Milt Wagner: Louisville preparing to surprise

Milt Wagner: Louisville preparing to surprise

Louisville great Milt Wagner, the director of player development and alumni relations for men’s basketball program, was at Slugger Field on Wednesday evening to join women’s basketball associate head coach Shay Robinson in throwing out the game’s first pitch.

The school’s basketball programs will be back at Slugger Field on October 21 for the annual Louisville Live event.

“It’s a chance for (fans) to get to see our team and see what we’re going to be about, the style that we’re going to play,” Wagner said.

That style requires conditioning and the ability to perform with a quick pace.

“We’re going to go up and down,” Wagner said. “We want to be one of the best conditioned teams in the country, so we’ll do a lot of running, aggressive defense. There’s a lot of up and down, and a lot of toughness. A lot of toughness.”

Asked as the newest member of the roster, guard Fabio Basili has looked thus far, Wagner quickly responded, “Fabio looks good.”

Wagner, who helped Louisville win the 1986 national championship, has been impressed with the consistent progress on all the team has made. For a program that hasn’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2019 and enters the 2022-23 season with light expectations, any flirtation with notable improved effort and performance will be a nice surprise.

“I think all of our guys have gotten better since the first day,” Wagner said. “We watch a lot of progress from our guys. I think y’all are going to be surprised by the team this year.”

Tickets for the Louisville Live event go on sale on Thursday morning at 10am.

Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased at The event is free for UofL students, with additional information on claiming those tickets to be provided directly via email to all students.

Gates open for the event at 7 pm with festivities scheduled to begin at 8 pm A basketball court will be placed on the edge of the infield at Louisville Slugger Field, home of the Louisville Bats, with multiple fan-centric team activities planned. In the spirit of Homecoming Weekend, many Louisville alumni from both teams are anticipated to return and engage in the evening.

The event is also an important for recruiting efforts with a number of prospects expected to be in attendance.

“It’s big,” Wagner said of its recruiting impact. “It’s a recruiting tool. Kids like to see the excitement. Like to see our fans and the excitement that they have for them.”

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