|Big East Conference Tournament - Semifinals - New York, NY|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1.2||3-2||4-1||65.8||27.6||41.0%||34.6||62.2||29.6||45.3%||33.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||70.8||32.7||26-55||46.6%||7-18||37.5%||13-18||70.5%||36||9||17||14||5||11||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||65.1||30||23-55||41.8%||6-18||33.1%||13-19||69.0%||34||10||13||18||7||14||4|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||66.1||30.1||23-55||43.0%||6-17||35.5%||13-18||72.1%||34||9||14||16||5||11||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||62.9||28.9||24-57||41.7%||5-17||31.7%||10-14||68.8%||32||9||15||17||6||10||3|
|vs opponents averaging||67.6||31.5||24-56||43.1%||6-17||32.8%||14-20||68.6%||35||10||13||18||7||13||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||66.1||30.9||25-56||44.7%||5-15||31.3%||11-16||70.7%||33||9||14||17||5||10||4|
|Last 5 Games||5-0||+4||5-0||2-3||70.2||31.8||45.3%||35.4||54.8||24.6||37.0%||35.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||73.6||33.7||26-58||44.6%||6-18||32.7%||16-22||71.1%||38||12||15||18||11||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||64.1||29.4||23-55||41.4%||6-18||32.7%||13-18||69.2%||34||9||12||18||7||14||3|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||71.9||30.6||25-57||43.0%||5-16||32.2%||17-24||72.5%||37||11||14||19||11||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||57.9||26.2||21-53||38.9%||5-17||30.7%||11-18||65.2%||34||10||10||19||6||19||3|
|vs opponents averaging||67.7||31.7||24-55||43.9%||6-18||34.2%||14-20||69.2%||35||10||13||17||7||13||4|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||59.7||27.1||21-53||38.8%||5-16||28.9%||14-20||67.6%||35||10||11||20||6||19||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: NOTRE DAME 75.8, LOUISVILLE 77.8|
|1/26/2013||@ S FLORIDA||73-65||W||-3.5||W|| ||-||27-50||54.0%||34||13||24-49||49.0%||17||7|
|2/16/2013||@ PROVIDENCE||54-71||L||1.5||L|| ||-||22-56||39.3%||32||11||29-65||44.6%||43||8|
|3/15/2013||*LOUISVILLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|2/6/2013||@ RUTGERS||68-48||W||-12||W|| ||-||24-55||43.6%||38||15||16-50||32.0%||33||17|
|2/9/2013||@ NOTRE DAME||101-104||L||-6||L||126||O||33-81||40.7%||54||14||32-77||41.6%||54||18|
|2/17/2013||@ S FLORIDA||59-41||W||-13||W||120||U||22-48||45.8%||36||14||13-53||24.5%||34||16|
|2/23/2013||SETON HALL||79-61||W||-19||L|| ||-||26-57||45.6%||31||9||23-52||44.2%||30||19|
|3/15/2013||*NOTRE DAME|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|NOTRE DAME: Any Mike Brey squad can compete, and this year's team has the potential to do way more than that with all five starters returning from a squad that finished third in the conference with a 13-5 record. Jack Cooley (12.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG) is one of the Big East's premier bigs, coming off an uber-efficient campaign in which he made 62.5% of his field goals and swatted 1.6 shots per game. But the backcourt figures to be just as dangerous led by Jerian Grant (12.3 PPG, 5.0 APG) and Eric Atkins (12.1 PPG, 4.1 APG). Both are strong passers and shooters, who should have no problem making this offense flow alongside 6-foot-8 swingman Scott Martin (9.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG). He is a matchup nightmare with a guard's skillset and a forward's body. Throw in some fresh blood with small forward Cameron Biedscheid and power forwards Austin Burgett and Eric Katenda, and this team has no shortage of talent in the frontcourt.|
|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.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (NOTRE DAME-LOUISVILLE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Notre Dame-Louisville Preview* ===============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Notre Dame (24-8) at Louisville (26-5), 9:00 p.m. EDT
Louisville and Notre Dame took part in one of college basketball's greatest games last month, but the Cardinals' defense made sure there would be far less drama when the teams met less than a week ago.
Now, Louisville will try to end the Fighting Irish's stay in the Big East.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals face No. 24 Notre Dame in the conference tournament semifinals Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Six players logged at least 50 minutes and 10 scored in double figures as then-No. 25 Notre Dame knocked off then-No. 11 Louisville 104-101 in five overtimes on Feb. 9, making for an instant classic.
The following meeting lacked suspense, though, as the Cardinals (27-5) held the Irish to 39.3 percent shooting in a 73-57 home win Saturday. With Notre Dame bolting for the ACC next season, Friday's matchup will be the last with both being members of the Big East.
Louisville, the second seed and defending tournament champion, will join the Irish in the ACC in 2014. It has won eight straight by an average of 15.8 points since last month's loss in South Bend, including a 74-55 victory over Villanova in Thursday's quarterfinals.
Russ Smith, who was notified hours earlier his high school coach had passed away, scored a game-high 28 points while fighting off a twisted ankle suffered after being fouled on a fast-break attempt.
"I twisted it pretty bad, and coach taped it," Smith said. "I went back out there and put everything aside. We've got a Big East game going on."
Smith did show his erratic play at times and committed five turnovers, but he hit 7 of 12 from the field and coach Rick Pitino lauded his performance.
"He was brilliant because he passed the ball, he played awesome defense, shot the ball well, made great decisions," Pitino said. "Even a couple of his turnovers were trying to get people the ball."
Louisville forced 25 turnovers and held Villanova to 38.9 percent shooting, marking the fifth straight game it has held an opponent under 40 percent from the field.
"I think we win with our defense," Pitino said. "I think we were just very intense. We were really quick. We're fast. It was an all-time high."
Gorgui Dieng scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Peyton Siva added 13 points versus Notre Dame on Saturday, and they'll look to have another solid performance against an Irish team coming off a 73-65 win over No. 12 Marquette on Thursday.
Pat Connaughton scored 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting - all 3-pointers - and Jerian Grant added 17 as the Irish (25-8) broke open a tight game late.
The sixth-seeded Irish also defeated 11th-seeded Rutgers 69-61 on Wednesday.
"We're thrilled to be playing in our fourth straight semifinal," coach Mike Brey said. "I know no one else in the league has done that. We wonder what it would be like to Saturday because our program has never played there."
Five of the last seven meetings with Louisville have gone to overtime, and Brey expects another tough battle Friday.
"Here we go again," Brey said. "When the games have been in overtime, that's when we've gotten our wins. When they've won, they've usually thumped us. I hope it's overtime. They're really good. We just played them last Saturday, and they're playing with a great rhythm, and it comes down to taking care of the ball."
Louisville has won both Big East tournament meetings, including a 64-50 victory in last year's semifinals.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 6:26:03 PM EST|