Feb. 22, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play host to Seton Hall in the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday, Feb. 23, for the second meeting of the season between the two programs.
Tip is set for 12:04 p.m., and the game will broadcast on the BIG EAST Network (WHAS-TV in Louisville), with Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) announcing the action. Fans also can tune into WHAS 840 AM, as Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) call the contest.
Last time out, No. 10 Louisville (21-5, 9-4 BIG EAST) defeated South Florida, 59-41, in Tampa, Fla. Russ Smith led all scorers with 15 points, adding six rebounds and four assists, and Gorgui Dieng had four points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and two steals.
With 12:58 left in the first half, Kevin Ware’s 3-pointer knotted the game at 11, starting a 22-3 run for the Cardinals. Louisville rattled off stellar 19-3 run in the second half, widening its lead to 20. The Cardinals’ defense held South Florida to 24.5 percent, marking the fourth time they have held an opponent under 30 percent from the field this season. Jawanza Poland’s 11 points led USF, and Victor Rudd added seven points and nine rebounds.
Statistically, Louisville ranks in the top-five nationally in steals per game (No. 3), turnover margin (No. 3), and scoring margin (No. 6). The Cardinals also boast the No. 24 ranking in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 58 points per game. Individually, Peyton Siva ranks 20th in the country with 6.1 assists per game.
Seton Hall (13-14, 2-12) lost its eighth-straight game Tuesday night, when it hosted No. 17 Marquette, 67-46. Junior Fuquan Edwin scored in double figures for the sixth-straight game, totaling 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Louisville native Aaron Cosby finished with 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Vander Blue’s 19 points led the Golden Eagles.
The Pirates are under the direction of third-year head coach Kevin Willard, a former Louisville assistant coach for six years (2001-07). He has guided the program to a 47-44 overall mark. Last season, he guided Seton Hall to a 15-2 start, its best since 1992-93. The Pirates finished with 21 wins, the most since 2003-04, earning a berth to the National Invitational Tournament.
Edwin, who ranks 12th in the nation in steals per game (2.5), leads the Pirates in scoring (17.2) and is second in rebounding (5.8). Eugene Teague leads the team in rebounding (7.5) and ranks third in scoring (11.3).
The RUSSDICULOUS Tracker
Russ Smith is 34 points shy of becoming the 65th Louisville men’s basketball player to reach 1,000 points. Peyton Siva became the 64th player earlier this year, when he scored 17 points against USF on Jan. 12. The Cardinals rank second all-time in 1,000 point scorers behind North Carolina’s 67.
THE SERIES - Seton Hall at Louisville
The Cardinals lead the all-time series 12-5, winning four straight and nine of the last 11. Louisville beat Seton Hall earlier this year in New Jersey, 73-58. Dieng, who was perfect from the line (8-8), led the Cardinals with 16 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Smith finished the contest with 11 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. The Pirates had four players finish with double-digit points, including Brandon Mobley’s 18 points.
GAME FACTS - Seton Hall at Louisville
Date: Saturday, Feb. 23
Time: 12:04 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
TV: The game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network, as Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) call the action.
Radio: WHAS 840 AM will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) announcing the contest.
SIRIUS: The game is available on SIRIUS channel 91 and XM channel 91.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series 12-5 (5-1 in Louisville, 6-4 in New Jersey, 1-0 neutral).
Officials: Michael Stephens, Earl Walton, Tony Chiazza
Next U of L Game: Wednesday, Feb. 27 at DePaul, Rosemont, Ill., Allstate Arena, 9 p.m. ET (ESPNU)