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February 16, 2013

USF Rematch in Tampa






Louisville vs. USF
Sunday, Feb. 17
1:02 p.m. ET
USF Sun Dome (9,662),
Tampa, Fla.
Television: ESPN
Radio: WHAS (840)




Game Look
Louisville starts a stretch with three of its next four games on the road as the Cardinals play at the University of South Florida on Sunday. Louisville won for the fourth time in five games in winning 72-58 over St. John's on Thursday as Russ Smith led the Cards with 24 points. USF (10-14, 1-11 BIG EAST Conference) has dropped its last seven games, including a 66-76 loss to Providence on Wednesday despite 26 points and 12 rebounds from Victor Rudd. Three of the next four games for the Cardinals are against repeat BIG EAST opponents.


  • University of Louisville (20-5, 8-4)
    No.PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.Yr.Pts.Rb.
    21Chane Behanan F6-6250So.11.27.5
    11Luke HancockF6-6200Jr.6.72.9
    10Gorgui DiengC6-11235Jr.9.410.3
    2Russ Smith G6-0165Jr.18.63.8
    2Peyton SivaG6-0185Sr.10.32.2


    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) 294-111 in 12th season at UofL and 648-239 in 28th season as collegiate coach.


  • USF (10-14, 1-11)
    No.PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.Yr.Pts.Rb.
    2Victor RuddF6-9235Jr.11.46.8
    32Toarlyn FitzpatrickF6-8243Sr.10.45.3
    33Kore White F6-8241Sr.3.62.7
    11Anthony Collins G6-1175So.9.02.3
    23JaVontae Hawkins G6-5 202Fr.5.21.6


    RESERVES: Martino Brock, G, 6-6, Jr.; Musa Abdul-Aleem, G, 6-5, So.; Zach LeDay, F, 6-7, Fr.; Jawanza Poland, G, 6-4, Sr.; Mike McCloskey, G, 6-0, Sr.; Shemiye McLendon, G, 6-3, Jr.; Shaun Noriega, G, 6-4, Sr.; Jordan Omogbehin, C, 7-3, Fr.

    HEAD COACH: Stan Heath (E Michigan '88) 83-105 in 6th year at USF, 195-182 in 12th yr. overall

    About USF
    Louisville faces its first BIG EAST repeat opponent this season as the Cardinals play at USF on Sunday. USF (10-14, 1-11 BIG EAST Conference) has dropped its last seven games, including a 66-76 loss to Providence on Wednesday despite 26 points and 12 rebounds from Victor Rudd.

    Guard Anthony Collins is second in the BIG EAST in assists (6.6; 14th nationally) and ranks fourth in assists-to-turnovers ratio (2.40). Rudd ranks ninth in the league in rebounding (6.8 rpg). While Louisville is among the nation's leaders in forcing turnovers, USF is 14th in the nation in fewest turnovers per game (11.6, 3rd in the BIG EAST).

    USF is No. 126 in the ratings percentage index and No. 121 in the Sagarin Ratings through games of Feb. 14. Louisville has a 26-4 series advantage over USF, winning 12 of the last 13.

    Last month in the KFC Yum! Center, Peyton Siva scored 17 points and Gorgui Dieng 12 points and 16 rebounds as Louisville prevailed 64-38 over USF (1-12-13).

    Series vs. USF
  • Louisville has a 26-4 advantage over USF in the series which began in 1985. The Cards have won 12 of the last 13 and 15 of the last 17.

  • Earlier this season in the KFC Yum! Center, Peyton Siva scored 17 points and Gorgui Dieng added a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds as Louisville prevailed 64-38 over USF (1-12-13). Victor Rudd scored 10 off the bench as the lone double figure scorer for USF, which shot 26.7 percent from
    the field.

  • In last year's meeting in the KFC Yum! Center, Jawanza Poland scored 16 points off the bench to lead USF to a 58-51 victory over Louisville in the Cardinals final home game of the season (2-29-12). Chris Smith and Kyle Kuric scored 14 points each to lead the Cardinals, which scored a season-low 17 first-half points and produced its second-lowest field goal percentage of the season in the game (.340). USF claimed a 40-29 rebounding advantage.

  • U of L hit a then school-record 19 three-point goals as the Cardinals beat USF 96-77 on Feb. 1, 2002 in Freedom Hall. Reece Gaines (30 points) and Bryant Northern (21 points) hit seven three-pointers apiece for the Cards in that game.

  • U of L won nine straight in the series from 1993-1997 before the Bulls' 1998 win in Freedom Hall broke that string. Before last year's USF win, the Cardinals had won 11 straight between 2002-2011.

  • Louisville won the first meeting of the series 68-61 in Freedom Hall in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament (3-20-85). The Cards reached the NIT Final Four that season in New York.

  • Former U of L Coach Denny Crum gained his 500th career coaching victory at USF, a 98-75 win on Jan. 7, 1993.

