Originally written on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 10/26/13

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 11: Rick Pitino the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the exhibition game against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers at the KFC Yum! Center on November 11, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 96-54. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The expectations are high this season for Rick Pitino and the Louisville men’s basketball program. The Cardinals return nearly 75% of their scoring from last year’s national championship team. However, a couple of key returning pieces haven’t been able to make much of an impact just yet. Junior forward Chane Behanan has been a big presence in the front-court for Rick Pitino over the past two seasons, but is currently serving a suspension. Senior swing-man Luke Hancock was the Most Outstanding Player in last year’s Final Four, but he’s currently sidelined with an injury. “The guys are all working real hard, which is what you want to see, but we’re just way behind what I anticipated,” Pitino said on his coaches show earlier this week. “I thought we’d be further along, but there is a reason for that. We’re constantly stopping and teaching offenses and defenses in a tedious way. Mangok is a freshman, Chris Jones, although he’s a junior, he’s a freshman, Anton is a freshman, Akoy is a fre
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