Cards look to regain form against Tulane

#8 Louisville (12-1, 3-0) returns home tonight to face Tulane (6-6, 0-2) after winning its 12th consecutive game Thursday night.

Date Saturday, January 17, 2004
Time/Location 7:30 p.m./ Freedom Hall (18,865)
Television WDRB
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.

Now, says Willard, Louisville is completely focused on Tulane (6-6, 0-2) and won't be looking ahead to next week's conference clash against rival Cincinnati.

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

Louisville (12-1, 3-0) Ht Wt Yr PPG RPG Hometown
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
G Larry O'Bannon 6-4 195 Jr 10.0 2.7 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

Tulane (6-6, 0-2) Ht Wt Yr PPG RPG Hometown
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


  • U of L arrived back in Louisville at 2:30 A.M. Friday morning from Greenville. Tonights game will mark the only time this season the Cardinals will face an opponent with only two days between games.
  • With 9 points against East Carolina, senior forward Luke Whitehead needs just 62 points to become the 53rd player in Louisville history to score 1,000 career points.
  • Louisville has won the past 11 games its played during the month of January.
  • Louisville has won its last four games against Tulane, though six of the past twelve contests have been decided by five or fewer points.
  • Tonight's game will be the first time these two teams have met in regular season conference play in three years.
  • Ten of the Cardinals next 13 games will be televised on ABC, CBS, ESPN or ESPN2.

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