Preview: Louisville vs. Eastern Kentucky

Louisville takes on Coach Travis Ford's Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Freedom Hall in the first round of the Billy Minardi Classic tonight.

2002-03 Season Averages (EKU Colonels – Opponent)

  • 87.4 PPG – 64.5 PPG
  • 50.0% FG (208-416) – 37.1% FG (140-377)
  • 31.2% 3 pt (68-110) – 29.1% 3 pt (66-111)
  • 45.5 Reb – 36.3 Reb
  • A/T 121 to 87 – A/T 78 to 109
  • Steals 66 - 39
  • Blocks 20 - 11
  • Coach: Travis Ford, 3rd season
  • 2001-02 Record was 7-20 (3-13 in the OVC)
  • 2002-03 Record to date is 5-1 (0-0 in the OVC, 1-1 away, 4-0 home, neutral 0-0) Lost on the road to IPFW on 11-30-02

    Maroon's Season to date
    Coach Travis Ford's Eastern Kentucky Colonels have begun the 2002-03 season in grand fashion, winning five of the six games played thus far. This equals the best start since legendary EKU coach Paul McBrayer led his Eastern Kentucky Maroons' team to a 5-1 beginning in 1949-50 on the way to a 16-6 mark


    Returning Starters Note, none of the returning players started all games for EKU during the 2001-02 campaign. Games started last year at the end.
  • Shawn Fields F(#25) 25
  • Kenyatta Dix G(#14)11
  • Micheal Haney F(#35)13


Probable Starters

  • Shawn Fields F (#25) 25.2 min 15.5 pts 50.9% (28-55) 41.7% 3pt (5-12) 5.2 R 8-10 A/TO 7 Stl 0 Blk
  • Jon Bentley F (#34) 23.5 min 16.8 pts 67.2% (41-61) 12.5% 3pt (1-8) 7.3 R 7-11 A/TO 8 Stl 4 Blk
  • Damian McPherson C (#42) 15.5 min 4.2 pts 44.4% (8-18) 0.0% 3pt (0-0) 3.2 R 4-4 A/TO 3 Stl 5 Blk
  • Matt Witt G (#12) 25.7 min 13.2 pts 48.5% (32-66) 40.0% 3pt (12-30) 3.5 R 25-14 A/TO 8 Stl 0 Blk
  • Kenyatta Dix G (#14) 20.7 min 8.7 pts 60.0% (21-35) 36.4% 3pt (4-11) 2.5 R 20-10 A/TO 9 Stl 3 Blk


Key Reserves Average more than 10 minutes or 5 pts per contest.

  • Ben Rushing G (#10) 21.3 min 8.0 pts 32.0% (16-50) 34.1% 3pt (14-41) 3.3 R 20-6 A/TO 4 Stl 0 Blk
  • Mike Scott G/F (#3) 22.7 min 7.3 pts 42.9% (18-42) 15.4% 3pt (2-13) 3.7 R 14-9 A/TO 10 Stl 1 Blk
  • Micheal Haney F (#35) 22.5 min 6.3 pts 51.5% 18-33) 0.0% 3pt (0-0) 8.2 R 12-12 A/TO 10 Stl 3 Blk
  • Champ Slaughter F/C (#24) 12.2 min 5.8 pts 60.9% (14-23) 0.0% 3pt (0.0) 2.8 R 0-1 A/TO 4 Stl 2 Blk



Other tidbits...

  • Incredibly, Junior Damian Mcpherson the projected starter at Center for EKU is 6'6 215.
  • Forward Shawn Fields is EKU best player from last season and seems to have picked up where he left off.
  • All EKU players have seen action in 2 or more games this season.
  • The tallest Maroon is 7' 215 lb Sophmore Center Tim Volpenhein. Volpenhein has seen action in 4 game thus far, shooting 61.5% on 8-13 shooting.
  • Starting Guard Matt Witt has been named the Freshman of the Week 3 times so far this season in the OVC



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