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SYRACUSE (16 - 1) at LOUISVILLE (16 - 1)
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Saturday, 1/19/2013 4:00 PM
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SYRACUSE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-1-1.59-44-379.038.145.6%43.257.825.935.4%34.4
Road Games4-1-1.53-22-171.835.243.3%42.664.830.236.9%35.2
Last 5 Games5-0+23-21-074.634.643.4%41.857.226.235.8%32.6
Conference Games4-0+22-20-069.231.541.1%
SYRACUSE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.038.129-6345.6%6-1931.9%15-2365.8%4314171511137
vs opponents surrendering66.630.524-5641.8%6-1933.1%13-1967.7%361013187154
Team Stats (Road Games)71.835.227-6343.3%4-1626.2%13-2163.5%431412209146
Stats Against (All Games)57.825.920-5635.4%6-2227.6%12-1869.1%341013197184
vs opponents averaging67.732.124-5642.4%6-1933.6%14-2069.8%35913177144
Stats Against (Road Games)64.830.220-5536.9%6-2127.4%19-2867.4%351112188153

LOUISVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games16-1+6.810-75-476.935.345.7%38.656.425.839.1%32.2
Home Games9-0+24-51-078.937.746.8%41.054.323.437.6%32.2
Last 5 Games5-0+33-21-
Conference Games4-0+23-10-272.534.745.7%38.754.028.536.9%30.2
LOUISVILLE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)76.935.328-6045.7%6-1932.6%16-2271.4%3913151811123
vs opponents surrendering65.530.323-5641.9%6-1833.6%13-1869.2%341012187143
Team Stats (Home Games)78.937.729-6246.8%7-2232.3%14-2165.8%4115171712124
Stats Against (All Games)56.425.820-5139.1%5-1830.0%11-1863.3%3299196203
vs opponents averaging6932.124-5544.6%7-1934.9%13-2068.3%351013177144
Stats Against (Home Games)54.323.419-5137.6%6-1931.1%10-1760.4%3298195193
Average power rating of opponents played: SYRACUSE 71.8,  LOUISVILLE 75.5
SYRACUSE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
11/30/2012@ ARKANSAS91-82W-8.5W153O33-6848.5%431924-6238.7%3514
12/3/2012E MICHIGAN84-48W-24W124O30-6844.1%501818-6129.5%3724
12/6/2012LONG BEACH ST84-53W-22W144.5U29-7140.8%531319-6529.2%3918
12/8/2012MONMOUTH108-56W - -42-8251.2%631521-6631.8%3821
12/15/2012CANISIUS85-61W-22.5W -34-6254.8%341020-5735.1%3718
12/29/2012ALCORN ST57-36W - -21-5637.5%391514-3243.7%2828
12/31/2012C CONN ST96-62W-28W151.5O39-7750.6%571621-6631.8%3215
1/2/2013RUTGERS78-53W-15W -28-6145.9%34920-5536.4%3820
1/6/2013@ S FLORIDA55-44W-9.5W -23-6336.5%431016-4040.0%2617
1/9/2013@ PROVIDENCE72-66W-10.5L -26-6241.9%411021-5042.0%2712
1/12/2013VILLANOVA72-61W-14L -22-5540.0%341017-5431.5%4016
1/19/2013@ LOUISVILLE              
1/26/2013@ VILLANOVA              
2/2/2013@ PITTSBURGH              
2/4/2013NOTRE DAME              
2/10/2013ST JOHNS              

LOUISVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/1/2012ILLINOIS ST69-66W-12L -25-5545.5%331525-4852.1%3022
12/4/2012@ COLL OF CHARLESTON80-38W-10W129.5U29-6445.3%38716-4634.8%3127
12/8/2012MISSOURI-KC99-47W-29.5W -37-6656.1%471214-5226.9%3324
12/15/2012@ MEMPHIS87-78W-4W138.5O21-5042.0%281329-5651.8%3424
12/19/2012FLA INTERNATIONAL79-55W-28.5L -31-6349.2%421321-6333.3%3914
12/22/2012*W KENTUCKY78-55W-22W131O27-5350.9%331219-4938.8%3220
1/2/2013PROVIDENCE80-62W-18.5L -30-5752.6%33825-5644.6%3416
1/9/2013@ SETON HALL73-58W-10W136U23-5541.8%371117-4934.7%3516
1/12/2013S FLORIDA64-38W-18.5W -23-6038.3%491512-4526.7%2417
1/14/2013@ CONNECTICUT73-58W-6.5W131.5U29-5850.0%361321-5339.6%2817
1/22/2013@ VILLANOVA              
1/26/2013@ GEORGETOWN              
2/6/2013@ RUTGERS              
2/9/2013@ NOTRE DAME              
SYRACUSE: Jim Boeheim's squad will look quite different without last year's two leading scorers Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters, plus Fab Melo no longer roaming the paint and Scoop Jardine not running the point anymore. Now is Brandon Triche's (9.4 PPG, 2.6 APG) time to shine as the senior leader of this squad. He'll be joined in the backcourt by Michael Carter-Williams (2.7 PPG, 2.1 APG) who displayed strong court vision in his limited duty last season (10.3 MPG). Freshman 6-foot-10 C DaJuan Coleman will be charged with replacing Melo from game one, and should be able to do that as one of the top recruits in the conference. He will be joined in the paint by fellow first-year player Jerami Grant, the son of former NBA player Harvey Grant. Throw in C.J. Fair (8.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG) and James Southerland (6.8 PPG, 34% 3-pt FG) on the wing and this team will have no shortage of assets as it tries to match last year's 17-1 Big East record.
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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(Updates with quotes, details. With AP Photos.)

