Written by Todd Parmelee, HoopWriters
No. 8 Providence College vs. No. 1 Louisville, 12PM on ESPN
Providence may have what it takes to knock off the No. 1-seeded Louisville Cardinals today in the Big East Championship—a core group of seniors and potential to get hot from three-point range.
Providence also finds itself on the bubble despite going 10-8 in the nation's toughest conference. Providence has a weak résumé, with their biggest wins coming against Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Besides those big conference wins, Providence's non-conference schedule was weak.
No. 8 seed Providence College needed a late rally to defeat DePaul 83-74 in the second round of the Big East Championship. Sharaud Curry and Weyinmi Efejuku combined to score 48 points.
No. 1 seed Louisville is coming off a season-ending 62-59 victory over West Virginia on Saturday. The win was their seventh in a row.
Louisville is led by do-everything small forward Terrance Williams. Williams was selected First Team All-Big East.
Cold Hard Facts
Providence College is 16-27 in the Big East Championship. Their win over DePaul was their first in the Big East Championship since 2003, when they defeated West Virginia 73-50.
Louisville defeated Providence at Freedom Hall on Feb. 18, 94-76. To view that game’s box score, click here.
Nov. 30, 1977: The date the last time Providence beat Louisville, 57-51 in Providence.
Key Stat of the Game
Louisville has attempted 662 three-pointers on the year, connecting on 36 percent. Providence has attempted 664 three-pointers, connecting on 32 percent. Opponents shoot nearly 35 percent from three-point range versus Providence.
Louisville holds its opponents to 39 percent shooting. Providence comes into the game shooting nearly 46 percent from the field. Louisville may be considered soft if you take into account they have only attempted 584 free throws, while Providence has attempted 754.
Providence wins the three-point shootout and thus the game, 84-80.
No.1 Louisville (25-5, 16-2)
No. 8 Providence: (19-12, 10-8)
Earl Clark: 14.2 ppg, 8.9 rebounds
Efejuku: 16.4 ppg, 41% 3-pt shooter
Terrance Williams: 13.2 ppg, 8.4 rebounds, 42% 3-pt shooter
Curry: 13.9 ppg, 43 % 3-pt shooter
Samardo Samuels: 10.4 ppg
Brooks: 9.6 ppg
Edgar Sosa: 8.4 ppg
Xavier: 9.7 ppg
Preston Knowles: 5.7 ppg, 43% 3-pt shooter
Kale: 9.4 ppg
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