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Cards get going with five-practice weekend

No glitz coming off a Final Four trip. Just five practices on the season's opening weekend for Louisville.

Updated: October 17, 2005, 6:01 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Down the road in Lexington, the basketball season opened Friday night in the biggest and boldest fashion ever. They moved Midnight Madness out of cozy Memorial Coliseum and into Rupp Arena, jamming 23,174 fans into the place.

Rick Pitino went the other direction. He went low-key and high-intensity on opening night.

His Louisville Cardinals went through a regular, no-frills practice in front of about 700 fans. Even coming off a Final Four appearance, there would be ...

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