March 3, 2013
| No. 10/9 Louisville vs. Cincinnati
| Date: Monday, March 4
| Time: 7:02 p.m.
| Location: KFC Yum! Center / Crum Court, Louisville, Ky.
| Game Notes: Louisville |
| TV: ESPN (WatchESPN) / Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Jay Bilas (analyst)
| Radio: WKRD 790 (joined in progress on 840 AM) | Listen Here | SIRIUS 93, XM 190
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Cardinals have little time to enjoy their win at 12th-ranked Syracuse on Saturday.
On Monday, March 4, the No. 10/9 University of Louisville men’s basketball plays host to BIG EAST rival Cincinnati at 7:02 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast. Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), and Jay Bilas (analyst) will call the action on ESPN, while Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) announce the game on WKRD 790 AM (joined in progress on WHAS 840 AM).
The Cardinals (24-5, 12-4 BIG EAST) are coming off a thrilling 58-53 victory at Syracuse in front of 31,173. Russ Smith led the Cardinals with 18 points and five assists, and Luke Hancock scored 12 points, all on 3s, off the bench. Gorgui Dieng posted the game’s lone double-double, registering 11 points and 14 rebounds. Kevin Ware also played a valuable role, contributing eight points, five boards and one steal. The Orange, who shot just 35.7 percent from the field, were led by C.J. Fair’s 19 points.
With the win, head coach Rick Pitino needs just one more victory to reach 300 as the Cardinals’ leader.
Louisville’s superior defense continues to be one of its mainstays, as the Cardinals rank No. 3 nationally in turnover margin (6.1), No. 3 in steals per game (10.8), No. 4 in scoring margin (15.9), and No. 21 in scoring defense (58.5). Comparatively, Cincinnati ranks seventh nationally in blocked shots per game (6.3), 16th in rebounding margin (+6.9), and 18th in field-goal percentage defense (38.5).
The Bearcats snapped a three-game losing streak after earning a 61-56 victory at home over Connecticut on Saturday. Now sporting a 20-9 overall mark, including an 8-8 league record, Sean Kilpatrick led Cincinnati with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, and Cashmere Wright added 10 in the win. Cincinnati shot just 30.8 percent from the field and, despite hitting nine 3-pointers, was 29 percent from beyond the arc. Ryan Boatright led Connecticut with a game-high 22 points.
Cincinnati is under the direction of former Louisville assistant and now seventh-year head coach Mick Cronin. He has guided the program to a 133-97 overall record and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Kilpatrick leads the team with a 17.7 scoring average, and Titus Rubies ranks first on the team in rebounding with 5.8 per game.
Stealing Darrell Griffith’s record: Peyton Siva needs eight steals to strip Darrell Griffith of his 23-year school record for most career steals. Siva had one steals in the victory over Syracuse, giving him 223 for his career. He ranks behind Labradford Smith (227) and Griffith (230).
THE SERIES - Louisville vs. Cincinnati
The Cardinals and Bearcats will be squaring off for the 96th meeting in series history, and Louisville holds a 54-42 advantage. Louisville has won seven of the last 12 games. The last contest came at the BIG EAST Championship, where the Cardinals earned their second conference tournament title since joining the league. Chris Smith totaled 15 points, and Kyle Kuric added 13 in the 50-44 victory. Peyton Siva added 10 points and five assists in the win. In the first meeting last year, Cashmere Wright buried six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead Cincinnati to a 60-56 win. Peyton Siva led the Cardinals with 14 points and four assists. Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng - he grabbed 14 rebounds - and Russ Smith each scored 11 points.
GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Cincinnati
Date: Monday, March 4
Time: 7:02 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center / Crum Court, Louisville, Ky.
Television: The game will be broadcast on ESPN Big Monday, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), and Jay Bilas (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WKRD 790 AM will air the game (joined in progress on WHAS 840 AM), with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) announcing the game.
SIRIUS: Fans also can listen to the game on SIRIUS channel 93 and XM channel 190.
Series History: UofL leads the all-time series 54-42 (31-15 in Louisville, 21-33 in Cincinnati, 3-3 neutral).
Officials: John Cahill, John Gaffney, Mike Eades
Next UofL Game: Saturday, March 9 vs. Notre Dame