DePaul Blue Demons vs. Louisville Cardinals - Tuesday, February 12th, 8:00 p.m. (Central) – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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Inside the Ville
It's all uphill from here for the Blue Demons (10-13, 5-6) as their opponents in their last seven Big East conference games all stand ahead of DePaul in the league standings and in the RPI rankings.
On the other side of the coin, the Louisville Cardinals (18-6, 8-3) are coming off of their biggest victory of the year, a 59-51 upset of sixth ranked Georgetown on Saturday night.
Louisville senior big man David Padgett scored a season high 18 points in the contest. Padgett has fully recovered from a broken kneecap suffered earlier in the season and has been on a tear lately. That's not good news for DePaul which has had some difficulty defending the interior lately. Padgett also brings an imposing presence on defense and has built a reputation as a shot blocker.
Sophomore guard Jerry Smith, who has been the Cards most consistent player, is averaging 12.8 ppg in Big East games and scored 16 points against Georgetown on four of five shooting from behind the arc.
Smith's playing style is similar to DePaul's Draelon Burns. Ironically, Burns and Smith grew up together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "They're a very talented team," Smith said. "They're very long too. They're a great ballclub. One of my good friends is Draelon Burns. He's from where I'm from. I've known him since about sixth grade before he was even serious about basketball."
Throw in forwards Terrence Williams (11 ppg) and Earl Clark (10.7 ppg), guard Edgar Sosa (7.8 ppg), and big men Juan Palacios (6 ppg)and Derrick Character (9.6 ppg) off the bench and the Demons will face a formidable lineup. Clark has been inconsistent with his shooting but has been a factor on the boards for Louisville leading the team with 8.4 rebounds per game.
The Cardinals are known for their defense and did an excellent job in the second half against Georgetown. Their aggressiveness on the defensive end forced the Hoyas into a number of turnovers. One thing that coach Rick Pitino's teams do consistently is put pressure on the ball and disrupt the opposing team's offense.
"They play an active combination of defenses," DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright told WSCR radio. "They press, but then they get back and play a very, very, active zone."
Louisville begins the first of a two game road trip in Chicago. "It's always tough playing on the road," Pitino said. "DePaul is a difficult team to play against, because they play 10 different people a lot of minutes. It will be a good test for us."
"DePaul has a lot of talent," Pitino observed. "They have four seniors. They shoot the three. They're a dangerous ballclub. They're very good. When you watch them, they're dangerous. The next two games both teams are offensively very dangerous. If you catch them on a good offensive night, you're in trouble."
The Last Time
With an 11 a.m. start on a Saturday morning on January 20, 2007, the Cardinals swept past the Blue Demons 59-50 at Allstate Arena. Juan Palacios led all scorers with 21 points. The Demons were led by sophomore forward Wilson Chandler with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
NO NAME HT WT POS CL HOMETOWN (PREVIOUS SCHOOL)
0 Stuart Miller 5-10 170 G SO Harrogate, Tenn. (Middlesboro)
1 Terrence Williams 6-6 210 F JR Seattle, Wash. (Rainier Beach)
2 Preston Knowles 6-1 170 G FR Winchester, Ky. (George Rogers Clark)
3 Juan Palacios 6-8 250 F SR Medellin, Colombia (Our Savior New American)
4 David Padgett 6-11 245 F/C SR Reno, Nev. (Univ. of Kansas)
5 Earl Clark 6-8 220 G/F SO Plainfield, N.J. (Rahway)
10 Edgar Sosa 6-1 175 G SO New York, N.Y. (Rice)
12 Reginald Delk 6-4 175 G JR Jackson, Tenn. (Mississippi State)
15 Josh Chichester 6-8 225 F SO West Chester, Ohio (Lakota West)
20 Will Scott 6-3 185 G JR New York, N.Y. (Cornell University)
22 George Goode 6-8 205 F FR Raytown, Mo. (Raytown South)
25 Lee Steiden 6-4 185 F FR Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier)
32 Derrick Caracter 6-9 265 F SO Fanwood, N.J. (Notre Dame Prep)
33 Andre McGee 5-10 180 G JR Moreno Valley, Calif. (Canyon Springs)
34 Jerry Smith 6-1 200 G SO Wauwatosa, Wis. (East)
43 Terrance Farley 6-10 245 C SR Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park)
50 Clarence Holloway 7-1 270 C FR Chicago, Ill. (Chicago Boys to Men Academy)
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