No. 2 Men's Basketball Opens Season Sunday Against Manhattan

Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals' scoring attack in two exhibition games, averaging 17.5 points.

Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals' scoring attack in two exhibition games, averaging 17.5 points.

Nov. 9, 2012

Rick Pitino | Luke Hancock
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team will tip off the 2012-13 season against Manhattan on Sunday, Nov. 11. Tip is set for 4:07 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.

Sunday'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 WHAS (840 AM), with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the game.

Louisville won exhibition games against Pikeville and Bellarmine on Nov. 1 and 7, respectively. The Cardinals beat Pikeville, 93-57, and then followed it up with a 65-46 victory over Bellarmine.

In the two contests, freshman Montrezl Harrell led the Cardinals' scoring attack, averaging 17.5 points while totaling 17 rebounds. Gorgui Dieng recorded a double-double in both games, averaging 15 points, 12 rebounds, and four blocks. Preseason All-American Peyton Siva averaged 11.5 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.5 steals to lead the backcourt.

Manhattan College is led by former Louisville assistant coach Steve Masiello, who spent seven seasons (2005-11) on the Cardinals' bench. While at Louisville, the Cardinals advanced to a pair of NCAA Elite Eight games.

Under Masiello's watch, the Jaspers went 21-13 in 2011-12 and return all five starters from last year's team. Senior guard George Beamon, a preseason all-MAAC first team selection, averaged 19 points last season. Manhattan juniors Michael Alvarado, Rhamel Brown, and Emmy Andujar were each named to the all-MAAC preseason third team.

The last time Louisville and Manhattan faced each other was Dec. 18, 2002, in the championship game of the first Billy Minardi Classic. The Cardinals won the contest, 89-62, and were led by Marvin Stone's 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Cardinals have a 66-31 record all-time in season openers (45-12 home, 10-12 away, and 11-7 neutral). They have won 17 of their last 19 openers, including the eight straight. Head coach Rick Pitino has a 23-3 record in opening games collectively at his four collegiate coaching positions.

GAME FACTS - Manhattan at Louisville
Date: Sunday, Nov. 11
Time: 4:07 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
TV: WHAS-TV (Ch. 11 in Louisville) will televise the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) calling the action. Coverage begins at 4 p.m.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the action.
Series History: UofL leads the series, 5-2. The last meeting came on Dec. 18, 2002, at Freedom Hall. Marvin Stone lead the Cardinals to an 89-62 victory with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Reece Gaines added 18 points and five steals to deliver the Cardinals the first Billy Minardi Classic title. The teams have met twice in post-season competition, splitting a pair of NIT contests. The Cardinals defeated Manhattan, 91-86, in the first round of the 1955 NIT. Two years earlier, the Cardinals fell to the Jaspers in the NIT quarterfinals, 79-66.
Officials: Doug Shows, Jeffrey Anderson, Rob Riley
Next U of L Game: Nov. 15 vs. Samford in KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Network/WHAS-TV); Battle 4 Atlantis opening game



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