Jan. 13, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's basketball team, fresh off a win over No. 17 Notre Dame on Saturday, has short layoff and is back in action against Louisville on Monday at 7:00 p.m. at the XL Center in Hartford. The game will be televised by ESPN as part of "Big Monday" and heard on the UConn IMG Sports Radio Network.
The Huskies are 12-3 on the season and 2-1 in the BIG EAST while the Cardinals are 15-1 overall and 3-0 in the BIG EAST. Louisville was ranked third in the Associated Press poll last week and has a chance to be named the No. 1 team on Monday.
UConn defeated Notre Dame by a 65-58 score in South Bend and is lead by junior guard Shabazz Napier (17.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and sophomore guard Ryan Boatright (16.1 ppg, 4.5 apg). Louisville has won 10-straight games, including a 64-38 decision over USF on Saturday.
The Cardinals are led by junior guard Russ Smith (18.7 ppg), junior center Georgui Dieng (9.8 rpg) and senior guard Peyton Siva (5.8 apg).
Coming off a 30-10 season, a BIG EAST Tournament championship and a trip to the Final Four, Louisville is expected to make another major run at the NCAA title in 2012-13. Through 16 games, the Cardinals have more than lived up to expectations. Other than a 76-71 loss to Duke when Dieng was out with an injury, Louisville has defeated all foes (15-1 overall, 3-0 BIG EAST), including its last 10.
Siva, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, is the floor leader of the Cards. He is surrounded by a talented cast, including Smith, Dieng and sophomore forwards Chane Behanan (11.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Wayne Blackshear (8.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg).
Louisville coach Rick Pitino has a deep squad, with nine players averaging at least 14 minutes per game. As a team, the Cards are shooting 45.5 percent. while allowing just 39.1. They are outscoring opponents, 77.1-56.3.
Once again, UConnHuskies.com will host a live chat during the game. For details, please see below.