November 29, 2013

Cards host Southern Miss

Southern Mississippi vs. Louisville
Friday, November 30th
7:07 p.m. ET
KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court,
Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
Television: WHAS / ESPN 3
Radio: WHAS (840 AM)

Game Look
Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center for the first of five straight at home as the Cardinals face Southern Mississippi on Friday. Louisville (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season in falling 93-84 to North Carolina in the championship of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff. Southern Mississippi (6-0) is unbeaten this season, including a 99-54 victory over William Carey in its last outing on Nov. 24.

  • Southern Mississippi (6-0)
    2Matt BingayaF6-5200Fr.5.82.5
    11Daveon BoardinghamF6-7235Sr.10.55.2
    22Aaron Brown C6-5210Jr.11.72.8
    5Neil WatsonG5-11170Sr.10.72.8
    23Jerrold BrooksG6-0 200Sr.9.22.2

    RESERVES: Daveon Boardingham, F, 6-7, Sr.; Deonte Houston, G, 6-0, Jr.; Chip Armelin, G, 6-4, r-Jr.; Norville Carey, F, 6-7, So.; Michael Craig, G/F, 6-5, Sr.; Jamie Chapman, G, 6-3, So.; Jeremiah Eason, F, 6-7, Jr.; Ude Ifeanyichukwu, F, 6-10, Jr.

    HEAD COACH: Donnie Tyndall (Morehead St. '93) 33-10 in 2nd yr. at USM; 147-95 in 8th yr. overall

  • University of Louisville (5-1)
    24Montrezl HarrellF6-8235So.12.59.8
    20Wayne BlackshearF6-5230Jr.9.32.7
    10Stephan Van TreeseC6-9245Sr.3.34.8
    2Russ Smith G6-0165Sr.20.23.2
    3Chris JonesG5-10175Jr.14.53.2

    RESERVES: Terry Rozier, G, 6-2, Fr.; Anton Gill, G, 6-3, Fr.; Dillon Avare, G, 6-0, Fr.; Kevin Ware, G, 6-2, Jr.; Luke Hancock, G/F, 6-6, Sr.; Mangok Mathiang, F/C, 6-10, Fr.; Tim Henderson, G, 6-2, Sr.; Chane Behanan, F, 6-6, Jr.; Akoy Agau, F, 6-8, Fr.; David Levitch, G, 6-3, Fr.

    HEAD COACH: Rick Pitino (Massachusetts '74) 315-112 in 13th season at UofL and 668-240 in 29th season as collegiate coach.

    About Southern Mississippi
    Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center for the first of five straight at home as the Cardinals face Southern Mississippi on Saturday. The Golden Eagles (6-0) are unbeaten this season, winning all four of their games in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Four of Southern Miss' six victories have come on the road.

    Southern Mississippi leads Conference USA in scoring defense, allowing just 60.5 points per game (26th in the nation), and in three-point percentage, connecting on 38.6 percent from long range (34-of-88).

    Aaron Brown, a transfer from Temple, leads USM in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game. Senior guard Neil Watson (10.7 ppg) was named to the Conference USA preseason watch list.

    Southern Mississippi is a perfect 12-0 in November under coach Donnie Tyndall. Southern Miss also started 6-0 last year before losing its next three en route to a 27-10 overall finish in Tyndall's first season, reaching the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Golden Eagles' 27 victories were their most since becoming a Division I program in 1972 and it marked the fourth straight season they won at least 20 games.

    A Morehead State graduate, Tyndall was the coach at his alma mater when his team beat Louisville 62-61 in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament in Denver. A native of Louisville, assistant coach Chris Shumate played basketball at Male High School and at Murray State University, where he totaled 12 points and five rebounds against Louisville in a 91-69 loss to Louisville in Freedom Hall (1/3/04)

    Louisville and Southern Mississippi were in the same conference for 22 years, including both the Metro Conference (1982-95) and Conference USA (1995-2005), until the Cardinals left to join the Big East Conference in 2005.

    Located in Hattiesburg, Miss., Southern Mississippi is the alma mater of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, former astronaut Robert Stewart, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre and punter Ray Guy, and singer Jimmy Buffett -- who will be in concert in the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 30.

