NEW YORK — After Louisville blew out Indiana 94-74 in the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, Rick Pitino was asked where his team stood on the national college basketball landscape.
“I think Kentucky and Duke are at the highest level right now,” Pitino said of the No. 1 and 2-ranked teams in the nation. “We hope to get to that level….I think we have a very high ceiling, so I think we can get there…I think we have shot-blocking, we have a great backcourt so we hope to get there, I don’t think we’re in their class now.”
No. 5 Louisville hosts Kentucky Dec. 27. Both teams are currently unbeaten.
“I think we’re going to find out [how good we are] very soon,” Pitino said. “We’re going to play Kentucky pretty soon so we’ll find out, but I like the way we’re rebounding, I like the way we’re blocking shots, I like the passing tonight so I think we’ll get there.”