Louisville was one of four teams that had two selections among the 15 persons who comprised the first, second and third team all-conference picks.
A first-team all-conference selection, Garcia ranks among the league leaders and leads the Cards in scoring (15.8, 9th in C-USA), assists (4.9, third in C-USA) and steals (1.8, fourth in C-USA). He also is among the C-USA leaders in blocked shots (1.4, 8th), free throw percentage (.787, 10th) and assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.7, 6th). He has scored double figures on 19 occasions this season and handed out three or more assists 21 times.
A first team NABC District 7 selection, Garcia is on the final ballot of the top 20 candidates for the 2003-04 John R. Wooden Award and All-America team. He is among the 20 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year and is one of the final 15 candidates for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award as released Feb. 12.
A third-team All-C-USA pick, Whitehead is the top rebounder (8.0, 5th in C-USA) and second-leading scorer (11.3, 29th in Conference USA) for the Cardinals. A team tri-captain with Garcia and Taquan Dean, he scored in double figures in 15 games this year and on 52 occasions in his career. He has 17 career double-doubles, including six this season.
Garcia, Whitehead and their U of L teammates will face East Carolina in the first round of the 2004 Kelly Tires Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament to be played March 10-13 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Louisville, the No. 6 seed in the tournament, will play No. 11 seed East Carolina on Wednesday (March 10) at 7 p.m. EST in the first game of the evening session. The winner will face No. 3 seed Cincinnati on Thursday (March 11) in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m.
Single session tickets for the event are available at all Ticketmaster locations, with a credit card by calling 513-562-4949 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets for Sessions 1-4 are $30.00 per session while sessions 5 and 6 are $35.00 per session.
2003-04 C-USA Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams
2003-04 All-Conference USA First Team
Sean Banks, Memphis, F, 6-8, 210, Fr., Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)
Antonio Burks, Memphis, G, 6-0, 200, Sr., Memphis, Tenn. (Hiwassee College)
Travis Diener, Marquette, G, 6-0, 165, Jr., Fond du Lac, Wis. (Goodrich)
Francisco Garcia, Louisville, F, 6-7, 185, So., Bronx, N.Y. (Winchendon)
Curtis Withers, Charlotte, F, 6-8, 230, So., Charlotte, N.C,. (West Charlotte)
2003-04 All-Conference USA Second Team
Andre Brown, DePaul, F/C, 6-9, 245, Sr., Chicago, Ill. (Leo)
Reggie Bryant, Saint Louis, G, 6-2, 185, Jr., Baltimore, Md. (Calvert Hall)
Charles Gaines, Southern Miss, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Houston, Texas (Southwest Missouri St.)
Delonte Holland, DePaul, F, 6-7, 220, Sr., Greenbelt, Md. (Vincennes Univ.)
Jason Maxiell, Cincinnati, F, 6-7, 240, Jr., Carrollton, Texas (Newman Smith)
2003-04 All-Conference USA Third Team
Tony Bobbitt, Cincinnati, G, 6-4, 185, Sr., Daytona Beach, Fla. (Southern Idaho)
Mo Finley, UAB, G, 5-11, 174, Sr., LaFayette, Ala. (LaFayette)
Terrence Leather, USF, F, 6-9, 221, Jr., Tampa, Fla. (Robinson)
Corey Santee, TCU, G, 6-2, 193, Jr., Flint, Mich. (Maine Central)
Luke Whitehead, Louisville, F, 6-6, 220, Sr., San Francisco, Calif. (Oak Hill Academy)