Cards will play TCU in C-USA tourney Thursday

Top-seeded Louisville (26-4, 14-2), the regular-season C-USA champion, will play TCU in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Kelly Tires Conference USA Tournament at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee Thursday afternoon at 1:00 PM. TCU knocked off Marquette 60-57 in overtime during Wednesday's first round action.

Top-seed Louisville will play Texas Christian at 1:00 PM Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2005 Kelly Tires C-USA Tournament at the FedExForum in Memphis, TN.

TCU beat Marquette 60-57 in overtime on Corey Santee's three-pointer in the final seconds of the extra period.

The Horned Frogs caused problems the entire game for the Eagles with their full-court pressure defense, and it paid off at the end when TCU made the steal that resulted in Santee's game-winning shot.

"We're such a small team and awkward at times," TCU coach Neil Dogherty said, "that we're like a left-handed fighter. So when we do press, it tends to throw teams off and it gives us a chance to do what we do best - and that's play in transition."

Dogherty's biggest concern now is getting his team rested up to play No. 6 Louisville (26-4).

"They are so deep and they're playing so well right now," Dorherty said of the Cardinals. "The main thing that we have to do right now is go home and rest, and try to get our legs under us."

"If we can come back with the same type of intensity and enthusiasm physically then we'll have a chance to compete against them," he added. "But it will be difficult. They've been sitting there resting and waiting and we had to play an extra session today. So that's my biggest concern."

Louisville beat TCU 86-51 earlier this season at Freedom Hall. In that Jan. 8 matchup, 6-8 freshman Tello Palacios led the Cardinals with 23 points, while junior forward Francisco Garcia added 21.

While the Horned Frogs pressure helped it advance past Marquette this afternoon, it was Louisville who scored 22 points off of TCU's 23 turnovers in the team's first matchup this season.

"Where we had our problem was that they were way better defensively than we were offensively," Dougherty said after Louisville's win in Freedom Hall. "They just took us out of a lot of things."

Tip-off for the Louisville-TCU game will be at 1:00 PM Thursday afternoon. The game will televised on ESPN 2.

DEAN FEELING BETTER; WILL START THURSDAY'S GAME

Louisville coach Rick Pitino said Monday night during his weekly radio program that junior guard Taquan Dean will replace sophomore Brandon Jenkins in the starting lineup Thursday against TCU.

Pitino confirmed Wednesday morning that Dean received a clean bill of health and his most recent test for mononucleosis came back negative for the virus.


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