Men's Basketball Takes on Missouri-Kansas City Wednesday


Dec. 3, 2013

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Head coach Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville men’s basketball team match up against a familiar face on Wednesday, squaring off against former U of L assistant Kareem Richardson’s Missouri-Kansas City squad in the KFC Yum! Center at 7 p.m.

The Dec. 4 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.

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No. 7/6 Louisville (6-1) notched its sixth win of the season with a decisive 69-38 victory over Southern Miss, bouncing back from its only loss this year. The Cardinals’ stingy defense held the Golden Eagles to just 13 points in the first half, and Southern Miss shot just 28.9 percent from the field.

Three Cardinals scored in double figures in the victory, led by Chris Jones’ 18 in just 23 minutes of action. The point guard tied a season best with four 3-pointers, a feat he has achieved three times this year. Russ Smith scored all 11 of his points in the second half, and Montrezl Harrell nearly totaled a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.

As a team, Louisville knocked down 12 3-pointers and nine steals.

Statistically, the Cardinals rank No. 1 nationally in turnover margin (+11), fifth in steals per game (10.7), sixth in scoring margin (+24.3), eighth in turnovers per game (9.3), and 10th in scoring defense (58.1). KenPom has Louisville listed as the No. 1 team in the country, boasting the second-best adjusted defense efficiency rating.

Missouri-Kansas City (1-5) has dropped its last two games, including an 84-79 decision to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday. The Kangaroos’ lone win of the year came against UT-Martin on Nov. 20.

UMKC, despite outscoring Milwaukee 50-43 in the second half, was unable to make up for a 12-point deficit at the half. Martez Harrison scored 28 points in the loss, with Trinity Hall adding 19 and Nelson Kirksey adding 17. Though shooting 56.4 percent from the field, the Kangaroos were just 1 of 10 from 3-point range and missed 11 free throws in the game.

Milwaukee’s Jordan Aaron scored a game-high 33 in the win, registering seven 3-pointers.

Harrison is pacing the team with 17.5 points per game and also leads the squad in assists (18) and steals (14). Hall, who is averaging 11.7 points, is pulling down a team-high seven rebounds per game. Fred Chatmon, the WAC Player of the Week a week ago, has five career doubles.

Collectively, the Kangaroos are No. 3 in the country with 10.8 steals per game.

In the WAC preseason coaches’ poll, Missouri-Kansas City was picked to finish ninth. The team returned eight letterwinners from a group that went 8-24 a season ago, while adding nine newcomers. The program is in its first season in the Western Athletic Conference after spending the past 19 in the Summit League.

GAME FACTS - Missouri-Kansas City at Louisville
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 4
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 92 and XM channel 191.
Series History: U of L leads 1-0 (Louisville won 99-47 on Dec. 8, 2012, in KFC Yum! Center).
Next UofL Game: Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Louisiana Lafayette in KFC Yum! Center, 1:07 p.m. ET (WHAS-TV)



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