Cards face must-win against #22 Hoyas

It's a big night for Louisville basketball. Not only is it a must-win situation for the Cardinals against favored Georgetown, but Louisville fans will also see the unveiling of "Denny Crum Court."

It's a big night for Louisville basketball. Not only is it a must-win situation for the Cardinals against favored Georgetown, but Louisville fans will also see the unveiling of "Denny Crum Court."

Crum, who led Louisville to six Final Four's and two NCAA titles in 30 years as the Cardinals coach, will have the Freedom Hall court named in his honor during a pre-game ceremony that will begin at 6:45 p.m.

"I think it's a special night for everybody. For Denny and his family, the fans" Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "Everybody's looking forward to it and it will be a special night for Louisville basketball. He is Louisville basketball."

Louisville needs a victory to help their post-season chances after falling to 6-3 in the Big East after a 57-53 loss at Villanova Saturday. Now, the Cardinals face a major challenge against the big and physical Hoyas.

Georgetown enters tonight's game ranked No. 22 in the polls. That's probably not good news for the Cardinals, who haven't beaten the last 12 ranked opponents they've faced. John Thompson III's squad is led by a pair of NBA prospects – 7-2 Roy Hibbert and 6-9 Jeff Green.


Denny Crum Court
ceremony begins
at 6:45 p.m

"I think they're one of the more talented teams in the country," Pitino said. "They're a legitimate Top 10 team. This team has two potential lottery picks on it. They're very deep, very tall and very physical defensively. They're very, very good."

The Cardinals will be without one of their top frontcourt reserves against Georgetown. 6-10 junior Terrance Farley will not play because of a sprained ankle sustained during practice.

"He's definitely not playing," Pitino said of Farley.

Pitino also hopes to see his team do a better job on the board than they did against the Wildcats Saturday. Villanova out-rebounded the cold-shooting Cardinals and Pitino wasn't happy with the way his team rebounded their missed shots.

"It was a very disappointing effort by Tello and T-Will, especially on the glass because they didn't grab an offensive rebound," Pitino said.


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