Feb. 8, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men’s basketball team plays its second straight road game when it faces Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 9, on ESPN’s College GameDay in South Bend, Ind.
Tip is set for 9:05 p.m. and the ESPN crew calling the game features Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst), and Samantha Ponder (reporter). Fans also can listen to the game on WKRD 790 AM (joined in progress on WHAS 840 AM), with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) broadcasting the game.
No. 11/12 Louisville (19-4, 7-3 BIG EAST) has won three straight, including its latest victory coming at Rutgers, 68-48, on Wednesday. Despite a slow start, Louisville stifled the Scarlet Knights on both ends of the court in the second half, outscoring Rutgers, 40-22. The Cardinals’ defense held Rutgers to just 25 percent from the field in the final period. Individually, Wayne Blackshear came off the bench and scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Peyton Siva finished with nine points and seven assists.
Through Thursday’s games, Louisville ranks in the top-10 nationally in steals per game (6.3), turnover margin (+6.3), and eighth in scoring margin (+16.4). Louisville also boasts the 13th-best scoring defense in the country, holding opponents to 57.2 points per game. Comparatively, Notre Dame leads the country in assist-turnover ratio (1.72) and is fourth in assists per game (17.8), seventh in turnovers per game (10.4), 11th in field goal percentage (48.7), and 19th in 3-point field goal percentage (39.1).
No. 25 Notre Dame boasts an 18-5 overall record, going 6-4 in league play. The Fighting Irish had a three-game winning streak snapped last time out after they fell to then-No. 9 Syracuse on the road, 63-47, on Monday. After shooting nearly 44 percent in the first half, Notre Dame was held to 27.6 percent in the second. Jerian Grant led the Fighting Irish with 15 points in the losing effort. Syracuse had three players finish with double-digit point totals, led by C.J. Fair’s 18 points.
The Fighting Irish, picked to finish third in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, have been led by Jack Cooley’s 14 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. Cooley ranks third nationally in double doubles and fifth in rebounds per game. Eric Atkins, who leads the team with 6.1 assists per game, is averaging 11.7 points.
THE SERIES - Louisville at Notre Dame
In a matchup that dates back to 1952, the Cardinals lead the all-time series, 18-11. The teams have split the last six contests. Last year, the Fighting Irish beat the Cardinals during the regular season, 67-65, in a double-overtime thriller. Chane Behanan and Kyle Kuric each finished with a double-double, totaling 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Fighting Irish were lead by Jack Cooley’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. The two teams met again in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals, when the Cardinals won, 64-50, on their way to claiming the BIG EAST Championship. Peyton Siva proved to be the difference as his all around performance led the Cardinals to victory, totaling 13 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds.
GAME FACTS - Louisville at Notre Dame
Date: Saturday, Feb. 9
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
Site: Purcell Pavilion at Joyce Center, Notre Dame, Ind.
TV: ESPN will televise the game, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Samantha Ponder (reporter).
Radio: The game will air on WKRD 790 AM, joined in progress on WHAS 840AM, as Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) announce contest.
SIRIUS: The game is available on SIRUS channel 91 and XM channel 191.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series 18-11 (11-2 in Louisville, 4-6 at Notre Dame, and 3-3 neutral).
Officials: Ed Corbett, Michael Stephens, Jeffery Anderson
Next U of L Game: Thursday, Feb. 14, vs. St. Johns, KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky., 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)