Men's Basketball Faces Richard Pitino-led FIU Squad Wednesday

Chane Behanan, the BIG EAST Player of the Week, scored 22 points in Louisville's comeback win over Memphis.

Chane Behanan, the BIG EAST Player of the Week, scored 22 points in Louisville's comeback win over Memphis.

Dec. 18, 2012

 No. 5/4 Louisville vs. Florida International
 Date: Wednesday, Dec. 19
 Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
 Location: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky.
 Game Notes: Louisville | FIU
 TV: BIG EAST Network (Ch. 11 in Louisville) / Drew Deener (pbp), Bob Valvano (color)
 Radio: WKRD | Listen Here | SIRIUS 94, XM 192
 Audio: Rick Pitino
 Video: Rick Pitino
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino squares off against his son and Florida International head coach, Richard, in the 17th father-son coaching matchup in college basketball history on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the KFC Yum! Center.

Wednesday’s 7:07 p.m. contest serves as the 11th annual Billy Minardi Classic and the game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network (WHAS-TV, channel 11 in Louisville), with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action. Fans can hear the game on WKRD 790 AM, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay on the call.

The last time out, No. 5/4 Louisville (9-1) overcame a 16-point deficit, seven at the half, to beat Memphis on the road, 87-78, on Saturday. Chane Behanan had a team-high 22 points, with 16 coming in the second half to help fuel the Cardinals’ 59-point stanza. Russ Smith and Peyton Siva combined for 38 points and 11 assists. Smith went 12-of-12 from the charity stripe.

Collectively, Louisville shot 13-of-26 from the field in the second half, knocking down six 3-pointers in the period. For the game, the Cardinals shot 38-of-46 from the free throw line and scored 29 points off turnovers. Memphis, which was led by Joe Jackson’s 23 points, went 29-of-56 from the floor in the loss.

Florida International enters with a 3-6 overall mark, winning three of its last five decisions.

Most recently, the Panthers, despite scoring 42 second-half points, were unable to complete the comeback and fell to Florida Gulf Coast, 76-73. Four FIU players finished with double-digit point totals, led by Gaby Belardo’s 17 points and seven assists. FIU knocked down 10 3-pointers, but allowed the Eagles 51 points in the pain.

The Panthers, under the direction of first-year coach Pitino, were picked to finish sixth in the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Malik Smith leads the team with 16.9 points per game, while Jerome Frink is pulling down a team-best 6.7 boards per game.

The PEYTON Watch: Peyton Siva is 69 points shy of becoming the 64th Louisville men's basketball player to reach 1,000 points. The Cardinals rank second all-time in 1,000 point scorers behind North Carolina's 67.

GAME FACTS - Louisville vs. Florida International
Date: Wednesday, Dec. 19
Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center / Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)
TV: WHAS-TV (Ch. 11 in Louisville) will broadcast the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) calling the action.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) will broadcast the game on radio, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the game.
SIRUS: The game will be available on SIRUS channel 94 and XM channel 192.
Series History: Louisville owns a 1-0 all-time record against FIU, posting a 92-55 decision at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 1, 2010.
Officials: Ed Corbett, Tim Clougherty, Lamar Simpson
Next U of L Game: Saturday, Dec. 22 vs. Western Kentucky, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn., 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU)



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