InsideTheVille.com provides an in-depth look at the University of Louisville's Thursday afternoon NCAA Tournament first round match-up against the Stanford Cardinal.
When the post-season for college basketball begins each March, the University of Louisville is typically among those making the chase for the national championship. The Cardinals, winners of the 1980 and 1986 championships, have won nearly 70 percent of their games during the month of March over the past 35 years and will be playing the NCAA Tournament for the 24th time in the last 31 years, including four of the last five.
Only five teams - Kentucky, UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas and Indiana - have made more NCAA appearances than U of L and only three - North Carolina, Kentucky and Duke - have reached the Sweet 16 more than the Cardinals 15 trips.
Stanford, which won the 1942 title, will be making it's 15th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since the 04-05 season and have a 19-13 all-time tournament record.
U of L has found success when entering the NCAA Tournament as a 6 seed. This is the third time the Cardinals have entered the tournament as a No. 6 seed, including 1996 and 1997. U of L has an 5-2 record as the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 (‘96) and Elite Eight (‘97) from that position.
U of L faced seven teams in the NCAA Tournament during the season, compiling a 2-7 mark against those foes (defeated Marquette and Pittsburgh; lost to Arizona, Georgetown, Marquette, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Villanova).
In addition to having success as a six seed, the Cardinals have faired very well when facing an 11 seed in the tournament. U of L is a perfect 4-0 when playing an 11 seed.
Louisville has an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 32-6 when playing as the higher seed. It's 8-13 all-time as the lower seed.
Louisville has a 3-10 record in Rupp Arena, all in games against the University of Kentucky. The Cardinals have played one NCAA event in the facility, falling 72-67 to Kentucky in the NCAA Mideast Region semifinals on the WIldcats' home floor on March 22, 1984.
A U of L player has produced a double-double in 12 games (Williams 7, Padgett 3, Palacios 2, Smith 1, Caracter 1).
Despite missing the past five games due to a back sprain, junior Juan Palacios needs 40 points to reach
1,000 career points. Palacios will become the 58th member of U of L's 1,000-point club. U of L and North Carolina currently lead the nation with 57.
Showing his ability to contribute in numerous ways, sophomore Terrence Williams is approaching a number of milestones. Williams needs 16 points to reach 700 in his career; 14 rebounds for 400 career
boards; and six assists for 200 in his career.
Junior center David Padgett needs 17 points for 600 in his career and five assists to reach 200 career assists.
Brandon Jenkins needs three assists for 250 in his career. The senior has played in 134 games, tied for ninth at U of L; he will move into a tie with Rodney McCray (1979-83) with his next outing.
Sophomore Andre McGee needs seven assists for 100 in his career.
After missing 16 games with off the court issues among the Cardinals' first 24 games, freshman forward Derrick Caracter has returned to average 10.5 points while shooting 59.3 percent from the field over the last eight games, second best on the team in that stretch.
Freshmen guards Edgar Sosa and Jerry Smith compare favorably to past U of L freshmen combos, ranking as the fifth-best freshman scoring duo ever for the Cardinals, averaging a combined 18.7 points. Smith has hit a team-high 52 three-point goals (Sosa has 43) and Sosa leads the Cards in steals (42).
Over the last six games, freshmen have scored 47 percent of the Cardinals' points (207 of 436 percent). Overall, Louisville's freshman class has contributed an average of 28.0 points (39 percent of U
of L's scoring), 11.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists as a group for the Cardinals. The Cardinals' current freshman class - Derrick Caracter, Earl Clark, Stuart Miller, Jerry Smith, Edgar Sosa - is the second highest scoring group ever at U of L. Louisville's 1978-79 freshman class of Wiley Brown, Jerry Eaves, Scooter McCray and Derek Smith is the highest scoring freshman class at U of L, averaging 28.4 points collectively.
||Has started last 4 games; has 102 assists on the season
||Averages 14 minutes of action per game
||Has played in 26 games this season
||Averages a team-high 34 minutes of action per game
||Has 45 blocked shots this season
||Shooting 41% from beyond 3pt line
||Plays nearly 9 minutes per game
||Plays an average of 13 minutes per game
||Has played in 10 games this season
||Has played in 16 games this season
||Leads team with 72 blocked shots
||Leads team with 112 assists