*Syracuse-Louisville Preview* =============================

By GARY GRAVES AP Sports Writer

Syracuse (16-1) at Louisville (16-1), 4:00 p.m. EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville's No. 1 concern heading into its showdown with Syracuse is attacking the Orangemen's signature 2-3 zone defense.

How well the top-ranked Cardinals can penetrate and create easy scoring opportunities will determine who takes control of the Big East.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino says No. 6 Syracuse presents a different challenge because of its effectiveness in limiting opponents' shooting and passing options.

Then again, Louisville (16-1, 4-0 Big East) also presents defensive problems for Syracuse (16-1, 4-0). With their man-to-man defensive pressure, the Cardinals rank in the top three nationally in several categories, including turnover margin and steals.

But ending a two-game losing streak to Syracuse and retaining the school's second-ever No. 1 ranking depends on Louisville's ability to penetrate the Orangemen's zone.

"Teams just never shoot a real good percentage against Syracuse," Pitino said Friday. "They don't give you a whole lot, they create a lot of steals, they get out on the break and not too many teams are as good at stealing the ball in the zone as they are."

The coach added that his team has attacked zones well this year, noting the Cardinals' 49 percent shooting against Missouri in November.

"But again, nobody shoots a real high percentage against Syracuse; that's not how you're going to beat Syracuse," he said.

Opponents are shooting 35 percent against Syracuse and just 32 percent from 3-point range. A big reason for those stats are Orangemen guards Brandon Triche (6-foot-4), Michael Carter-Williams (6-6) and Trevor Cooney (6-4), who are quick and long.

If Louisville guards Peyton Siva and Russ Smith are lose with their passing or ball handling, it will lead to turnovers and the Orangemen will be off and running the other way. Smith (18.9 points per game) and Siva (11.8) will also likely have to have good games shooting from the perimeter to help break down Syracuse's defense.

One of the reasons the Cardinals have fared better against zones recently has been the play of 6-11 center Gorgui Dieng. He could play a vital role against the Orangemen, who will be without forward James Southerland. He has had some academic issues and was declared ineligible by the NCAA last Saturday.

Even without Southerland the Syracuse presents the Cardinals' biggest test since losing to then-No. 5 Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis final on Nov. 24.

"One thing I know is we can't make a lot of mistakes and think we're going to win the game," said Dieng, who has posted double-doubles in three of his past four games. "We just need to be really focused and play every position."

Louisville has won 11 straight and enters the game ranked second in turnover margin (plus-7.5 per game) and third in steals (11.4). The Cardinals figure to use their trademark pressure often against the Orangemen, winners of six straight.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is just as impressed with Louisville's offense, which was suspect in the teams' two meetings last year. He also said the experience of reaching last year's Final Four - an eight-game run that followed a 58-49 loss to the Orange in western New York - has given the Cardinals more confidence.

"They do everything well," the longtime Syracuse coach said. "They can press you and do it well, their halfcourt defense is very good and their matchup zone is too. They can play man-to-man and are pretty effective at that.

"Offensively, they have inside scoring and outside scoring. They really don't have a weakness when you look at this Louisville team. You take a team that went to the Final Four last year and improved over the course of the year, and now those guys are just that much older and better."

Louisville players have used that seasoning to earn the school's first No. 1 ranking since March 15, 2009, but Pitino said their attitudes haven't changed. Picked to repeat as conference champions and considered a favorite to return to the Final Four, Monday's ascent to the top spot is something the Cardinals knew could happen if they kept on winning.

And as big as Saturday's game looks from a records and rankings standpoint, the Cardinals view it as the first of many they expect to face with their lofty status.

"If you have something that everyone likes and wants to have, you have to take care of it," Dieng said of the ranking. "We're going to try our best to take care of it and try to be No. 1 at the end."

Last Updated: 4/26/2018 6:28:32 AM EST

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