Marquette vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview

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Marquette vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
(25) Marquette
(15-4, 3-3 away)
(12) Louisville
(17-4, 10-1 home)
Venue: KFC Yum! Center
2:00PM ET / 11:00AM PT, February 03, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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).

Marquette StatSmack

  • 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.
MARQ Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Vander Blue 32 15 3 2 1 0 2
B Davante Gardner 21 13 6 1 1 1 1
B- Junior Cadougan 27 9 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Jamil Wilson 23 8 5 2 1 1 2
C+ Trent Lockett 27 7 5 2 1 0 2
C Todd Mayo 17 7 2 1 1 0 2
C Chris Otule 16 4 3 0 0 1 0
C Juan Anderson 15 4 3 1 1 0 1
C- S. Taylor Jr. 9 4 2 0 0 0 0
C- Derrick Wilson 15 2 1 2 1 0 1
D+ Jake Thomas 11 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Jamal Ferguson 6 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Dylan Flood 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lville Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Gorgui Dieng 30 9 10 2 1 2 2
A- Russ Smith 28 18 3 3 2 0 3
B Chane Behanan 27 11 7 1 2 0 2
B Peyton Siva 30 11 2 6 2 0 3
B- W. Blackshear 22 9 4 1 1 0 1
C+ M. Harrell 18 6 4 0 1 1 1
C+ Luke Hancock 21 6 3 2 1 0 1
C S. Van Treese 13 2 3 0 1 0 0
C Kevin Ware 16 4 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Zach Price 8 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Michael Baffour 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Tim Henderson 5 1 1 0 1 0 0
D Jordan Bond 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
D Logan Baumann 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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