The Louisville Cardinal basketball program’s schedule for the upcoming season was released earlier today and it’s just as tough as we expected.
“Our schedule as planned is one of the toughest any team could encounter,” Rick Pitino said in a press release. “The league travel is a bit unfair with a 9 p.m. home game on Thursday, followed by a 2 p.m. game at Florida State on Saturday. There’s also a road game on Saturday afternoon at Boston College, then next up traveling to Virginia on Monday. That’s not mentioning our league opening game at home against Virginia sandwiched between Kentucky and Indiana, all followed with a game at Notre Dame. But that’s the ACC. The Battle 4 Atlantis, Purdue and at Grand Canyon — pass the Pepto Bismol. Our saving grace is the attitude and work ethic of this team. We may be unproven and a bit inexperienced, but this group is talented and tenacious. It should be a fun season!”
A challenging schedule is something Rick Pitino should be used to by now. The Cards have played a schedule ranked among the top 16 toughest by the ratings percentage index (RPI) in seven of the last nine seasons.<