Jenkins doubtful, Caracter out vs. UConn

Louisville (13-6, 3-2) could be without senior guard Brandon Jenkins tonight for their "Whiteout" showdown with Connecticut on ESPN's Big Monday.

Louisville could be without senior guard Brandon Jenkins tonight for their "Whiteout" showdown with Connecticut on ESPN's Big Monday. Jenkins injured his hand in Saturday's 59-50 win over DePaul.

"We are going to play this game with B.J. being doubtful," Louiville coach Rick Pitino said. "He hurt his thumb in the game, but he'll probably play with it heavily taped."

Like Louisville, the Huskies are a youthful, but talented team. Coming off a tough loss to Indiana on the road Saturday, Connecticut will probably start three freshmen against Louisville – 6-9 forward Stanley Robinson, 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet and 6-3 guard Jerome Dyson.

"They're one of the best defensive teams in the country and one of the best shot blocking and rebounding teams in the country," Pitino said. "They cause us a lot of problems because we've struggled in the Big East rebounding the ball."

While Jenkins is doubtful, Derrick Caracter is not. The 6-9 freshman didn't go with the team to Chicago for the DePaul game and won't play tonight against Jim Calhoun's Huskies.

"He will not suit up (against Connecticut)," Pitino said. "We shouldn't make a whole lot of this because he's only played in eight game and he's averaging 5 points and 3 rebounds a game shooting 27 percent from the line.'

Caracter won't suit up against Connecticut.

"So it's not like he's helping (us) win or lose. It's not really something that we should pay attention to. We wrote a contract for him when he went home and he signed it. I am not keeping him out at all. He's breaking the contract himself. He had a contract to live up to and it's very simply stated that he had to adhere to the rules or he won't play. He's just breaking the contract. Hopefully down the road he'll fulfill the contract."

Pitino said Caracter simply isn't living up to his end of the bargain.

"It's about a lot of simple things, being on time, controlling your weight, being positive," Pitino said. "It's just simple things that you expect from any ball player. Going to class. Things of that nature."

Pitino said the Caracter saga won't effect the rest of his teammates.

"It was a major distraction before, but it's not anymore – the guys are used to it by now," Pitino said.

The Louisville crowd has been asked to wear all white for tonight's game against the Huskies, similar to the football Cardinals "Blackout" game against West Virginia last season. Pitino joked that the event might help his teams' shooting.

"I think all the white in the background will help us shoot," Pitino said.

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