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SAMFORD (1 - 1) at LOUISVILLE (1 - 0)
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Thursday, 11/15/2012 7:00 PM
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS - Opening Round - KFC Yum Center - Louisville, KY
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SAMFORD - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-1-10-10-061.531.541.2%35.557.525.539.6%38.0
Road Games0-1-10-10-
Last 5 Games1-1-10-10-061.531.541.2%35.557.525.539.6%38.0
SAMFORD Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)61.531.524-5941.2%4-2319.1%8-1457.1%35914159114
vs opponents surrendering6432.825-5842.3%6-2425.3%8-1557.6%381016159136
Team Stats (Road Games)64.028.027-7038.6%2-248.3%8-1266.7%35131117970
Stats Against (All Games)57.525.522-5539.6%5-1630.3%8-1460.7%38108136142
vs opponents averaging52.224.220-5834.6%4-1625.0%8-1362.3%38107136152
Stats Against (Road Games)75.038.028-5253.8%9-2045.0%10-1758.8%38612154133

LOUISVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games1-001-00-
Home Games1-001-00-
Last 5 Games1-001-00-
LOUISVILLE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.028.028-6245.2%8-3026.7%15-2075.0%3312192116123
vs opponents surrendering792828-6245.2%8-3026.7%15-2075.0%3312192116123
Team Stats (Home Games)79.028.028-6245.2%8-3026.7%15-2075.0%3312192116123
Stats Against (All Games)51.019.015-4235.7%3-1030.0%18-2669.2%37105214272
vs opponents averaging511915-4235.7%3-1030.0%18-2669.2%37105214272
Stats Against (Home Games)51.019.015-4235.7%3-1030.0%18-2669.2%37105214272
Average power rating of opponents played: SAMFORD 57.5,  LOUISVILLE 72
SAMFORD - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/9/2012@ AUSTIN PEAY64-75L5.5L -27-7038.6%35728-5253.8%3813
11/12/2012MARTIN METHOD59-40W - -22-4944.9%361516-5927.1%3815
11/15/2012@ LOUISVILLE              
11/17/2012@ MEMPHIS              
11/28/2012FLA GULF COAST              
12/1/2012GA SOUTHERN              
12/4/2012@ KENTUCKY              
12/8/2012@ BOWLING GREEN              

LOUISVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/11/2012MANHATTAN79-51W-17W -28-6245.2%331215-4235.7%3727
11/18/2012MIAMI OHIO              
11/22/2012*N IOWA              
12/1/2012ILLINOIS ST              
12/4/2012@ COLL OF CHARLESTON              
LOUISVILLE: This year is Rick Pitino's chance to make the Big East his conference, entering the season as the No. 2 team in the nation. The Cardinals didn't reach their potential last season until the NCAAs, finishing 10-8 in the conference even though they had six players averaging at least 9.0 PPG. Although last year's leading scorer Kyle Kuric is gone, junior Russ Smith (11.5 PPG, 2.2 SPG) is back in the fold after posting those numbers in just 21.1 MPG last year. Sophomore Chane Behanan (9.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG) should be ready to take an even bigger step this year after producing strong numbers from the post in his first campaign, with 13.2 PPG and 8.0 RPG in the NCAA Tournament. Throw in a veteran point guard in senior Peyton Siva (9.1 PPG, 5.6 APG, 1.7 SPG) and a rapidly improving center Gorgui Dieng (9.1 PPG, 9.1 RPG), and you can see why expectations are so high in Louisville. This experienced club will be joined by a highly-rated newcomer Montrezl Harrell. Although the 6-foot-8 forward was originally set to go to Virginia Tech, the firing of Seth Greenberg there gave Pitino an opening to score another player who should contribute immediately in this deep frontcourt.
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*Samford-Louisville Preview* ============================


Samford (1-1) at Louisville (1-0), 7:00 p.m. EDT

Louisville coach Rick Pitino dished out plenty of praise following a season-opening victory, though that may have been expected given the amount of contributors that returned from last season's Final Four team.

The second-ranked Cardinals have a good chance for another dominant performance when they host Samford on Thursday night.

Louisville returned 11 players from a 30-win squad that fell to eventual national champion Kentucky in the national semifinals, including Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith.

All three contributed in Sunday's 79-51 victory over Manhattan to begin a season filled with high expectations, and Pitino wasn't shy about discussing how pleased he was with each - especially Siva and Smith.

While Dieng scored nine points and played his customary solid defense in 20 minutes, Siva scored 10 points and dished out a career high-tying 10 assists to earn high marks from his coach.

"I think Peyton is the best guard in the country," Pitino said. "He (rarely was) a true point before this year. I think he is brilliant and a great player."

It was Smith, though, who made the biggest contribution - and earned the most praise from Pitino - by scoring a game-high 23 points and finishing with five steals.

Smith averaged 11.5 points and finished third in the Big East in steals playing mostly a reserve role in 2011-12.

"Somebody asked me the question: "Who is more valuable, Gorgui or Peyton?" and I have no idea. Who is the guy we can't win without? Russ Smith," Pitino said. "He gives you a dimension that most teams don't have. He is unguardable and then he turns around and is the leading steal leader for a season at our school. On the ball offensively and on the ball defensively, he is pretty darn good."

Pitino did say Louisville's rebounding needs to improve, though, after it was outrebounded 37-33 on Sunday.

"We have to do a better job all around," he said. "We are a low-percentage defensive team and we hold people to low percentages."

That seems destined to hold true against a Samford team that has shot 38.6 and 44.9 percent, respectively, in its first two contests.

The Bulldogs (1-1), shooting 19.1 percent from 3-point range, lost their opener 75-64 at Austin Peay on Friday before Monday's 59-40 home victory over NAIA school Martin Methodist.

Freshman Tim Williams finished with team highs of 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

"That's what we're looking for as a staff right now," first-year coach Bennie Seltzer said. "Just give us that effort and then all of the other things will fall into place."

Samford has lost it's last 10 games versus ranked opponents since a victory over No. 15 St. John's on Nov. 19, 1999, and is in for a pair of tough tests this week. After facing Louisville, it travels to No. 17 Memphis on Saturday.

"Playing against the likes of Louisville and Memphis are what it's all about for our players," Seltzer said. "They are going to have a chance to two of the top teams in the country. I have tremendous respect for (Pitino) and his program."

This marks the first meeting between the Cardinals and Bulldogs.

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