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No. 2 Men's Basketball Prepares for Battle 4 Atlantis

Wayne Blackshear, who met with the media Monday, had a career-high 14 points in the win over Miami (Ohio).

Wayne Blackshear, who met with the media Monday, had a career-high 14 points in the win over Miami (Ohio).

Nov. 19, 2012

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 2-ranked University of Louisville men's basketball team departs for the Bahamas on Tuesday to take part in the three-day Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, starting with a contest against Northern Iowa on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 p.m. ET.

The Thanksgiving night game, played at Imperial Arena in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. The channel is available to Insight (971), DirecTV (220), Dish Network (159) and AT&T Uverse (1640) subscribers. The contest also can be heard on WHAS 840 AM, as Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) will carry the action.

Louisville (3-0), which is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, is coming off its third-straight victory to open the year following an 80-39 win over Miami (Ohio). Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points, and Wayne Blackshear shot 5-of-8 from the field for a career-best 14 points. Collectively, the Cardinals outrebounded the RedHawks, 43-26, and Louisville took full advantage of its second-chance opportunities, with 15 points. For the game, Louisville knocked down 12 3-pointers, with a combined nine of them coming from Smith and Blackshear. Defensively, the team had 10 steals and forced 19 turnovers.

Battle 4 Atlantis TV Channels in Louisville
    NBC Sports
    AXS-TV Network
  Insight 928 971
  DirecTV 340 220
  DISH 362 159
  AT&T Uverse 1106 1640

Northern Iowa also enters Thursday's contest unscathed, boasting a 3-0 record following wins over Wartburg (103-50), Toledo (84-81, overtime) and, most recently, North Dakota (72-47). Deon Mitchell has paved the way on offense, averaging 17.7 points per game, and also ranks first on the team with 14 assists. Two other Panthers are averaging double-digit scoring figures, as Seth Tuttle is tallying 12 points per game and Jake Koch is averaging 11.7 points.

Through its three games, Northern Iowa as a team is shooting 51.5 percent from the field and has knocked down 28 3-pointers thus far. From the charity stripe, the Panthers have hit 77.6 percent of their shots.

The Panthers, who return four starters from a year ago, are under the direction of seventh-year head coach Ben Jacobson. He has led the program to a 132-71 overall mark.

GAME FACTS - Northern Iowa vs. Louisville
Date: Thursday, Nov. 22
Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
Site: Imperial Arena (4,500), Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas
TV: NBC Sports Network will televise the game as well as all other evening Battle 4 Atlantis games; AXS-TV will broadcast afternoon contests.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) calling the action.
Satellite: The game will air on SIRIUS channel 93 and XM channel 192.
Series History: This is the first meeting between the two programs.
Next U of L Game: Friday, Nov. 23 vs. Missouri or Stanford in Battle 4 Atlantis at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas, 3:30 or 9:30 p.m. (AXS-TV or NBC Sports Network)



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