March 15, 2013
| No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 24 Notre Dame
| Date: Friday, March 15
| Time: 9 p.m.
| Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
| BIG EAST Notes: Louisville |
| TV: ESPN (WatchESPN) / Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Jay Bilas (analyst)
| Radio: WKRD 790 AM | Listen Here
NEW YORK - The University of Louisville men's basketball team continues its BIG EAST Tournament run on Friday with a semifinal match against sixth-seeded Notre Dame in Madison Square Garden.
The third meeting of the season is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tip off on ESPN, with Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), and Jay Bilas (analyst) calling the game. Fans also can hear the contest on WKRD 790 AM, as Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) deliver the action.
No. 4-ranked Louisville improved to 27-5 on the season after beating Villanova, 74-55, Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd in Madison Square Garden. Unlike the first meeting this season between the two teams, Louisville was able to knock down its shots from the field and at the free-throw line. The Cardinals, who hit 54.2 percent from the field in the second half, finished at a 44.2 percent clip for the game and 78.3 percent from the line. Defensively, the Cardinals forced the Wildcats into a season-high 25 turnovers.
Russ Smith carried the fourth-seeded Cardinals with 28 points that included a stellar 10-of-11 performance at the charity stripe. It's the 29th time this season he has reached double figures. Peyton Siva had a game-high three steals and reached double-digit points for the seventh-straight BIG EAST Tournament contest as he registered 10. Luke Hancock came off the bench to add 12.
The Last Meeting
March 9, 2013
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The two teams have split the previous two decisions this season. Notre Dame won a five-overtime contest on its home court, 104-101, on Feb. 9. It was the longest game in both UofL and BIG EAST history. Three Cardinals produced double-doubles, led by Chane Behanan's career-high 30. In the second meeting, the Cardinals earned a 73-57 win on their home court on senior night. Dieng had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Siva totaled 13 points and five assists.
Notre Dame (24-8) won its second game of the tournament, beating third-seeded Marquette 73-65 to advance to the semifinals. Pat Connaughton scored a game-high 18 points and connected on six 3-pointers. Jerian Grant had 17 points, and Garrick Sherman recorded 16 in a reserve role. Marquette, which outrebounded Notre Dame, 42-31, was led by Jamil Wilson's 16 points.
- Eight of the last 14 decisions between the two programs have been decided in overtime.
- Louisville defeated Notre Dame 64-50 in last year's BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.
- Louisville has reached the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years.
- Peyton Siva needs one more steal to tie Darrell Griffith's (1976-80) career record of 230 and two for sole possession of the record.
- Louisville has recorded a total of 83 steals through its last eight games, an average of 10.4 per contest.
GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Notre Dame
Date: Friday, March 15
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Site: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
Television: ESPN will televise the game, as Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), and Jay Bilas (analyst) call the contest.
Radio: Fans can listen to the game on WKRD 790 AM, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) announcing the action.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series, 19-12 (12-2 in Louisville, 4-7 at Notre Dame, 3-3 neutral).
Officials: Pat Driscoll, Brian O'Connell, Mike Roberts