Nov. 27, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team returns to the KFC Yum! Center for the first of five-consecutive games at home, beginning with Southern Miss on Friday at 7:07 p.m.
The Nov. 30 game will air on WHAS-TV, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action. The game is available on ESPN3 for those not in the WHAS viewing area. Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) will announce the game on WHAS 840 AM.
Head coach Rick Pitino, through his blog on RickPitino.com, previewed Southern Miss contest, while also discussing the Cardinals' contest against UNC.
No. 9 Louisville (5-1) played its last two games of the Naismith Hall of Fame Tipoff over the weekend, going 1-1 in the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The Cardinals won their semifinal game against Fairfield with a 71-54 decision, but fell to 24th-ranked North Carolina 93-84. The loss snapped a program-best 21-game winning streak that dated back to last season.
In the championship game against the Tar Heels, Russ Smith scored a career-best 36, including 22 in the first half. The senior's overall point total is tied with Samardo Samuels for the eighth best single-game performance. Smith went 11 of 24 from the field, knocking down a personal-best six 3s. He has scored more than 30 points twice this season.
Chris Jones tied a season best with 20 points, and Luke Hancock came off the bench to add 10 in the loss.
Collectively, the Cardinals shot just 38.8 percent from the field, and despite going 6 of 12 from beyond the arc in the first half, Louisville was only 5 of 19 in the second period from 3-point range. North Carolina scored 52 of its points in the paint.
Through six games this season, Smith leads the team with 20.2 points per game and is 27th nationally with 121 total points. Jones' 16 steals are good enough for 14th nationally.
Southern Miss enters the game with a 6-0 record after winning all four of its games in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Four of the Golden Eagles' six victories have come away from home this season.
In its last game, a 99-54 victory over William Carey, six Southern Miss players registered double-digit points. Matt Bingaya and Chip Armelin each scored a game-high 16 points in the win, and 12 Southern Miss players saw time in the game. The Golden Eagles outrebounded William Carey, 37-26.
Aaron Brown, a transfer from Temple, leads the team in scoring with 11.7 per game. Neil Watson, who was named to the Conference USA preseason watch list, is averaging 10.7 points and has a team-best 21 assists.
The Golden Eagles are under the direction of second-year coach Donnie Tyndall, who has guided the squad to a 12-0 record in the month of November. Southern Miss returned six letterwinners from last season's squad that posted a 27-10 record and reached the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
THE SERIES - Southern Miss vs. Louisville
The two programs will be meeting for the 42nd time in series history, with Louisville holding a 30-11 advantage. The Cardinals have won four of the last five meetings and 12 of the last 17.
In the last meeting, Louisville posted a 107-62 victory over Southern Miss on Jan. 11, 2005, in Hattiesburg. Francisco Garcia scored 25 points and dished out six assists. Louisville shot 56.9 percent for the game, knocking down 69 percent of its shots in the first half to hold a 60-27 lead at the half.
GAME FACTS - Southern Miss at Louisville
Date: Friday, Nov. 30
Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
TV: WHAS-TV will broadcast the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action. It also will be available on ESPN3 for those outside the WHAS viewing area.
Radio: WHAS 840 AM will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (analyst) calling the action. The broadcast also is available on SIRIUS channel 157 and XM channel 191.
Series History: U of L leads 30-11 (18-3 in Louisville, 9-8 in Hattiesburg, 3-0 neutral).
Next UofL Game: Wednesday, Dec. 4 vs. Missouri Kansas City in KFC Yum! Center, 7:07 p.m. ET (WHAS-TV)