Men's Basketball Plays at Connecticut on ESPN's GameDay


Jan. 17, 2014

Louisville at UConn
  Saturday, Jan. 18 - 9 p.m. ET
  Gempel Pavilion | Storrs, Conn.
  Game Day Information: Media Center
   TV: ESPN | WatchESPN
   Radio: WHAS 840 AM | Listen Live
   Game Updates: GameTracker
UofL 2013-14 Team Stats UCONN
83.4 Points Per Game 75.4
.471 Field Goal % .468
.372 3-Point FG % .414
8.4 3-Point FG Made/Game 7.4
.665 Free Throw % .767
39.2 Rebounds Per Game 35.8
+3.4 Rebounding Margin +1.1
15.6 Assists Per Game 13.6
10.5 Turnovers Per Game 11.4
+7.0 Turnover Margin +1.3
10.1 Steals Per Game 7.1
4.9 Blocks Per Game 7.0

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team must endure a quick turnaround, as the team heads north to play at Connecticut on Saturday on ESPN's College GameDay in Storrs, Conn., at 9 p.m. ET.

The Jan. 18 game will air on ESPN, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), and Shannon Spake (reporter) calling the action. Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) will announce the game on WHAS 840 AM. The contest also is available on SIRIUS channel 91 and XM channel 91.

The two programs have met 14 times previously, with Louisville holding an 8-6 advantage. In last year's meeting on Jan. 14, 2013, which took place in Hartford, Conn., Louisville posted a 73-58 victory behind 23 points from Russ Smith. The Cardinals, who moved to No. 1 in the AP Poll earlier that day, shot 50 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle, 36-28.

Louisville, which just played on Thursday, defeated Houston 91-52 to move to 15-3 overall, 4-1 in AAC play. It was the most points Louisville had scored in a conference regulation game since posting a 91-89 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 17, 2010. The Cardinals shot 51.5 percent from the field, which included a 70 percent stint in the first half. Louisville won the rebounding battle 41-37 and forced Houston into 16 turnovers.

Wayne Blackshear highlighted the victory with a career-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including a career-tying five 3-pointers, off the bench. He added seven rebounds and one block. Smith recorded double figures for the 18th game, totaling 18 points, four assists, and three steals. Luke Hancock contributed 10 in his second start of the year.

Through 18 games this season, Smith leads the team in scoring (18.1), assists (88), steals (37), and 3-pointers made (40). Montrezl Harrell is second in scoring, averaging 11.7 points, and first in rebounding at 8.2 per game. Over the last five games, Hancock is scoring nearly 17 points per game and has knocked down 12 3-pointers over that stretch.

Currently, the Cardinals rank in the top-five nationally in scoring margin (No. 1, +21.1), total steals (No. 3, 181), turnover margin (No. 3, +7), and steals per game (No. 4, 10.1).

Connecticut, which also played on Thursday, picked up its third-consecutive victory after beating No. 17 Memphis to improve to 14-3 overall, 2-2 in league play.

In the 83-73 win over the Tigers, Connecticut's DeAndre Daniels scored a game-high 23 on 9-of-15 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. Shabazz Napier also had a double-double, totaling 17 points and 10 assists. The Huskies shot 57.1 percent in the win, including a 60-percent stint in the second half.

Napier is pacing the team in scoring, averaging 16.1 points per game, and also has team highs in rebounding (6.2), assists (106) and steals (36). Daniels, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points, has a team-best 29 blocks.

Connecticut ranks in the top-10 nationally in blocked shots per game (No. 3, 7.0), total blocks (No. 3, 119), free throw percentage (No. 7, 76.7), and 3-point field goal percentage (41.4).

The Huskies are under the direction of second-year coach Kevin Ollie, who is 34-13 in his tenure. Connecticut was picked to finish second in the conference's preseason coaches' poll after going 20-10 last season. Napier was a preseason first team all-conference pick, while Ryan Boatright was named to the second team.

GAME FACTS - Louisville at Connecticut
Date: Saturday, Jan. 8
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Site: Gempel Pavilion, Storrs, Conn. (10,167)
TV: ESPN will broadcast the game, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), and Shannon Spake (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WHAS 840 AM will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) calling the action. The broadcast also is available on SIRIUS channel 91 and XM channel 91.
Series History: Louisville leads 8-6 (4-2 in Louisville, 2-1 in Storrs, 2-1 in Hartford, 0-2 neutral).
Next UofL Game: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at USF in Tampa, Fla., 7 p.m. ET (ESPNU)



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