Cards look to stop revenge minded WVU

Louisville (17-9, 5-8) looks to stop revenge minded - and slumping - West Virginia (18-8, 9-4) this afternoon in a key Big East matchup in Morgantown. The Mountaineers have dropped four of their past five games, while the Cards are coming off a 65-53 win over DePaul.

West Virginia has revenge on their minds. The Mountaineers are still smarting from Louisville's 20 point comeback victory in last season's NCAA Tournament regional final. This afternoon, John Beilein's squad will get their chance to inflict a little pain on the Cardinals.

Louisville is coming off one of their most balanced performances, a 65-53 win over DePaul Wednesday night. Playing without starting center David Padgett, the Cardinals got strong performances from both 6-10 Terrance Farley and 6-9 Brian Johnson. The two combined for 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks against the Blue Demons.

"As a two headed monster, they give us some good things," Pitino said.

The Mountaineers enter the game 9-4 in the Big East and tied for third in the league standings. Despite their impressive record, West Virginia has lost four of their last five games. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that fact doesn't make the Mountaineers any less dangerous to stop.

"They're a unique basketball team," Pitino said. "They're very difficult to play against. They space the floor with five guys on the perimeter. West Virginia has great experience, as much back as anyone in the country. They have a system they know real well, they run it to perfection, and they play the 1-3-1 zone defense as well as man. They're a well coached team and they don't beat themselves."

The Cardinals had problems stopping 6-11 West Virginia forward Kevin Pittsnoggle last March. Pittsnogle leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 19 points per game, and Pitino says he's an even better player than the one his team faced in the NCAA Tournament last season.

"Pittsnogle causes serious problems," said Pitino. "He's improved his game. He's not just a pick and pop three-point shooter, he now does a good job turning over his left shoulder in the low-post. He does a very good job beating people off the dribble. He's a very potent offensive weapon."

Today's game will be broadcast on CBS with tip-off slated for 1:30 p.m.


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