Marquette vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
|Marquette||V Blue 14.8||D Gardner 5.5||J Cadougan 4.3|
|Louisville||R Smith 18.4||G Dieng 10.0||P Siva 6.0|
On Sunday, No. 12 Louisville welcomes No. 25 Marquette at KFC Yum! Center. It gets started at 2:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Cardinals are 4-2 against the Golden Eagles over the last four years. The last time they met (3/8/2012) they won 84-71.
Louisville is in 4th place in the conference, Marquette is in 1st place.
In a 64-61 win over Pittsburgh on January 28th, Russ Smith put up 20 points and 5 rebounds for the Cardinals. He contributes a team-high 18.4 points per game and 2.2 steals per game. For the Golden Eagles, Vander Blue finished with 30 points and 6 rebounds in the 63-50 win over South Florida on January 28th. His 14.8 points per game is the highest mark on the team. A key area of strength for Marquette is free throw rate at 42.6, which ranks 2nd in their conference (and 29th nationally).
- Louisville is better under pressure, and has defeated Marquette in 7 out of the last 13 games decided by 5 points or fewer.
- We win when it counts, too. Louisville has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Marquette (16 vs 10).
- The Louisville blocks leader (Gorgui Dieng) has more blocks than the Marquette blocks leader (Chris Otule).
- AP voters think more highly of Louisville and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Marquette (146 vs 107).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Louisville has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Marquette (15 vs 4).
- It must sting. Louisville has blown out Marquette by 20 points or more on 3 occasions since 2004.
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Louisville is superior to Marquette (Latest AP Poll: #12 vs #25).
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Louisville has come back to win after being down at half against Marquette 5 times since 2000.
- At least you keep showing up. Louisville has an average margin of victory of 11 over Marquette in 19 wins since 1980.
- Chane Behanan is ranked 6th in the Big East in rebounds and 8th in the Big East in steals.
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|C||S. Van Treese||13||2||3||0||1||0||0|