1. Louisville begins practice Saturday. Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said these are the main objectives at the beginning of practice: "We have a veteran team so we will just work on execution of our presses and learning our sets. We have a strong team but will miss the incredible attitudes of Peyton (Siva) and Gorgui (Dieng). They are incredible team-first guys.'' Pitino added that wing Kevin Ware, rehabbing from a broken leg suffered last March in the Elite Eight, will start workouts in two weeks. "He should be ready to go at it around late October,'' said Pitino.
2. Duke starts practice this weekend with three stated goals for the Blue Devils. According to assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski they are: 1. Pace: "to get accustomed to the pace at which we will play, especially defensively.'' 2. Leadership: "Replacing the maturity of a good senior class we want to see who steps up to create and lead in the same positive environment.'' 3. Role: "Start to identify and establish some roles.''
3. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson had already decided to start practice on Oct. 5 before flooding occurred at Bud Walton Arena. He said he wanted the players to get acclimated to school and stay with a three-to-four-week conditioning program. Anderson said he doesn't anticipate any long-term damage to Bud Walton. Meanwhile, Anderson is extremely high on his newcomers, who will have to play a significant role with the departures of B.J. Young and Marshawn Powell. Anderson said the freshmen (Moses Kingsley, Bobby Portis and Manuale Watkins) have been the first guys in and the last guys out of the gym. Anderson said he likens this Arkansas team to ones he had early at UAB and Missouri. Anderson said he expects this Razorbacks team to be much more of a team, rather than one based on highlighting individuals. "We hogs, that's our mindset, we hogs,'' Anderson said. He added that senior Coty Clarke would be the team's leader. Anderson is still looking for a reliable player to score but also had high hopes for Alandise Harris, who sat out last season. "This can be the ultimate team,'' Anderson said. "We're trusting each other and sharing the ball. I'm excited.''