Rick Pitino's squad is coming off, perhaps, its best performance of the season. The Cards jumped on Rutgers from the start Saturday afternoon and never let up, bouncing the Scarlet Knights for the second time this season, 87-50.
last month at home.
In Louisville's first meeting this season with Marquette, the Cardinals made thing difficult for Tom Crean's troops using a stifling 2-3 zone that held the Eagles to just 30 percent shooting from the floor, including an unbelievable 0 for 12 performance from three-point range.
Now, Louisville hopes to go into the Bradley Center, where Marquette is undefeated this season, and emerge with an important Big East win. Both teams are currently 6-3 in conference play and in a three-way tie with UConn for third place in the Big East standings behind Georgetown (8-1) and Notre Dame (6-2).
"It is a new game," Pitino said. "Teams play well at home in this conference. We play well at home. They are going to play well. They are really good basketball team and they have a lot of weapons, great quickness, blinding quickness and are very active with their hands.
"The other game was a long time ago and every game is different. We know we are going to a very difficult situation."
Marquette blasted Cincinnati 75-60 Saturday afternoon and carved up the Bearcats zone defense with crisp ball movement that resulted in 19 assists on the Eagles' 26 baskets.
"Marquette has not lost at home and they got a road victory today over (Cincinnati) and they are a terrific team," said Pitino. "So we just got to get ready."