Louisville vs. Furman: Game Preview

Louisville takes on Furman today at 2:00. Tune up for UK next Saturday.

02-03 averages (Furman Paladins– Opponent)
  • Coach: Larry Davis. 6th Season (67-90 to date)
  • 2001-02 Record was 17-14 (7-9 in the Southern Conference, 4-7 away, 6-7 home, neutral 2-4)
  • 2002-03 Record to date is 5-6 (3-1 home, 0-4 away, 2-1 neutral) Lost big games to Notre Dame and Memphis.


Pre-season Outlook

The Furman Paladins men's basketball team has been picked by Southern Conference head coaches to win the league's south division. Furman, which posted a 17-14 record and finished as Southern Conference Tournament runner-up last year, returns three starters and nine lettermen this year, including guard Guilherme Da Luz and forward Karim Souchu, who were both named to the coaches 10-man preseason all-conference team.

Da Luz, a senior, led the Southern Conference with 206 assists and averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year. Souchu, meanwhile, averaged a team leading 14.8 points per game and heads into his final season with 1,417 points, good for 17th on Furman's all-time chart.

Lettermen Lost
Paul Foster (6-1, G, 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Anthony Thomas (6-4, G/F, 14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Lettermen Returning
Ryan Chancler (6-0, G, Sr., 3.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg)
Guilherme Da Luz (6-3, G, Sr., 11.7 ppg, 206 assists, All-SoCon)
Paco Gonzalez (6-6, F/C, So., 5.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Maleye Ndoye (6-8, F, Jr., 6.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Marijan Pojatina (6-11, C, Jr., 1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg)
Cedrick Price (6-9, C, So., 0.8 ppg, 0.8 rpg)
Nick Sanders (6-7, F, So., 2.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
Karim Souchu (6-6, F, Sr., 14.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, All-SoCon)
Kenny Zeigler (6-5, F, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

Starters Lost
Paul Foster (6-1, G, 2.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Anthony Thomas (6-4, G/F, 14.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Starters Returning
Guilherme Da Luz (6-3, G, Sr., 11.7 ppg, 206 assists, All-SoCon)
Paco Gonzalez (6-6, F/C, So., 5.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
Kenny Zeigler (6-5, F, Sr., 10.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

Probable Starters
  • Karim Souchu #43 (6-6, F, 28.0 min 17.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
  • Guilherme Da Luz #11 (6-3, G, 35.0 min 11.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
  • Kenny Zeigler #01 (6-5, F, 26.9 min 8.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
  • Maleye Ndoye #5 (6-8, F, 24.0 min 7.5 ppg, 4.1
  • Paco Gonzalez (6-6, F/C, 20.2 min 6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg)


Key Reserves Average more than 10 minutes or 5 pts per contest.
  • Jason Patterson (6-4, G/F, R-Fr. 15.8 min 5.4 ppg 1.7 rpg) Started 3 games this year
  • Tony Carter (6-0, G, Fr 22.7 min 4.1 ppg 4.1 ppg 3.2 rpg) Started 4 games this year
  • Marijan Pojatina (6-11, C Jr 10.3 min 3.5 ppg 1.6 rpg) Started 3 games this year
  • Nick Sanders (6-7, F, So 20.3 min 3.2 ppg 3.5 rpg)


Other tidbits...

  • Furman's first season of play was 1908-09 and have since compiled a 996-1104 record
  • The Paladins have been to 7 NCAA tournaments but have suffered 22 year draught as their last appearence came in 1980.
  • Last post-season appearance of any kind was the 1990-91 NIT.
  • Only one other Paladin has seen action in 5 or more games.
  • Againest the Cards, the Paladins are 0-3 (0-1 at home 0-2 at UofL) with the first meeting coming in 1959 and the last ten years later in '69.
  • Furmans current RPI rank is 222 (.4530) and their SOS is 123 (.5207) as compared to UofL's ranking of 14 (.6517) and 48 (.5911), repectively. Furman's RPI season projection to date is 14-15 with a final RPI ranking of 162 (.4980) with an SOS of 150 (.5031) as compared to UofL's RPI season projection of 28-2 with a final RPI rank of 3 (.6789) and 13 (.5941) respectively. Thanks to Kelly Dickey (Cardgame) for these stats See Cardgames stats page for more teams information.
  • A Paladin is mounted....er, uh.. Its a knight on horseback.

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