Dec. 3, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - In its first true road test of the season, the University of Louisville men's basketball team heads east to face the College of Charleston on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Charleston, S.C.
The Cardinals, ranked fifth in Associated Press top-25 poll and sixth in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, and Cougars will square off in TD Arena in an ESPNU matchup at 9 p.m. ET. The game also is available on WKRD 790 AM in Louisville, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the action.
Last time out, the Cardinals (6-1) squeaked out a win over a veteran Illinois State squad on Dec. 1, posting a 69-66 victory behind strong guard play. Louisville, which scored 44 points in the second half, forced 11 turnovers and capitalized on it with 17 points.
Russ Smith was the Cardinals' leading scorer for the fifth game this season, registering 24 points while also tallying a team-best three steals. Peyton Siva had 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting and dished out four assists, and Chane Behanan added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting, with a team-high nine rebounds.
Through seven games this season, the Cardinals rank eighth in turnover margin, ninth in steals per game, 16th in scoring margin and 24th in scoring defense.
College of Charleston (5-2), facing its second top-25 foe this season, has strung together four-straight wins. Most recently, the Cougars posted a 56-54 victory over Elon on Dec. 1. Willis Hall totaled 19 points and 12 boards in the win, while Andrew Lawrence, who had eight turnovers, chipped in with 11 points and four assists.
The Cougars, who have earned wins over Boston College and Baylor this year, are the 15th-best 3-point shooting team in the country. The squad has knocked down 44 treys and is shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. The team ranks in the top 40 in 3-point field goal defense, holding opponents to just 27.1 percent.
CofC is under the direction of first-year coach Doug Wojcik, who was hired away from Tulsa in April 2012. Wojcik spent seven seasons at Tulsa, where he compiled 140 wins.
In the Southern Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, College of Charleston was picked to finish second in the South Division, and Lawrence and Trent Wiedeman, who suffered an ankle injury on Nov. 16, were all-conference picks.
GAME FACTS - Louisville at College of Charleston
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Site: TD Arena, Charleston, S.C. (5,000)
TV: ESPNU will televise the game, with Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (color) calling the action.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the action.
Satellite Radio: The game is available on SIRIUS channel 94 and XM channel 196.
Series History: Louisville leads the series, 2-0. In the last meeting on Dec. 20, 2011, the Cardinals defeated the Cougars, 69-62, in the KFC Yum! Center.
Officials: Brian O'Connell, Jeff Clark, Doug Shows
Next U of L Game: Saturday, Dec. 8 vs. Missouri Kansas City, KFC Yum! Center, in Louisville, Ky., 2 p.m. ET (ESPN3 exclusive)