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|With the increased emphasis on early season matchups, Rick Pitino has changed his workouts so that his players get sharper faster.|
"I said I don't want you playing pickup basketball, because that's how you regress," Pitino said. "I said I'd rather you play one-on-one basketball, with these rules -- games of five. If you play games of five you're playing hard on offense, hard on defense, winners come on. Play no more than that. Anything more than that, you start to break down, you don't guard, you don't have your hands ready, you don't play defense, you don't really get after it offensively. So I've given them certain things to follow -- improve your quickness, improve your strength and spend 45 minutes on your game each day."
"We'd put the whole in first then work on the parts, but the parts weren't really good. They'd grade out at a C or a B, and they'd start to become an A sometime in January or early February. Well, that's perfect because my whole goal was to get ready for March. But now, the solution for me is we've got to have, depending on how soon you need it, you may have to have Bs and As right away. Today, you may not be able to get where you want to go, because of the way you're judged, if you don't get there quicker."