|Date||Saturday, March 6, 2004|
|Time/Location||1:30 p.m. / Bradley Center (19,150)|
|Radio||WHAS (840 AM)|
|Series History||Louisville leads 31-22|
|U of L Ranking||25th AP/ 24rd ESPN/USA Today|
|Officials||Steve Welmer, Gerald Boudreaux, Rick Randall|
When Marquette came to Louisville on the last day of January, all was right on Planet Red.
The Cardinals were cruising along, owners of a 16 game winning streak and a top five national ranking.
In the first matchup, the difference was Marquette's outsiding shooting. While Novak and Marquette made 11 three point shots, the Cards managed just 5 on 34 attempts. Still, Louisville made several runs during the second half and had chances to win down the stretch.
From that point, though, both Louisville and Marquette have struggled on the court, though U of L appears to have gotten back on track with wins over Memphis and Saint Louis in its past two game. While Louisville lost five of their next seven games after the January 31st game, Marquette dropped its next four and have lost five of their last eight.
But Louisville's Rick Pitino still says this is a dangerous Marquette team.
"They're not a different team," Pitino said. "They're the same team that we've played. They've five or six players back from a Final Four team and they're the type of team that could go in next week and win the conference tournament."
As for Novak, Pitino said his team defended well the first time around, and credited Novak for a superb offensive performance.
"Watching it you just have to credit him for being in the zone because we played good defense on him," Pitino said. "We jammed him, we challenged his shots and he just had one of those night where everything goes in."
Coming off an impressive performance against Saint Louis Wednesday night, Louisville will look to continue building on its new found momentum heading into next week's C-USA tournament in Cincinnati.
"We feel like we're back to playing the way we were," Otis George said. "So we feel good."
Probable Starting Lineups
|F||Otis George||6-8||230||Jr||5.5||5.1||Roseau, Dominica|
|F||Francisco Garcia||6-7||185||So||15.5||4.8||Bronx, NY|
|C||Kendall Dartez||6-10||225||Sr||5.7||4.8||Houston, TX|
|G||Taquan Dean||6-3||185||So||10.7||4.0||Neptune, NJ|
|G||Alhaji Mohammed||6-3||200||Sr||4.5||1.8||Chicago, IL|
|F||Scott Merritt||6-10||245||Sr||12.1||7.0||Wauwatosa, WI|
|F||Steve Novak||6-9||215||So||12.5||4.8||Brown Deer, WI|
|C||Terry Sanders||6-8||225||Sr||6.3||4.5||Milwaukee, WI|
|G||Dameon Mason||6-5||180||Fr||8.4||4.6||Aurora, IL|
|G||Travis Diener||6-1||165||Jr||18.7||3.1||Fond du Lac, WI|