Rick Pitino at UofL's Basketball Media Day

10/25/2011 01:58 PM

The University of Louisville held their annual men’s basketball media day at the Yum! Center by previewing the Cards’ upcoming 2011-12 roster. Coach Rick Pitino Pitino says he feels comfortable with his projected starters: Peyton Siva, Kyle Kuric, Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan and Chris Smith. But, he says, depth is an early concern.

Pitino did get some good news just before Media Day when freshman Wayne Blackshear was academically cleared by the NCAA. Pitino says he plans on playing Blackshear against Pikeville and hopes he lives up to his potential by December.

The coach also spoke about conference realignment during media day, and praised Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

The Cards play two exhibition contests at the KFC Yum! Center – Pikeville on October 26th and Bellarmine on November 3rd, before beginning the year at home on November 11th against Tennessee-Martin.

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