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"After the first week of practice, what I said was we were a very weak defensive team and a very weak rebounding team," Pitino said last week. "It's pretty much what you see. ... We're trying to work at it. The players are getting better offensively. We have to keep teaching."
"We're very young defensively," Pitino said when his team was in the midst of a recent three-game losing streak to Villanova, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall. "We don't play very good defensively and Louisville always has done a good job percentage-wise making teams shoot a low percentage, and we're unable to do that right now.
"We have to keep on working on getting better at it. The effort is there. The guys are willing to pay the price. We're just a very weak defensive team."