Milt Wagner: Louisville Preparing to Surprise

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

The school’s basketball programs will return to Slugger Field on October 21 for the annual Louisville Live event.

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

This style requires conditioning and the ability to perform at a fast pace.

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

Asked what the newest cast member, point guard Fabio Basili has looked like so far, Wagner quickly replied: “Fabio looks good.”

Wagner, who helped Louisville win the 1986 national championship, was impressed by the consistent progress of the entire team. For a show that hasn’t appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 2019 and enters the 2022-23 season with light expectations, any flirtation with notable effort and performance will be a nice surprise.

“I think all of our guys got better from day one,” Wagner said. “We’ve seen a lot of progress from our guys. I think you will be surprised by the team this year.”

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

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

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

The event is also important to recruiting efforts with the presence of multiple prospects.

“It’s big,” Wagner said of its impact on recruiting. “It’s a recruiting tool. Children love to see emotion. I enjoy seeing our fans and the excitement they have for them.”

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