason Big East Conference game than the public scrimmage it was, and that was no accident given the Cardinals' expectations of winning a national championship.
After losing to in-state rival and eventual national champion Kentucky at last spring's Final Four, Louisville wanted its sense of purpose known from the start. Other than some banter between coach Rick Pitino and his players, it seemed like just another practice and that's how the Cardinals want it.
Having come close last season, they don't want to let anything distract them from the job at hand.
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