Louisville has won three straight games since getting blown out 90-57 at Notre Dame on Feb. 12. The Cardinals have shown significant strides on offense, scoring over 90 points in two of their last three games. Louisville was also hot from three-point range in wins over DePaul, Providence and Cincinnati last week averaging 11.7 three-pointers per game.
"Since (Notre Dame) we've had a different approach and attitude – blue-collar approach and working hard," senior guard Andre McGee said.
Monday night, Louisville will make a quick turnaround from their win over the Bearcats against a struggling Georgetown team that fell 78-72 Saturday at home to Marquette. The Hoyas have lost eight of their last ten games, including overtime setbacks against Cincinnati and Rutgers.
"It's tough but it's the hand we were dealt," McGee said of Louisville's quick turnaround. "With little time to prepare it does get tough but it's just another obstacle we have to get over. There's nothing we can do about it. We have to get it done and get wins so we can't let fatigue be an excuse."
Though Georgetown has struggled to get wins recently, the Hoyas still have plenty of talent. Junior forward DeJuan Summers leads four Hoya players averaging double-figure scoring at 14 points per game. 6-9 center Greg Monroe is one of the top freshmen in the Big East and averages 13 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds.
Despite their record, Georgetown ranks among the nation's best teams with a No. 29 Sagarin Rating. The Hoyas are ranked No. 37 in the RPI.
"I think everybody is understanding that time is running out," said McGee. "It's time now for everyone to step their game up if we're going to be a good team and make our run for a Big East championship or for a great seed. It starts now. There is no time to waste."
Louisville and Georgetown played twice last season with each winning on their home court. Louisville beat the Hoyas 59-51 in Freedom Hall while Georgetown nipped the Cardinals 55-52 at the Verizon Center in the final game of the regular-season which decided the regular-season Big East championship.
Monday night's game is slated to tip-off at 7 pm and will be televised on ESPN.
Louisville has won more road games in Big East Conference play over the last three seasons than any other league team (18; six in each of the last two years and six of seven this season). Overall, the Cardinals have an 18-6 record over the last three years on their opponent's home court. Louisville has won 10 of its last 12 on the road, including five against Top 25 ranked opponents. Louisville is 6-1 in away games this season.
U of L has won 17 of its last 19 games during the month of February dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Louisville's 38-27 rebounding advantage over Cincinnati was its second double-digit margin in three games (also 43-31 over DePaul).