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Cards down Tulane, 79-58

Louisville (13-1, 4-0) defeated Tulane (6-7, 0-3) Saturday night to remain unbeaten in league play and set up an ESPN showdown against Cincinnati.<P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/225234.html"><B>ITV Audio: post-game comments</b></a> <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/255_142/premium.gif">

Let the hype begin!

Sure it wasn't a thing of beauty Saturday night as 8th ranked Louisville (13-1, 4-0) knocked off Tulane (6-7, 0-3) in Freedom Hall for its 13th straight win.

But it wasn't supposed to be pretty, either. Not with the travel, limited preparation and quick turnaround from Thursday's night's game against East Carolina in Greenville, NC.

"This is a good win coming off a late-night game," U of L head coach Rick Pitino said. "We are doing unintelligent things with our fouls. But we protected the basketball at the right time and it was a good win for us."

And despite another sub par shooting performance, Louisville used a stingy defense that held the Green Wave to 37 percent shooting from the field and forced Tulane into 23 turnovers.

Tulane kept the score close in the early going after jumping ahead 10-3, but the Cards were able to build a comfortable margin by halftime, 42-29, and steadily pulled away in the second half for a 21 point win to remain unbeaten in league play.


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"After the second half East Carolina debacle, we played good second half defensively tonight," Pitino said. "We are pleased with that. We were very active defensively and when you do that, good things happen."

Louisville got balanced scoring against the Green Wave, led by senior forward Luke Whitehead, who finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

Taquan Dean scored 15 and Larry O'Bannon finished with 13. Reserve Otis George also had 8 points and 12 rebounds.

6'9 center Quincy Davis led Tulane with 16 points.

Now, the stage is set for Wednesday night's clash against highly ranked Cincinnati, who knocked off TCU Saturday night 85-57, in Freedom Hall.

"Cincinnati is half-court trapping and pressing more this year," Pitino said. "Their offense is much improved. They will be the best opponent we will have played this year and it's no slight on anyone else we've played this year."

Tulane head coach Shawn Finney, who's team has played both Cincinnati and Louisville this season, expects a an exciting contest from the leagues top two teams on Wednesday.

"Looking at the game, you have to give Louisville credit," Finney said. "Everytime we got within 11 or 12 points, they hit big threes. We did a good job handling the pressure and I was proud of the way we played. Having played Cincinnati and Louisville, it's going to be a hell of a game on Wednesday."

Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. and will be televised live on ESPN.

TULANE 6-7, 0-3
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
40 TATARUNAS, Vytautas. f  0-3    0-1    1-2    1  4  5   3   1  4  1  0  0  24
45 TINSLEY, Wayne...... f  5-9    4-5    0-0    0 10 10   1  14  1  8  0  2  36
50 DAVIS, Quincy....... c  7-12   0-0    2-6    2  6  8   4  16  1  2  3  0  34
04 CAMPER, Vincent..... g  0-6    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   4   0  2  3  0  1  17
11 KINZER, Marcus...... g  4-11   1-3    6-9    1  6  7   2  15  2  6  0  1  38
03 MARSH, Waitari......    1-4    1-3    2-2    1  1  2   4   5  0  0  0  0  13
20 FITZGERALD, Dan.....    0-2    0-2    0-0    0  2  2   2   0  0  2  0  1  19
22 CASTINE, Kory.......    0-0    0-0    0-2    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   6
30 BENFIELD, Ben.......    2-4    1-3    2-3    0  2  2   2   7  1  1  0  0  13
   TEAM................                         2     2
   Totals..............   19-51   7-17  13-24   7 33 40  23  58 11 23  3  5 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-27 33.3%   2nd Half: 10-24 41.7%   Game: 37.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-10 30.0%   2nd Half:  4-7  57.1%   Game: 41.2%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-15 53.3%   2nd Half:  5-9  55.6%   Game: 54.2%    4

LOUISVILLE 13-1, 4-0
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 Whitehead, Luke..... f  5-9    0-0    6-10   2  7  9   3  16  2  2  1  2  34
34 O'Bannon, Larry..... f  3-6    1-3    6-7    2  3  5   1  13  4  1  0  3  33
01 Dartez, Kendall..... c  1-5    0-1    0-0    1  3  4   2   2  1  1  1  0  14
05 Dean, Taquan........ g  5-16   3-9    2-2    0  4  4   4  15  3  1  0  1  33
32 Garcia, Francisco... g  2-10   2-5    2-3    1  2  3   5   8  3  4  0  1  20
04 Diakite, Nouha......    0-0    0-0    2-4    0  1  1   1   2  0  0  1  0   7
11 Jenkins, Brandon....    1-2    0-1    1-2    1  1  2   1   3  0  1  0  2   6
12 Gianiny, Brad.......    0-0    0-0    2-2    0  1  1   0   2  0  0  0  0   2
13 Mohammed, Alhaji....    1-5    0-2    2-3    1  2  3   2   4  1  2  0  4  18
15 Johnson, Perrin.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  1   3
30 Daniels, Nate.......    2-6    2-6    0-0    0  1  1   3   6  0  1  0  0   9
52 George, Otis........    3-6    0-1    2-2    7  5 12   2   8  1  0  0  0  21
   TEAM................
   Totals..............   23-65   8-28  25-35  15 31 46  24  79 15 13  3 14 200
TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-36 38.9%   2nd Half:  9-29 31.0%   Game: 35.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-13 23.1%   2nd Half:  5-15 33.3%   Game: 28.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-16 68.8%   2nd Half: 14-19 73.7%   Game: 71.4%   4,1

Officials: Larry Ware, Kevin Mathis, David Maracich
Technical fouls: TULANE-None. LOUISVILLE-None.
Attendance: 19480
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
TULANE........................   29   29  -   58
LOUISVILLE....................   42   37  -   79
Points in the paint-TUL 18,LOU 22. Points off turnovers-TUL 11,LOU 22.
2nd chance points-TUL 8,LOU 17. Fast break points-TUL 4,LOU 4.
Bench points-TUL 12,LOU 25. Score tied-3 times. Lead changed-1 time.
Last FG-TUL 2nd-03:01, LOU 2nd-00:54.

Tidbits from Freedom Hall

  • The Cardinals leading scorer, Francisco Garcia, had an off night, fouling out for the second straight game, with just 8 points. Tulane head coach Shawn Finney had this to say afterward...

    "I'm not sure if it was our defense or he just had an off night. He is still the best player in the league without a doubt. He was the major focus of our defense."

    Garcia had this to say about fouling out for the second time in as many games....

    "I was reaching too much. I've got to keep the hands in my pocket a little bit more. But when we come to practice on Monday, I'm going to make an adjustment.

  • Head football coach Bobby Petrino and staff hosted a large group of high school prospects Saturday night, including Illinois CB Bobby Buchanan and his brother, former Louisville great, Ray Buchanan. Buchanan has given a soft verbal to Illinois.

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