  • U of L Coach Rick Pitino has a 12-2 record against USF. In addition to his 12-1 mark while at U of L, his Boston University team fell 67-61 to the Bulls on Dec. 27, 1981.

  • USF Director of Basketball Operations Reggie Hanson played his junior and senior seasons at the University of Kentucky under U of L Coach Rick Pitino in Pitino's first two years with the Wildcats, as
    well as playing one season with the Boston Celtics (1997-98) under Pitino. Hanson was an assistant coach at UK for seven seasons before joining the USF staff.

    20-5 Start For Cards
    Louisville's 20-5 record marks the fifth time the Cardinals have won at least 20 of their first 25 games under UofL Coach Rick Pitino, with the best start in the 2004-05 season when U of L started 21-4. The Cardinals were also 20-5 through 25 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 earlier three-game skid was the first time it lost three straight since Jan. 11-21, 2010. Louisville has lost backto-back games just 10 times over the last five seasons.

    Career Milestones
  • Peyton Siva moved up to second in career assists at UofL with four at Connecticut (600 total now) and is 113 behind all-time leader LaBradford Smith (1987-91, 713 assists). Siva is just the fourth player in Uof L history with 500 career assists and became just the second with 600 when he handed out six against St. John's. 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 two steals against Marquette, Siva moved up to fifth in career steals (216 now). Siva's 17 points vs. USF made him the 64th 1,000 point scorer for UofL (1,060 now, No. 56 at UofL). Siva grabbed his 300th career rebound at Villanova.

  • Russ Smith has 153 steals for his career (53 in 25 games this year, 2.1 average). His 87 steals last season set a new UofL record. Smith is 49 points short of 1,000 career points.

  • Gorgui Dieng passed 600 career rebounds with eight against Syracuse. He needs three points for 700 in his career. Dieng blocked his 200th career shot against Providence when he had four rejections.

  • Chane Behanan scored his 600th career point against Marquette.

    Cards' Baseball also in Tampa
    Louisville's baseball team opens its season in the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge Friday-Sunday, also playing in the Tampa area. The No. 4 Cardinals will face Indiana in their season opener on Friday in Dunedin (7:30 p.m.), USF on Saturday in Clearwater (4 p.m.) and Purdue on Sunday in St. Petersburg (10 a.m.). Five teams (three BIG EAST, two Big Ten) are participating in the event.

    Cards Lead in BIG EAST Wins
    Louisville has the most BIG EAST Conference victories over the last six years during the regular season (since 2006-07), posting an 83-35 record (Syracuse is 82-34). Since the 2005-06 season when the Cards first joined the BIG EAST, Louisville (89-45) is tied with Syracuse (89-43) in league victories during the regular season, with both schools ahead of next-in-line Pittsburgh (86-45). UofL has won or finished second in the BIG EAST on three occasions.

    Doing It With D
    The Cardinals have scored 582 of their 1865 points off turnovers (31 percent). Louisville is averaging 23.3 points per game off turnovers. UofL turned 14 St. John's turnovers into 15 points in the Cardinals' last game, collecting eight steals in the game. As it did against Northern Iowa in its 51-46 victory, Louisville scored under 60 points to win in seven games last season, including three times during its eight-game run to win the BIG EAST Conference title and reach the Final Four.

    Card File
  • Russ Smith scored 21 of his 24 points against St. John's in the second half, the first time a UofL player has scored 20 or more in a single half since Preston Knowles also poured in 21 in the second half against UNLV on Dec. 11, 2010.

  • Gorgui Dieng has produced a double-double in six of 12 BIG EAST games this season, including totaling 10 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and two blocks against St. John's in his last game. For conference games only, he is second in the league in rebounding (11.6 rpg) and blocked shots (2.8 bpg)

  • Dieng has led UofL in rebounding in 14 of his 18 games this season.

  • Louisville has outscored its opponent's bench in 18 of 25 games this season and has committed fewer turnovers than its foe in 24 of 25 games (all but vs. Duke). UofL has had single-digit turnovers in five games, including eight against St. John's/

  • Louisville's 51.9 percent field goal accuracy against Marquette was its fifth game this season to shoot 50 percent or better.

  • The Cardinals limited St. John's to 37.1 percent shooting from the field. UofL has held 13 of its opponents below 40 percent accuracy from the field this season.

  • Louisville held Georgetown to just 20 points in the second half, the sixth time this season the Cardinals have held an opponent to 20 or fewer points in a half.

    Pitino Needs One for 650
    Louisville coach Rick Pitino will gain his 650th career collegiate coaching victory with the Cardinals' next win. Pitino has a 649-239 record in his 28th collegiate season. He has led the Cardinals to 20 wins for the 11th straight season and his 21st overall, sixth among active coaches

    Smith Among USBWA Top Dozen
    UofL guard Russ Smith is one of 12 players selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for its 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List. Members of the association's board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac.

    The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.




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