U of L hoops: NCAA notebook

SEATTLE - Cardinal Authority has a notebook full of University of Louisville basketball items on Saturday as the Cardinals prepare for Northern Iowa. Louisville (25-8) will play the Panthers (31-3) on Sunday night at 9:40 p.m. ET in KeyArena.


There's been a lot of chatter about Terry Rozier and what the future holds for the University of Louisville sophomore guard. But Rozier said he's not worried about it.

Sitting in a locker in the old Seattle SuperSonics locker room on Saturday, Rozier said the NBA and his future are the "farthest" thing from his mind at this point. He's preparing for a third-round NCAA Tournament game against Northern Iowa.

"That would be selfish of me," Rozier said. "I can't say I have never thought about it but I am living in the moment right now. I'm still a Louisville Cardinal and I am not worried about my decision at the end of the season. That's something I will sit down after the season and talk with coach (Rick Pitino) about.

"I'm trying to win. It's not like I'm sitting there thinking, 'OK if we lose I can go to the next level.' I'm a winner, I've always been a winner and I want to win."

The 6-foot-1 Rozier is averaging 17 points a game for the Cardinals and had been projected as a first-round pick in the NBA Draft. His stock has slipped in recent weeks since he's been in a shooting slump.

But Rozier said anyone who thinks he's already set on a decision is wrong.

"It's hard because I watch a lot of NBA games," he said. "I mean if you are a D-I player - even someone on the end of the bench - you want to play in the NBA. That's always your goal, but maybe my time is not right. We'll see."


U of L coach Rick Pitino said he wasn't sure what starting lineup the Cardinals would use against Northern Iowa on Sunday.

Pitino said earlier in the week he might use Montrezl Harrell at the five.

"I'm not sure right now," Pitino said. "I'm not sure whether we're going to go with Mangok (Mathiang) or go with Montrezl at the five and probably somebody else at the four."

U of L could use freshman Jaylen Johnson, the player Pitino called one of the most improved on his team, at the four or he could use Wayne Blackshear at the four and insert another guard at the three. The Cardinals have several options.


Pitino continued to add to his impressive NCAA Tournament resume with now a 17-3 record in the first game of the NCAA Tournament and 51-17 overall.

The Hall of Fame coach is 42-7 in the tournament when his team is the higher seed and his teams have reached the Sweet 16 in 12 of his previous 19 tournament appearances.


Freshman center Chinanu Onuaku took a hard fall in the second half of the UC-Irvine game and didn't return because of a back injury.

The 6-foot-10 Onuaku said on Saturday that he woke up "pretty sore," but went through practice and is expected to be available for the game.

"It's alright," Onuaku said. "I can play through it and will be fine."

Onuaku has started 26 games and averages 3.2 points and 4.8 rebounds a game.


***** The Atlantic Coast Conference was 6-0 in NCAA play during the round of 64 and advanced six teams into the Round of 32 for the first time in league history.

***** For the first time in ACC history, three teams have 30 wins – Duke (30), Notre Dame (30), Virginia (30).

***** For the first time in ACC history, five teams have 25 or more wins – Duke (30), Notre Dame (30), Virginia (30), Louisville (25), North Carolina (25).

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