Kevin Ware expected for opener

Louisville coach Rick Pitino expects guard Kevin Ware to be in uniform when the Cardinals open their season Nov. 9 against Charleston.

"He'll suit up for the first game," Pitino said. "Whether he gets in or not, we'll see."

Ware, who suffered an open fracture to his right leg during Louisville's Elite Eight game against Duke in March, was cleared to play last week and is working toward getting into game shape. Pitino expects that to happen in the next two weeks and anticipates Ware joining the team for full practice Nov. 1.

Ware, who has been concentrating on individual instruction and shooting, has been slowed this past week by a case of pinkeye, forcing him out of practice.

"He's taking it slow," Pitino said. "People want to see him on the court healthy. We want to see him flourishing."