Seniors, Clark look to go out in style vs SHU

No. 6 Louisville (23-5, 14-2) will say farewell to seniors Andre McGee, Terrence Williams and Will Scott, and junior Earl Clark Wednesday night against Seton Hall (15-13, 6-10).

The Cardinals have won five straight games - 15 of their last 17 - heading into Wednesday's 7 p.m. contest against the Pirates.

Besides an emotional senior night in Freedom Hall, Louisville has a lot riding on the line against Seton Hall - a team that has lost four of its last five, including a setback against Pittsburgh last weekend.

With just two games remaining, Louisville is trying to win it's first-ever Big East title. At 14-2, the Cardinals are currently 1/2 game behind UConn (15-2) in the league standings. While UofL still must travel to West Virginia on Saturday, the Huskies have just one remaining game at Pittsburgh.

If Louisville wins its final two and UConn falls for a second time to Pittsburgh, the Cardinals would win the Big East regular-season championship outright - locking up the No. 1 seed in next week's Big East Tournament in New York.

If both teams win their remaining games, Louisville and UConn would share the regular-season crown but the Huskies would receive the top-seed in the Big East Tournament by virtue of their 69-51 win over the Cardinals last month.

Senior Night pregame ceremony will begin around 6:45 p.m. ET and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by that time for the video presentation and live ceremony for the seniors. Louisville has won its last seven straight Senior Day games.


Superlatives McGee is a team co-captain with Terrence Williams this season. He has started 49 of 118 career games and scored 618 career points. McGee has made 131 career three-pointers while dishing 213 career assists. McGee also boasts 108 career steals.


Andre McGee

Andre McGee "This is a demanding place. Some guys couldn't cut it but I'm glad I decided to stay. It's a special place. It was a big adjustment but the people are great. The fans showed me a lot of love. I just want fans to remember me as the little gutsy guy who was always ready to play hard and ready to scrap and put it all on the court every game – a blue collar guy who played with his heart."

Rick Pitino on McGee "Andre is having a great senior year. He is the unsung hero of our basketball team. He is the one who applies all the pressure; who takes the other team off their offense. He is the one who forces the opposition against the shot clock. He is the unsung hero by far. Andre has been fun to coach for four years. He has had the same disposition - upbeat and positive the entire way. "

Legacy McGee will be remembered as one of the most relentless full-court defenders in modern Louisville history. His team-first attitude and out-going personality have made him a fan favorite.


Superlatives Williams is one of just eight players in Louisville history with more than 1,400 points and 800 rebounds. Williams currently ranks 21st on the all-time UofL scoring list. Williams ranks fifth in career three-point goals with 175; ranks fourth in career assists with 493; and ranks sixth in career steals (183). Williams is one of 30 finalists for the John R. Wooden award, presented to the nation's basketball player of the year.


Terrence Williams

Terrence Williams "When you think of the program you think of Darrell Griffith, Wes Unseld, Francisco Garcia, Dejuan Wheat – you think of all these players," Williams said. "Kids say my name because they don't know the guys that came before –so if the older guys when I'm gone mention those guys names, take two breathes and then mention my name I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish at the University of Louisville."

Rick Pitino on Williams "T-Will has grown as a player and also as person. T-Will has grown into a wonderful person. His basketball game has caught up with his athleticism. That is what college is supposed to do, but it does not always work out that way. It is supposed to be wonderful and you are supposed to learn the facts of life and he has. He came in a little surly and a little moody at times. We sat down in meetings and talked about if you do not have fun in the game it is not worth playing. If that is the way you treat every basketball game, every situation, every interview, every discussion then you are always going to win the game away from the lines. That is where he has made tremendous strides in the last few years. He did not want to talk; he did not want to do those things. Now you cannot get him to be quiet."

Legacy Williams will go down as one of the most intriguing – and entertaining - UofL basketball players of all-time. Blessed with big-time personality and athleticism, T-Will is also one of the best all-around players in Louisville history.


Superlatives Louisville senior guard Will Scott has been accepted to study at Oxford University in Oxford, England. Scott will be pursuing a master's degree in Modern Chinese Studies, a program which will prepare him for a possible position in diplomacy or business relations with China. Only 15 people in the world are accepted into the program annually for the rare opportunity. Scott has scored in 10 of his 17 appearances this season.


Will Scott

Will Scott "I have a melancholy feeling. It hasn't really hit me yet. The fact that I'm not going to be playing organized basketball anymore really hasn't sunk in yet. When I came here I didn't know what to expect but the place has been amazing. I think we have the best fans in the country. They're very supportive of us not just as basketball players but as people."

Rick Pitino on Scott "Will (Scott) is so selfless and always positive. He has the best personality every single night. He is positive and always upbeat whether he plays one second or all game. He always has the same personality. He helps everyone academically. He is a like a tutor to everybody. He has been a joy to be around for the time he has been here."

Legacy Scott will likely be the only Louisville player ever invited to study at Oxford University.


Superlatives Clark leads Louisville is scoring (13.3) and rebounding (8.7) and is second on the team in assists (3.3). He ranks seventh in rebounding in the Big East. Clark was the MVP of the Marques Maybin Classic and a member of the Billy Minardi Classic all-tournament team. Clark helped lead the Cardinals to the 2007-08 NCAA Elite Eight, averaging a team-leading 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds while hitting 62.2 percent of his shots in four games.


Earl Clark

Earl Clark "I'm not a senior but it feels like it's gone quick. I didn't really want to be a part of it because being a senior is an honor and I felt T-Will and those guys paid their dues and I was just in the way. The coaches told me I should do it because it's my last game and I want to say good-bye to the fans. I learned a lot of things being here."

Rick Pitino on Clark "Earl Clark is extremely motivated – obviously he's doing this to be a great pro as well as to help us win. They (NBA scouts) would be extremely impressed with Earl Clark - the fact that he was able to break people down. That's what he can do – he can create shots for other people."

Legacy Clark will become one of just a handful of Louisville players to leave early for the pros, joining Clifford Rozier, Samaki Walker and Francisco Garcia. He'll be remembered as one of the most versatile - and talented - forwards in the program's history, albeit a low-key one.


Final Verdict
Williams and McGee are the only two remaining players from Louisville's 2005 recruiting – a class also included Amir Johnson, Bryan Harvey, Jonathan Huffman, Clarence Holloway, and Chad Millard. Scott transferred from Cornell and Clark, a former McDonald's All-American, was a member of the Cardinals 2006 recruiting haul. Louisville's senior class has won 95 games over the last four seasons (95-37, .718).

"I think they are very bright people, they both understand the game," Pitino said of McGee and Williams. "These two guys are so smart as well as being such hard workers. They are good leaders. They are both consistent in practice and in the game. All three seniors bring us a lot to the table. They have meant a lot to this program in so many different ways."


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