EKU MEN'S BASKETBALL | Colonels Preparing for No. 11 Louisville

12/13/2016 09:18 PM

The Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball team is gearing up for an in-state battle Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels (6-5) will face the No. 11 Louisville Cardinals (9-1) inside the KFC Yum! Center. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET.

The match-up will be this year’s Billy Minardi Classic, named in honor of UofL head coach Rick Pitino’s best friend Billy Minardi, who died during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.

EKU enters the game coming off an overtime loss to Ball St. last Saturday.

Saturday will be a special game for Colonels’ head coach Dan McHale, as he will be going head-to-head against a man McHale respects. He got his coaching start under Rick Pitino as a Louisville staff assistant from 2001 to 2003.

cn|2 Sports’ Andrew Chernoff caught up with McHale on Tuesday via SKYPE:

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at Andrew.Chernoff@charter.com.

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