Cards to face 12 seed Butler

Louisville will face Butler, who upset Mississippi State on Friday night, in the second round of the East Regional on Sunday afternoon.

DATE: Sunday, March 23
TIME: 2:20 p.m.
Site: Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (19,000)
Television: CBS
Radio: WHAS (840 AM)
National Rankings:
   BUTLER   Not Ranked
   LOUISVILLE   14th AP, 13th USA Today/ESPN
Significant injuries: BUT - None; U of L - Ellis Myles (Out)

TEAM COMPARISONS

Louisville
Statistical Category

Butler

25-6
Record
26-5
81.8
Points Per Game
68.3
68.5
Opponents Points PG
60.1
+13.4
Scoring Margain
+8.2
46.0
Field Goal %
47.7
40.2
Opponents FG %
44.2
36.0
3-point Field Goal %
40.6
40.2
Opponents 3-pt FG %
44.2
69.6
Free Throw %
73.6
+1.9
Rebounds Margain PG
-0.4
+4.0
Turnover Margain
+1.5
16.6
Assists PG
12.8
4.7
Blocks PG
1.8
7.2
Steals PG
6.4

Series Notes

  • Louisville and Butler have split their previous eight meetings at 4-4. Butler won the first four while Louisville won the last four straight.
    Series History
    (Won 4, Lost 4)
    Date                    UL BU
    Feb. 1, 1921 (H) ...... 24 62
    Jan. 10, 1931 (H) ..... 16 33
    Feb. 14, 1931 (A) ..... 16 38
    Dec. 10, 1937 (A) ..... 23 28
    Dec. 18, 1945 (A) ..... 51 41
    Feb. 11, 1946 (H) ..... 79 33
    Dec. 9, 1972 (H) ...... 90 67
    Dec. 8, 1973 (A) ...... 91 81
  • The two teams had one common opponent this season: Saint Louis. Butler beat the Billikens 68-46 on Dec. 21 while the Cardinals split their two games, winning 73-54 on Jan. 11 in Louisville and falling 58-59 on Feb. 12 in St. Louis.
  • The teams have not played since 1973 when the Cardinals won 91-81 in Hinkle Fieldhouse (Dec. 8, 1973). The Cardinals had torrid shooting, hitting 36-of-66 from the field for .545 shooting percentage. Junior Bridgeman had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals. Allen Murphy had 21 points while Wesley Cox added 19.
  • Butler won the first game of the series 62-24 in 1921, U of L's ninth season of intercollegiate competition. For perspective that year, Woodrow Wilson was in his final month in the White House; the Yankees bought the 20 acres in the Bronx on that to build Yankee Stadium; and Behave Yourself won the Kentucky Derby.
  • Louisville has a collective 21-8 record against current members of the Horizon League. The last time the Cardinals faced a Horizon League team was in defeating Wisconsin- Milwaukee 90-75 in the first round of the 2001 Jim Thorpe Classic (12-7-01).


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