    Series vs. Southern Mississippi
    Louisville has a 30-11 advantage over Southern Mississippi in the series which began in 1953. Louisville has won four of the last five meetings and 12 of the last 17.

  • In the last meeting, Francisco Garcia scored 25 points and handed out six assists to lead Louisville to a 107-62 victory over Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. (1/11/05). The Cardinals shot 56.9 percent for the game, including 69 percent in the first half in bolting to a 60-27 lead at the break. Ellis Myles added 20 points and seven rebounds for Louisville, which had five players in double figures. Rashaad Carruth led USM with 25 points and eight rebounds.

  • Louisville and Southern Mississippi were in the same conference for 22 years, including both the Metro Conference (1982-95) and Conference USA (1995-2005), until the Cardinals left to join the Big East Conference in 2005.

  • The two teams met four times in Metro Conference Tournament competition, with Louisville winning all four of those games.

  • Louisville won the first five games of the series.

  • UofL Coach Rick Pitino has a 3-0 record against Southern Mississippi.

    Taking Care of the Ball
    Louisville is fifth in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (8.8) and is 30th in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.55) through games of Nov. 24. Louisville has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in seven of its last nine games, including the last three games of the Cardinals' 2013 championship season. Louisville has committed just 53 turnovers in its six games this season, 28 of which have come in the last two games

    Smith Pours in 36
    All-America guard Russ Smith scored a career-high 36 points against North Carolina on Nov. 24. It is tied for the eighth most points ever scored by a Louisville player and was the most since Samardo Samuels scored 36 against Notre Dame on Feb. 17, 2010.

    His 22 first-half points were three short of a school record. The career effort moved him up to 27th on the all-time UofL scoring list and 44 short of 1,400 career points with his current total of 1,356 career points.

    It was the fourth time Smith has scored 30 or more in a game in his career and the second time this season, totaling 30 vs. Hofstra in the Cardinals' second game. He has scored 20 or more points in 22 games over the last two seasons. Smith has scored 20 or more in 10 of his last 15 games dating back to last season.

    Card File
  • Louisville shot a combined 38.6 percent from the field in its last two games after connecting on 50 percent or better from the field in its previous three games.

  • The Cardinals have improved at the free throw line of late, connecting on a combined 84.0 percent at the line over the last two games after making 60.7 percent of their free throws in the first four games.

  • Albeit only through six games, but the Cardinals' team scoring average of 84.7 points per game is UofL's highest since 1976-77 (85.0 ppg) and just short of the school record of 86.0 points per game, accomplished by the Cardinals' 1956 NIT Championship team.

  • North Carolina's 93 points were the most scored by a UofL opponent in regulation since a 101-80 loss to Cincinnati on Feb. 22, 2003.

  • Louisville made 11 three-point goals against North Carolina, its third time in six games with at least nine in a game.

  • Montrezl Harrell has grabbed double-digit rebounds in three of six games this year, including three of the last four games. He grabbed a career-high 15 boards against Cornell. Harrell is second in the
    AAC in rebounding, averaging 9.8 per game.

  • Wayne Blackshear suffered through his first scoreless game of the year against North Carolina and the fifth time in the last two seasons.

  • Louisville is 20-2 in the month of November over the last four years. Southern Mississippi closes out the month for the Cardinals on Friday.

    100th Season of Cardinal Basketball
    This year marks the 100th season of intercollegiate basketball at the University of Louisville. While the Cardinals played their first official men's basketball game on Jan. 28, 1912 when they lost 35-3 to Louisville YMCA, UofL did not field teams in 1916-17, 1922-23 or 1942-43.

    UofL has amassed an all-time 1,702-870 record its 100th season. The Cardinals are 12th among all NCAA schools in victories. The Cardinals have produced winning seasons in 65 of the last 68 years, including winning 20 or more games in the last 11 straight seasons.

    Cards Streak Reached 21
    Louisville won 21 consecutive games dating back to last season -- setting a new school record -- before falling to North Carolina on Nov. 24. UofL closed its 2013 NCAA Championship season winning its last 16 games of the season.

    Seven of the Cards' 10 Final Four teams had winning streaks of at least 13 games during those years. After UofL ended its 1980 and 1986 NCAA title years with winning streaks, they both lost opening games the following years. The loss to North Carolina was UofL's first since Feb. 9.

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