Tomorrow marks the start of college basketball practice. A new NCAA rule for the men now gives them the same practice rules as the women.
For several seasons the women have had the benefit of getting 30 days of practice inside of a 42-day window, allowing for breaks in the early practice schedule. For the first time, men will now have that same option.
Although Friday is the first day you’re allowed to practice, Rick Pitino won’t put his team through their first practice until Saturday morning.
“We have a veteran team so we will just work on execution of our presses and learning our sets,” Pitino tells Andy Katz of ESPN. “We have a strong team but will miss the incredible attitudes of Peyton and Gorgui. They are incredible team-first guys.”
Pitino also noted that Kevin Ware is about two weeks and should be ready to go before the regular season begins. “He should be ready to go at it around late October,” said Pitino.
If you’ve followed Rick Pitino’s career, I’m sure you’re aware that he is big on preparation. Many players have made it clear that practices are extremely tough and games feel more like days off. Having the extra time to get his team in the typical “Pitino-shape” can only help.
You’ll get your first chance to see this year’s team live in action next Saturday at 4 PM for their first of three Red & White intrasquad scrimmages.