|Date||Saturday, January 17, 2004|
|Time/Location||7:30 p.m./ Freedom Hall (18,865)|
|Radio||WHAS (840 AM)|
|Series History||Louisville leads 35-6|
|U of L Ranking||8th AP/ 9th ESPN/USA Today|
|Satellite Coord.||SBS 6, Transponder 6 (KU Band)|
|Officials||Larry Ware, Kevin Mathis, David Maracich|
Even though #8 Louisville won its 12th straight game, 76-66, Thursday night at East Carolina, University of Louisville assistant coach Kevin Willard wasn't overly pleased with the Cardinals performance.
"We were happy we won a road game," Willard said. "But we're not happy with the way we played. We like to improve each time out and we felt like we regressed and didn't get better [Thursday] night."
Still, Louisville was able to put away a hungry Pirate squad in a tough environment despite poor shooting and a subpar second half defensive performance.
Unlike Louisville, who will take the floor tonight less than 48 hours after playing in Greenville, the Green Wave have had all week to prepare for their trip to Freedom Hall to face the Cardinals. But they'll enter the game slumping, having lost five of its past six games, including a 70-65 set back at TCU last weekend where they were outrebounded 42-29.
"We played well and with confidence," Finney said after the TCU game. "I think we panicked a couple of times and forced bad shots when we needed poise. We have to learn how to win."
Tulane, who lost four starters from last season's unit, is led by forwards Vytas Taturanus and Wayne Tinsley. The six-foot-six inch Taturanus leads the Green Wave in both scoring and rebounding, while Tinsley provides leadership and is the team's second leading scorer at 10.8 points per game.
"They're a very good basketball team that's played a tough schedule," Willard said. "They're going to play a lot of zone and change defenses against us."
And for a team that has proved a quick study so far this season, you can safely assume these Cardinals learned their lesson Thursday night in Greenville and will be ready to give 40-minutes effort and execution tonight against the Green Wave.
Probable Starting Lineups
|F||Luke Whitehead||6-6||220||Sr||14.0||8.7||San Francisco|
|F||Francisco Garcia||6-7||185||So||15.2||5.0||Bronx, NY|
|C||Kendall Dartez||6-10||225||Sr||5.2||4.5||Houston, TX|
|G||Taquan Dean||6-3||185||So||12.8||4.0||Neptune, NJ|
|F||Vytus Taturanus||6-6||237||So||11.6||9.0||Kaunus, Lithuania|
|F||Wayne Tinsley||6-5||217||Sr||10.8||4.9||Fontana, CA|
|C||Quincey Davis||6'9||230||So||10.0||5.5||Los Angeles|
|G||Marcus Kinzer||5'10||187||Jr||8.4||3.0||Nashville, TN|
|G||Ben Benfield||6'3||181||Jr||10.3||3.4||River Ridge, LA|
Reserves: 6'4 Vincent Camper, 6'10 George Brown, 6'8 KoryCastine, 6'11 Ivan Pjevcevic