February 3, 2013
White Out Sunday
Marquette vs. Louisville
Sunday, Feb. 3
2:00 p.m. ET
KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court
Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
Radio: WHAS (840)
Marquette Game Look
Louisville opens the month of February with its second straight home game as the Cardinals face the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to wear white in an effort to "White Out" the KFC Yum! Center.
Louisville beat Pittsburgh 64-61 last Monday as Russ Smith scored 20 points for the 10th occasion this year. No. 25/25 Marquette (15-4, 6-1 BIG EAST), tied with Syracuse for the league lead, has won eight of its last nine games, including a 63-50 victory over USF on Jan. 28 in its last game.
Marquette (15-4, 6-1)
|2||Vander Blue ||G||6-4||200||Jr.||14.8||3.1|
|5||Junior Cadougan ||G||6-1||205||Sr.||8.9||2.8|
|22||Trent Lockett||G||6-5 ||210||Jr.||7.4||5.2|
RESERVES: Jamil Wilson, 6-7, F, JR; Jamal Ferguson, 6-4, G, FR; Todd Mayo, 6-3, G, SO; Derrick Wilson, 6-1, G, SO; Jake Thomas, 6-3, G, JR; Steve Taylor, Jr. 6-7 230 F FR; Dylan Flood, 6-4, G, SO; Garrett Swanson, 6-7, F, SO; Davante Gardner, 6-8, F, JR
HEAD COACH: Buzz Williams (Okla. City '94) 111-49 in 5th yr. at Marquette; 125-66 in 6th yr. overall
University of Louisville (17-4, 5-3)
|21||Chane Behanan ||F||6-6||250||So.||10.8||7.4|
|2||Russ Smith ||G||6-0||165||Jr.||18.4||3.2|
RESERVES: Montrezl Harrell, F, 6-9, Fr.; Zach Price, C, 6-10, So.; Kevin Ware, G, 6-5, So.; Tim Henderson, G, 6-2, Jr.; Michael Baffour, G, 6-2, Fr.; Stephan Van Treese, C, 6-8, Sr.; Wayne Blackshear, G, 6-6, So.
HEAD COACH: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts '74) 291-110 in 12th season at UofL and 645-238 in 28th season as collegiate coach.
Louisville opens the month of February with its second straight in the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Marquette Golden Eagles on Sunday. No. 25/25 Marquette (15-4, 6-1 BIG EAST Conference), tied with Syracuse for the league lead, has won eight of its last nine games, including a 63-50 victory over USF on Jan. 28.
The Golden Eagles held USF to just 27.3 field goal percentage. Marquette is led in scoring by juniors Vander Blue (14.8 ppg) and Devante Gardner (12.7 ppg). Marquette is No. 19 in the ratings percentage index and No. 21 in the Sagarin Ratings through games of Jan. 28. Louisville has a 41-26 series advantage over Marquette and the Cardinals have won seven of the last nine games.
The teams split their two meetings last year: Marquette won 74-63 in Milwaukee (1-16-12); and UofL won 84-71 in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship in New York (3-8-12).
17-4 Start For Cards
Louisville's 17-4 record marks the sixth time the Cardinals have won 17 of their first 21 games under UofL Coach Rick Pitino, with the best start in the 2002-03 season when U of L started 19-2, second best ever at UofL (best: 19-1 in 1955-56 for UofL's NIT Championship team). The Cardinals were 16-5 through 21 games last season.
This season, UofL began 5-0 for the third consecutive year, the first time it has had three straight 5-0 starts since the 1949-52 seasons when the Cardinals won their first five in each of those years. UofL won its first 11 games last season and its initial eight games in 2010-11.
Louisville's recent three-game skid was the first time it lost three straight since Jan. 11-21, 2010. Louisville has lost back-to-back games just 10 times over the last five seasons
Series vs. Marquette
Louisville holds a 41-26 series advantage over Marquette since the team's first met in 1951. UofL has won seven of the last nine matchups.
The teams split their two meetings last year. In Milwaukee, Darius JohnsonOdom scored 19 points to lead Marquette to a 74-63 victory (1-16-12). Russ Smith scored 20 for the Cardinals and Chane Behanan added 10 points and 12 rebounds.
In the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals in New York, Kyle Kuric scored 20 points and Peyton Siva added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Cardinals to an 84-71 victory (3-8-12). Louisville's 84 points were nearly 30 points above what the Cards had averaged in its previous five games (54.8 points) and its 50 first-half points was a season high. Darius Johnson-Odom scored 23 points to lead MU.
On Marquette's last visit to Louisville, the Cardinals recovered from an 18-point deficit with 5:44 remaining to beat Marquette 71-70 (1/15/11). UofL was down 47-65 before outscoring the Golden Eagles 24-5 down the stretch, starting with a 13-0 run. Preston Knowles scored 17 points to lead the Cardinals, including 12 points during the closing stretch when he hit 4-of-4 three-pointers and had a steal and two assists, including passing to Kyle Kuric for the winning basket with four seconds remaining. Darius Johnson-Odom had 16 points to lead Marquette.
