Guard Peyton Siva recorded 17 points and six assists in the Cardinals' exhibition against Pikeville.
Nov. 7, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men’s basketball team will play its second exhibition against Bellarmine tonight at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.
Wednesday’s game will air live on WHAS (Ch. 11 in Louisville), as Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) will carry the action. The contest also will be available on WKRD (790 AM), with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the game. WHAS 840 AM will join the game in progress.
In the preseason, the Cardinals have received tremendous acclaim, earning a top rank from Dick Vitale and Lindy’s College Basketball magazine and No. 2 ranking from the Associated Press, ESPN/USA Today, Blue Ribbon Yearbook, The Sporting News and Athlon Sports. Louisville, which returns 10 players from its 2011-12 Final Four team, brings back 61 percent of its scoring, 63 percent of its rebounds, and 70 percent of its assists.
The Cardinals have 32 victories in their last 33 exhibition games, including the last 27 straight.
In the first exhibition on Nov. 1 against Pikeville, the Cardinals received a strong performance from their frontcourt, with Montrezl Harrell and Gorgui Dieng each recording a double-double. Peyton Siva and Russ Smith turned in 17 points each, with Siva adding six assists.
Bellarmine, led by head coach Scott Davenport, finished the 2011-12 season with its second-straight appearance in the NCAA Division II Final Four. The Knights finished with a 29-4 record, capturing a Great Lakes Valley Conference regular season crown along the way. Davenport was named GLVC co-Coach of the Year.
Last time out, Bellarmine dropped an 86-51 decision to Cincinnati in the Knights’ first exhibition of the year. Chris Dowe led the team with 15 points in the losing effort, also grabbing seven boards and dishing out six assists. Cincinnati, which had five double-figure scorers, limited Bellarmine to just 32.1 percent shooting from the field.
In the offseason, Bellarmine added former Louisville All-American Reece Gaines as an assistant coach. Gaines scored 1,945 points for the Cardinals from 1999-2003.
GAME FACTS - Bellarmine at Louisville
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: WHAS-TV will televise the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) calling the action. Coverage will begin at on WHAS-TV, channel 11 in Louisville, at 7 p.m.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the game. WHAS 840 AM will join the game in progress.
Series History: The two programs have faced each other 13 times in the series history. Louisville has won all 13 contests, with the last meeting on Nov. 3, 2011, a 62-54 exhibition victory for the Cardinals. The last official meeting took place on Dec. 10, 2006, and Louisville posted a 76-64 win at Freedom Hall.
Officials: John Cahill, Mike Roberts, Tony Chiazza
Next U of L Game: Sunday, Nov. 11 vs. Manhattan in KFC Yum! Center, 4:00 p.m. E.T.