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Chris Mack wants UofL players to use last season’s 90-61 “ass-whoopin’” as motivation

© Christopher Hanewinckel | USATSI

© Christopher Hanewinckel | USATSI

Kentucky’s 90-61 demolition of Louisville last season is still lingering throughout the Cardinal fanbase, but head coach Chris Mack wants to make sure his players use that fire as revenge.

In his mind, if the competitive spirit doesn’t get his players hyped for the game, he doesn’t even want them on the team.

“As a competitor, if you haven’t internalized that and thought of that 90-61 ass whoopin’, I don’t want you on my team,” he said during his weekly press conference this afternoon.

Mack added that part of the reason he made the jump from Xavier to Louisville this past offseason is so he can participate in big-time matchups like the one we will see on Saturday afternoon.

“This is why you come to Louisville. To play in games like this,” he said.

But he knows it won’t be easy, especially when you factor in Kentucky’s most recent victory over North Carolina and his team’s defensive struggles in the paint.

“(It’s the) biggest challenge we’ve faced all year,” he said. “(With Kentucky’s talented big men) we’re going to have to do as good a job as we’ve done all year keeping the ball out of the paint.”

Beyond the specifics of the game, Mack knows it’s a big matchup for both fanbases in the start of a new era in the rivalry.

That’s why he encouraged UofL fans to give the Big Blue Nation a warm welcome during their drives into Louisville and at the Yum! Center. Kind of.

“When you’re driving on the Watterson or you’re driving on the Gene Snyder, and you see that Big Blue plate next to you, you just sort of keep staring straight ahead. Or you hit them from behind… I’m just kidding,” Mack said with a laugh.

In other game notes, Louisville starting point guard Christen Cunningham says he is “ready to go” tomorrow with no restrictions, despite sitting out last game with concussion-like symptoms.

“I feel good. I’m ready to go,” Cunningham said. “Everything’s good now. I don’t expect to have any restrictions tomorrow.”

With Cunningham out against Robert Morris last Friday, Louisville turned the ball over 16 times and trailed by eight points in the second half before coming back to win 73-59. A graduate transfer from Samford, the 6-foot-2 guard is currently averaging 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per contest.

It’s officially showtime, ladies and gentlemen.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Chris Mack wants UofL players to use last season’s 90-61 “ass-whoopin’” as motivation

  1. ryang1234
    12:17 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    “Or hit them from behind.” Guess Mack wants to keep the dirty birds dirty.

  2. [email protected]
    12:41 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Mack recruited and coached thugs at Xavier. Every time I watched them they were always getting in a fight with the other team. With the mentality of the typical UL player I would be surprised if there’s not trouble at some point during the game.

    • Luether
      2:00 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

      Mack coached teams play all out – tooth and nail – no holds barred…

      We’re in for a fight…

    • chardun20
      2:47 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

      Only time I heard Xavier fighting anyone, it Cincinnati, they seem to always fight each other.

    • catsarerunnin
      6:41 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

      Xavier has never been a program of “thugs”. That’s nonsense.

    • runningunnin.454
      7:43 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

      Well, let’s go back in history a little bit; when Mack played for Evansville. They were playing Dayton, and a Dayton big guy, Wes Coffee, was pressing the inbounds play after scores. The coach, Jim Crews, wanted the refs to move Coffee back; but, they didn’t. So he told his players in a TO to throw the ball at Coffee’s face. The Evansville players did that twice in the first 15 minutes of the game. Mack was the 2nd to do it; so, was Mack a thug, or did he just have “orders”. Coffee’s nose was busted up, and I think Mack and the other Aces player were thugs. It was a game, they weren’t in “battle.”

  3. TheBigjMan55
    1:48 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Mack ain’t shit.

  4. Tom Bombadil
    7:15 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Hahaha U. of Smell! Ready to fight!

  5. Tom Bombadil
    7:18 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    What about the Louisville players who were not on the team last year? They will just have to internalize that ass whoopin this year!! Cats by 11

  6. W1ldCats4Life
    8:29 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Good! Blowouts get boring. I hope it’s a fight until 3min to go and the wheels fall of the hooker-mobile.

  7. mrpokerchips
    10:32 am December 29, 2018 Permalink

    Cats by 35