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Interim Louisville coach trying to get players to show more energy, enthusiasm

Here is what Louisville interim coach Lorenzo Ward said on the ACC coaches teleconference about trying to get the Cards to snap a seven-game losing streak this week against North Carolina State before finishing the season with Kentucky.

‘just wanted to relate that I’m excited about being in this role to lead these players for the next two weeks. Our goal is to try to make the situation into the best situation we possibly can and have fun and hopefully win these last two ball games of this season,” Ward said.

‘I think the bottom line is, with this team you want to make sure you send the seniors out — we have 11 — on a good note and for all these young men that are still going to be part of this program to experience some winning. They’re not around here lately and it’s something that we’re not used to.

‘So the thing that we’re trying to do as a culture here is to create a fun environment at practice, get the guys to show a lot more energy and enthusiasm and some competition. And I think we did that last night. I thought our longest practice of the week last night and I thought that the guys responded and we had some exciting situations that occurred in practice.

“And that was all orchestrated to try to create the energy and to get the players to continue to — even though working on techniques and fundamentals — but have some fun.”

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