March 16, 2013
| No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 19/20 Syracuse
| Date: Saturday, March 16
| Time: 8:30 p.m.
| Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
| BIG EAST Notes: Louisville | Syracuse
| TV: ESPN (WatchESPN) / Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst), Jay Bilas (analyst)
| Radio: WHAS 840 AM | Listen Here
NEW YORK - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will play its third-straight BIG EAST Championship title game on Saturday night, as it takes on Syracuse in Madison Square Garden.
Tipoff is set for 8:30 p.m. in the final BIG EAST Championship in the conference's history, and it will be televised 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 WHAS 840 AM, as Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) deliver the action.
The Cardinals (28-5) and Orange are meeting for the third time this season and second in a BIG EAST Championship title game. The two have split the meetings this year, and Louisville beat Syracuse 76-66 at the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament for the Cardinals' first tournament title.
The Last Meeting
March 2, 2013
No. 10 Louisville Tops No. 12 Syracuse, 58-53
Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 99 seconds left, and No. 10 Louisville beat No. 12 Syracuse 58-53 on Saturday, exacting a measure of revenge for a loss to the Orange earlier this season.
In the first meeting this season, Syracuse edged Louisville 70-68 in the KFC Yum! Center. Brandon Triche scored 23 points in the win, and Russ Smith led Louisville with 25 points. The Cardinals won the rematch at Syracuse, 58-53, as three players registered double-digit points. Smith again was the team's top scorer, as he finished with 18 to go along with five assists.
The No. 4 Cardinals are coming off a 69-57 victory over Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. Smith finished with a game-high 20 points, Peyton Siva added 12 points and Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 11. Smith and Siva each totaled six assists, and Siva tied the tournament's single-game record with seven steals. Currently, he has 24 steals in his BIG EAST Tournament career, and he needs five more to set the tournament career record. Louisville's defense limited Notre Dame to 36.5 percent from the field and forced 16 turnovers, second most for the Fighting Irish this season.
No. 19/20 Syracuse (26-8) outlasted Georgetown in overtime, 58-55, in the tournament's other semifinal match. Three Syracuse players scored 13 points each - Brandon Triche, James Southerland, and Baye Moussa Keita - and Trevor Cooney scored 10 off the bench. The Orange, who knocked down seven 3-pointers, shot 36.5 percent from the field. Georgetown, led by Mikael Hopkins' 15 points, struggled from the field and the free throw line. The Hoyas were held to 37.7 percent from the floor and converted just 55 percent (11 of 20) of their free throw attempts.
- Louisville defeated Syracuse 76-66 in the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament final.
- Louisville has reached the BIG EAST Tournament final for the third-straight season and fourth time in the last five years.
- Peyton Siva needs four more steals to reach 28 for his tournament career, tying the career record set by Pittsburgh's Brandin Knight (2000-03).
- In winning its last nine games, Louisville has limited its opponents to 36.4 percent shooting from the field and 54.6 points per game, forced an average of 17.7 turnovers and collected an average of 10.4 steals.
GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Syracuse
Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8:30 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 WHAS 840 AM, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) announcing the action.
Series History: Louisville leads the all-time series, 14-7 (8-3 in Louisville, 2-4 at Syracuse, 4-0 neutral).
Officials: John Cahill, Tim Clougherty, Michael Stephens