Notebook: Battle of the Bluegrass

Tip-off in the latest meeting on the hardwood between rivals Louisville and Kentucky is set for Saturday afternoon at 2:00p.m. Cardinal Authority has this notebook to help you get primed for the big game.

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., college basketball's most intense rivalry will renew for the 48th time when top-ranked Kentucky (12-0) visits No.4 Louisville (11-0) at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Cardinals, who are 74-9 all-time at the KFC Yum! Center, are looking for their first win in the series since an 80-77 win at home on December 29, 2012.

Here's a quick look at the team rosters, statistical comparison and a game notebook.

Lineups

LOUISVILLE


No. PLAYER SIZE YR. PPG RPG
24 F Montrezl Harrell * 6'8, 240 Jr. 16.7 10.0
25 F Wayne Blackshear * 6'5, 215 Sr. 13.7 6.1
32 C Chinanu Onuaku * 6'10, 250 Fr. 4.6 5.8
0 G Terry Rozier * 6'1, 190 So. 16.7 5.5
3 G Chris Jones * 5'10, 175 Sr. 12.3 4.1
1 G Anton Gill 6'3, 190 So. 3.6 1.7
2 G Quentin Snider 6'1, 180 Fr. 2.5 1.4
4 G Dillon Avare 6'0, 150 Fr. 1.0 1.3
5 F/C Matz Stockman 7'0, 240 Fr. 1.3 2.7
10 F Jaylen Johnson 6'9, 215 Fr. 1.8 1.6
12 F/C Mangok Mathiang 6'10, 220 So. 3.3 5.7
14 F Anas Mahmoud 7'0, 200 Fr. 1.9 2.8
15 G Trent Gilbert 6'0, 175 Fr. 1.5 0.5
21 G Shaqquan Aaron 6'7, 170 Fr. 0.0 2.0
23 G David Levitch 6'3, 180 Fr. 2.5 0.4

KENTUCKY


No. PLAYER SIZE YR. PPG RPG
12 F Karl-Anthony Towns * 6'11, 250 Fr. 8.1 6.6
15 F Willie Cauley-Stein * 7'0, 242 Jr. 10.5 6.7
41 F Trey Lyles * 6'10, 235 Fr. 7.9 5.5
2 G Aaron Harrison * 6'6, 212 So. 10.6 2.0
00 F Marcus Lee 6'9, 220 So. 3.3 3.5
1 G Devon Booker 6'6, 206 Fr. 10.0 1.2
3 G Tyler Ulis 5'9, 155 Fr. 5.0 2.3
13 G Sam Malone 5'11, 185 Sr. 0.5 1.5
21 G Tod Lanter 6'2, 190 Sr. 0.0 0.0
22 F Alex Poythress ** 6'8, 235 Jr. 5.5 3.8
24 G EJ Floreal 6'3, 200 So. 0.3 0.0
25 G Dominique Hawkins 6'0, 195 So. 1.3 0.9
32 G Brian Long 5'9, 155 Sr. 0.0 0.0
35 F Derek Willis 6'9, 220 So. 3.1 1.3
44 C Dakari Johnson 7'0, 255 So. 8.8 5.8

* Likely Starters
** Injured - OUT

Statistical Comparison

CATEGORY LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY
Scoring Average
76.8 77.3
Points Allowed
47.7 54.4
Scoring Margin
+29.1 +22.9
FG Percentage
.475 .441
Opp. FG Percentage
.300 .344
3-Pt. Percentage
.314 .290
FT Percentage
.659 .641
Rebound Margin
+10.2 +9.4
Turnover Margin
+5.7 +5.0

Louisville Trends

**The Cardinals have made 83.1 percent from the line in its last three games (54-of-65).

**The Cardinals have won their first 11 games of the season for the second time in the last four years and just the fifth occasion in school history. Louisville started 12-0 in the 2011-12 season. Louisville is one of nine unbeaten teams in the nation through Dec. 20.

**30 points. Louisville has had three players score at least 30 points in a game this season. Wayne Blackshear, Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier have each reached the mark this season.

**The Cardinals have led by double digits at one point in all 11 games.

**With 14 steals in its last game vs. Cal State Northridge, the Cardinals are averaging 11.0 steals, ranking fifth in the nation. U of L has produced double-digit steals in nine of its 11 games this season.

**Kentucky will be the 10th top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll that Louisville has faced during the regular season since the poll began in 1949. The Cardinals have won three of its last four games against No. 1 ranked teams. Louisville won its last matchup with a top-ranked team in beating Syracuse 78-68 on March 6, 2010.

Additional Notes

**Four Cardinals are averaging more than 12 points per game. Louisville and Notre Dame are the only ACC teams to have four players among the league’s top 25 scorers.

**Louisville’s average of 44.8 rebounds per game is the third-highest in the nation.

**The Cardinals have scored 217 of their 850 points off turn-overs (26 percent). Louisville is averaging 19.7 points per game off turnovers.

**In its 11 games this season, Louisville has produced 28 runs of 8-0 or better, including runs of 12-0 and 10-0 vs. Cal State Northridge in its last game. Louisville has forced its opponents into 37 scoring droughts of three minutes or more.

**Louisville’s 107 victories over the last four years are the most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories by its 2012-13 NCAA Title team.


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