Jan. 28, 2010
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino and sophomore forward Terrence Jennings met with members of the media on Thursday at the Yum! Center to preview Saturday's game against West Virginia. The Cards and Mountaineers will tip off at noon ET at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va., and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
U of L will play on the road for the third time in four games. Louisville snapped a three-game skid with a 68-60 victory over Cincinnati last Sunday as Reginald Delk produced his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Cards overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half. Samardo Samuels and Edgar Sosa added 14 points apiece.
West Virginia (16-3, 5-2 BIG EAST), ranked ninth by both AP and ESPN/USA Today, has won four of its last five games, including a 71-65 victory over then No. 21 Ohio State on Jan. 23 as WVU overcame a 12-point halftime deficit. The Mountaineers won 62-46 at DePaul on Jan. 26 in its last outing as four of its five starters scored 14 points.
The Mountaineers are among the nation's leaders in assists per game (16.6, 13th in the nation) and rebounding margin (+7.9, 8th in the nation). West Virginia is led by senior guard Da'Sean Butler (15.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.5 apg) and sophomore forward Kevin Jones (14.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, .554 FG pct.). WVU is No. 7 in the ratings percentage index (RPI) and is No. 6 in the Sagarin Ratings through games of Jan. 27.
Louisville has a 7-2 series advantage over West Virginia and has won the last four meetings. The Cardinals won both games last season; 69-63 (1/31/09) in Freedom Hall; and 62-59 at Morgantown (3/7/09) in the game which clinched the 2009 BIG EAST Conference regular season championship.
GAME FACTS - Louisville (13-7, 4-3) vs. West Virginia (16-3, 5-2)
Date: Saturday, Jan. 30
Time: Noon ET
Site: WVU Coliseum (14,000), Morgantown, W.Va.
TV: ESPN will televise the game with Mike Patrick (play-by-play) and Doris Burke (analyst)
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst)
SIRIUS: SIRIUS Satellite Radio Ch. 121 (XM Ch. 141)
Series History: U of L leads 7-2 all-time (3-1 in Louisville, 2-1 in Morgantown, 2-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: U of L 62, West Virginia 59 (March 7, 2009 in Morgantown, W.Va.)
National Ranking: U of L is unranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and Associated Press Poll this week; West Virginia is ranked 9th in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls.
Officials: Mike Kitts, Les Jones, Jim Haney
Next U of L Game: Feb. 1 vs. Connecticut, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN)