By LARRY VAUGHT
After Louisville beat Grand Canyon last Saturday, interim Louisville coach David Padgett insisted the team hadn’t “spoken one word” about Friday’s game at Kentucky.
Both teams will be coming off short Christmas breaks. Padgett said he wanted to enjoy holiday time with his “two little boys” before he started preparing for UK.
“The only film of Kentucky I’ve seen is our game from last year. I saw them play earlier in the year, a couple of minutes on TV… We don’t look ahead, especially this year, we don’t look ahead at all. We’ve taken it day-by-day so we haven’t spoken one word about Kentucky,” Padgett said after the Grand Canyon game.
Padgett know what it is like to play in Rupp Arena. So do four of his players — Anas Mahmoud, Quentin Snider, Ray Spalding and Deng Adel.
“It’s obviously one of the toughest environments in the country to play in, especially given the rivalry. At the end of the day, it just comes down to doing what we’ve got to do defensively, offensively, X and O-wise and try to execute,” Padgett said.
“The good news is that our young guys have had a pretty tough test on the road this year at Purdue. Now I’m not saying Purdue is harder to play in, but that was a very tough environment so at least we have that under our belt.”