Feb. 26, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will try to extend its winning streak to four when it travels to Chicago, Ill., to face DePaul on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Tip is set for 9:05 p.m. ET, and ESPNU will broadcast the contest, with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) calling the game. Fans also can tune into WKRD 790 AM to hear Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) announce the action.
No. 10/9 Louisville (22-5, 10-4 BIG EAST) defeated Seton Hall, 79-61, in the KFC Yum! Center last Saturday. Gorgui Dieng’s career-high 23 points led all scorers. Dieng finished the contest at a near perfect 10-of-11 from the field, adding eight rebounds and three blocks. Aaron Cosby’s 17 points led the Pirates. The Cardinals have won six of their last seven, including three straight.
Statistically, Louisville ranks in the top-20 nationally in turnover margin (No. 2), steals per game (No. 3), scoring margin (No. 4), and scoring defense (No. 20). In the BIG EAST, the Cardinals rank No. 1 in scoring offense (74.2), scoring margin (+15.7), steals per game (10.7), and turnover margin (+6.3). DePaul ranks third in the BIG EAST in scoring offense (73.1) and steals per game (8.4).
Last time out, DePaul (11-16, 2-12) lost to Connecticut at home, 81-69. Cleveland Melvin’s double-double led DePaul, as he scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Huskies’ Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 28 points, going 5-for-7 from behind the arc, and 7-for-7 from the charity stripe. Despite leading at the half, 37-34, DePaul quickly fell behind after the first two minutes of the second half. The Blue Demons regained the lead on a pair of free-throws by Melvin with 15:02 left to play. After the free throws, their lead lasted for 17 seconds, before the Huskies went on an 18-6 run, and kept the lead for the rest of the game.
The Blue Demons are under the guidance of third-year head coach Oliver Purnell, who’s led the team to a 30-59 overall mark. Brandon Young leads the team in scoring at 16.5 points per game, and Melvin, who is averaging a team-best 7.4 rebounds, is second in scoring at 16.3 points per game.
The RUSSDICULOUS Tracker: Russ Smith is 15 points shy of becoming Louisville's 65th 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.
Stealing Darrell Griffith's record: Peyton Siva needs 11 steals to strip Griffith of his 23-year school record for most career steals. Currently, Siva's 220 career-steals are tied for third with Tick Rogers, behind Labradford Smith (227) and Griffith (230).
THE SERIES - Louisville at DePaul
The Cardinals hold a 37-21 all-time series advantage against the Blue Demons, with Louisville owning a 22-2 mark since the two have been in the same conference (1995-2005 Conference USA; 2006-present BIG EAST). Winners of the last nine meetings, the two programs met twice last season. The Cardinals recorded a 76-59 victory in the KFC Yum! Center in the first matchup and secured a 90-82 victory in overtime at DePaul on Feb. 18. In the overtime victory, Kyle Kuric led the Cardinals with 25 points, adding four rebounds and three steals. Russ Smith came off the bench to score 16 points, four assists, and six steals. Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 27 points and six assists.
GAME FACTS - Louisville at DePaul
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 27
Time: 9:05 p.m. ET (8:05 p.m. CT local)
Site: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill. (18,500)
TV: ESPNU will televise the game, as Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) call the contest.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM will air the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) broadcasting the game.
SIRIUS: Fans also can listen to the game on SIRIUS channel 91 and XM channel 91.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series 37-21 (21-7 in Louisville, 16-12 at DePaul, 0-2 neutral).
Officials: Mike Roberts, Gene Steratore, Jim Burr
Next U of L Game: Saturday, March 2 at Syracuse, Syracuse, N.Y. Carrier Dome, Noon ET (CBS)