No Respect?

No respect. That's how comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to feel – that he got no respect. It also might be how the Louisville Cardinals are feeling today. After knocking off a pair of Top 20 teams – then-No. 6 Georgetown and then-No. 16 Marquette - last week to improve to 18-6, the Cardinals didn't receive much love in the two major polls this week.

No respect.

That's how comedian Rodney Dangerfield used to feel – that he got no respect. It also might be how the Louisville Cardinals are feeling today.

After knocking off a pair of Top 20 teams – then-No. 6 Georgetown and then-No. 16 Marquette - last week to improve to 18-6, the Cardinals didn't receive much love in the two major polls this week. Despite having won five of their last six games, Louisville didn't crack the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll, checking in one spot behind Marquette – a team the Cards have defeated twice, including last Monday's 71-57 win - at No. 26.

"The bottom line is that the coaches aren't paying any attention," Rick Pitino said. "They give it to their assistant coaches and their assistants are busy breaking down film and recruiting. ESPN should do it with the talent they have – they have great talent in terms of writers, producers and broadcasters.

"Guys like Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger (Phelps) and Raff they should be the ones voting because they're doing it every night and studying it. But the (poll) is of no value. We're very happy that we're No. 17 in the RPI."

Though they didn't crack the coaches poll, Louisville did earn a spot in the Associated Press poll. The Cardinals are ranked No. 23 in the AP poll this week, the first time they've been ranked in eight weeks.

Four other Big East teams are ranked in the AP poll this week – No. 8 Georgetown, No. 17 Connecticut, No. 20 Notre Dame and No. 22 Pittsburgh.

Louisville hits the road this week to play DePaul Tuesday night and Providence Saturday afternoon.

"The next two games, both team are very offensively dangerous," Pitino said. "Providence is a lot like Seton Hall but with more talent. And DePaul is the same. If you catch them on a good offensive night you're in trouble."


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