Oregon vs. Louisville: Full Game Preview
|Oregon||E Singler 11.6||A Kazemi 9.9||D Artis 3.3|
|Louisville||R Smith 18.4||G Dieng 9.5||P Siva 5.9|
No. 1-seeded Louisville matches up against 12th-seeded Oregon in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday. The game tips off at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Cardinals have not played the Ducks since the 2001-02 season, when they lost 90-63.
The 27 points by Russ Smith helped the Cardinals to an 82-56 cakewalk over Colorado State on Mar. 23. He leads the team with 18.4 points per game. In a 74-57 victory over Saint Louis on Mar. 23, Arsalan Kazemi put up eight points and 16 rebounds for the Ducks. With 9.9 rebounds per game and 2.1 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Oregon ranks second in their conference in defensive rebounding percentage at 72.9, which also places them 27th in the country.
- Be afraid. Louisville has blown out more teams than Oregon this season (11 blowouts vs. six).
- Louisville has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Oregon this season (nine vs. three).
- It's only wins and losses, but Louisville has a better overall record than Oregon this season (27-5 vs. 23-8).
- The Louisville scoring leader (Russ Smith, 584 points) has more points than the Oregon scoring leader (E.J. Singler, 357 points).
- Louisville has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Oregon (nine vs. three).
- Louisville has a better scoring defense (57.9 allowed per game vs. 63.7 allowed per game) than Oregon this season.
- Diaper Dandies love Louisville. Louisville has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Oregon (19 vs. 4).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Louisville currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 926) than Oregon, per the NCAA.
- Louisville has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Oregon (16 vs. three).
- Since 1998, Louisville has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Oregon (15 vs. six).
- The Louisville assist leader (Peyton Siva, 186 assists) has more assists than the Oregon assist leader (E.J. Singler, 89 assists).
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