Louisville won 11 of 13 games in the series from 1964 through 1983. Louisville has a 16-14 edge since the teams began playing regularly with the formation of C-USA in 1996 and the move to the BIG EAST.
Since the teams began playing regularly in Conference USA and subsequently in the BIG EAST, 17 of the 30 games in the series have been decided by five points or less or in overtime. Five of those games were decided in overtime. The Cardinals won 77-74 in triple overtime in Milwaukee in 2001, the first three OT game in C-USA and the fifth ever at U of L.
UofL Coach Rick Pitino has an 11-10 mark vs. Marquette (0-1 at Kentucky, 11-9 at UofL).
Cards Will Wear Special "White Out" Uniforms Feb. 3
The Louisville team will wear new adidas "White Out" Cardinal uniforms for its Feb. 3 game against Marquette in the KFC Yum! Center. Designed and developed by adidas, the special uniforms feature solid color blocking of team logos, word marks and numbers with minimal accent color and shimmer finish for a bold on-court look. The uniform content is similar to the Cardinals' regular white uniforms, with a monochromatic approach. The design is similar in spirit to those worn by select NBA teams on Christmas Day 2012.
"White Out" KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 3
Louisville fans are encouraged to wear white for the Cardinals' Feb. 3 game against Marquette in an effort to "White Out" the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have been successful on the scoreboard in four of their six previous "White Out" promotions. U of L knocked off Connecticut 68-54 on Jan. 22, 2007, beat No. 9 Georgetown on Feb. 9, 2008, won 62-58 over No. 8 Marquette on March 1, 2009, fell 84-92 to No. 4 Villanova on Jan. 11, 2010, won 62-59 over No. 4 Pittsburgh on Feb. 27, 2001 and fell 51-52 to No. 2 Syracuse on Feb. 13, 2012 when the arena was a bright white. UofL Coach Rick Pitino drew national attention when he wore a white suit for five of the "White Out" games
Siva Reaches 1,000 Points
Peyton Siva scored 17 points vs. USF on Jan. 12 to become the Cardinals' 64th career 1,000 point scorer (1,035 now). Louisville's total is second-most in the nation to North Carolina (67). Russ Smith is the next closest Cardinal with 874 points
Blackshear, Ware Missed Pitt Game
Two Cardinals missed the Jan. 28 game against Pittsburgh. Wayne Blackshear suffered a sprained right shoulder in practice last Sunday, an injury which is expected to sideline him for a short period. Kevin Ware was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified reason. A starter in 19 of the Cards' 21 games,
Blackshear is averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and his 30 three-point goals are second-most on the team. Ware is averaging 3.8 points and nearly 16 minutes a game
Peyton Siva moved up to second in career assists at UofL with four at Connecticut (576 total now) and is 137 behind all-time leader LaBradford Smith (1987-91, 713 assists). Siva is just the fourth player in Uof L history with 500 career assists. Siva's 211 assists in 2011-12 were the second most ever in a UofL single season, 15 behind LaBradford Smith's 226 record assists total in 1989-90.
With three steals at UConn, Siva moved up to sixth in career steals and passed 200 for his career vs. USF (209 now). Siva's 17 points vs. USF made him the 64th 1,000 point scorer for UofL (1,035 now). Siva grabbed his 300th career rebound at Villanova.
Russ Smith has 147 steals for his career (47 in 21 games this year, 2.2 average). His 87 steals last season set a new UofL record. Smith needs 26 points for 900 in his career.
Gorgui Dieng passed 600 career rebounds with eight against Syracuse. He needs 40 points for 700 in his career. Dieng blocked his 200th career shot against Providence when he had four rejections.
Chane Behanan needs five points for 600 in his career.
Dieng Swats in Record Numbers
Gorgui Dieng's 128 blocks last season set a new Louisville record, 26 more than Pervis Ellison's previous record of 102 swats in 1987-88. That will be tough to accomplish this season, since Dieng missed seven games with a broken wrist. Dieng's 218 career blocks are the second most all-time at UofL, passing Charles Jones' 208 career swats (1980-84) with five against Syracuse. Dieng has blocked a shot in 74 of 84 career games, including 54 with multiple blocks (9 of 14 this year, 32 of 40 in 2011-12).
He swatted at least five shots on 11 occasions as a sophomore. Dieng led the BIG EAST and ranked eighth nationally in blocked shots last year, averaging 3.2 per game. He matched a career-high with seven blocked shots against Michigan State in the West Region semifinals, tying Pervis Ellison (7 vs. Illinois, 1989) for the most by a UofL player in an NCAA Tournament game.
He also was productive on the boards last year, grabbing at least eight rebounds in 25 games last season -- including pulling down 12 boards against Kentucky in the national semifinals -- and was third in the BIG EAST in rebounding (9.1).
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