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GAME FACTS
Date Saturday, January 10, 2004
Time/Location 1:04 p.m./ Sun Dome (10,411)
Television WFTE-TV (Channel 58)
Radio WHAS (840 AM)
Series History Louisville leads 15-3
U of L Ranking 10th AP/ 12th ESPN/USA Today
Satellite Coord. SBS 6, Transponder 6 (KU Band)
Officials Hal Lusk, Tom Eades, Mike Ashurst

Who will number 11 be for lucky for today?

The #10 Louisville Cardinals hit the road in search of their eleventh consecutive victory after dropping its season opener to Iowa, while the South Florida Bulls have had eleven days since their last outing against New Orleans to prepare for the Cardinals.

But if the way Louisville, who dusted James Green and the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles Wednesday night in their C-USA opener, 76-42, has been playing during its current ten game winning streak is any indication, it will take a monumental effort for the Bulls to ride off with a win.

The Bulls enter one game above .500 but haven't played a game since winning the USF Holiday Classic on December 30. In that game, USF fell behind by 14 with nine minutes left in the game until Bulls head coach Robert McCullum made a rare defensive change up from his traditional man-to-man to a 3-2 zone. Keyed the confusion caused by the zone, an 18-1 run and some timely free throw shooting, USF came from behind to claim their own tournament title, 66-61.

"I thought our guys did a great job of not letting fatique be a factor against a team that plays that pressing style for forty minutes," McCallum said afterward.

Now the Bulls face one of the best pressing teams in the nation in Louisville and the Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino expects the Bulls to be well versed against the press with nearly two weeks to prepare.

"I would probably surmise they're preparing for our full court press," Pitino said.

South Flordia is led by 6'9 forward Terrence Leather, 6'5 forward Jimmy Baxter, and junior college point guard Bradley Mosley. Mosley was named MVP of the holiday classic and played well against Michigan State earlier this season. Leather, who averages nearly a double-double, and Baxter, give the Bulls a potent one-two punch at the forward spot.

"South Florida is a taller version of Murray State," Pitino said. "They play a very similar style. It will be a challenge on the road and we'll have to play well to beat them."

Specifically, Pitino wants better rebounding than his team showed against Southern Miss and publicly challenged senior captain Luke Whitehead to show more "grit" on the boards for the Cardinals.

"Our rebounding was disturbing the other night," Pitino said. "I thought we were over the hump rebounding wise but I guess we're not."

Probable Starting Lineups

Louisville (10-1, 1-0) Ht Wt Yr PPG RPG Hometown
F Luke Whitehead 6-6 220 Sr 14.7 9.0 San Francisco
F Francisco Garcia 6-7 185 So 15.5 4.8 Bronx, NY
C Kendall Dartez 6-10 225 Sr 5.2 4.2 Houston, TX
G Taquan Dean 6-3 185 So 12.3 3.9 Neptune, NJ
G Larry O'Bannon 6-4 195 Jr 9.1 2.8 Louisville

Reserves: 6'9 Nouha Diakite 1.9, 2.0 6'9 Otis George  4.9, 3.7, 6'3 Alhaji Mohammad 4.9, 1.5, 6'7 Nate Daniels 6.5, 2.0, 6'3 Brandon Jenkins 2.1, 1.7

So. Florida (6-5, 0-0) Ht Wt Yr PPG RPG Hometown
F Jimmy Baxter 6-5 200 Sr 10.0 3.7 St. Petersburgh, FL
F Terrence Leather 6-9 220 Jr 14.1 8.6 Tampa, FL
C Gerrick Morris 6-10 220 Sr 5.4 7.0 West Palm Beach
G Brian Swift 5-10 165 Jr. 7.8 2.4 Warrensville, OH
G Bradley Mosley 6-2 180 Jr 14.3 2.2 West Palm Beach

Reserves:  6'5 Sam Barber, 6'8 Brandon Brigman, 6'3 Marlyn Bryant

Notes

  • Louisville ranks eighth nationally in scoring margin (+21).
  • The Cardinals also rank fourth nationally in blocked shots per game (7.6).
  • USF guard Marlyn Bryant tore his ACL Thursday and is out the rest of the season.

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