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Louisville vs. Charlotte: Game Preview

The #19 Louisville Cardinals take to the road Wednesday night to face the 5-6 Charlotte 49ers in Halton Arena in the Cards opening game of C-USA play. The game will be televised live at 7:30 p.m. on WDRB TV. <body> <p><b><a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/teams/laq/"><font size="2">(Internet Broadcast)</font></a></b></p> </body>


Date: Saturday, January 8, 2003
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Site: Halton Arena, Charlotte NC (9,105)
Television: WDRB
Don Russell, play-by-play;
Bob Valvano, analyst;
Radio: WHAS (840 AM)
Series History: Charlotte has a 14-13 advantage in the series (5-8 in Louisville, 6-5 in Charlotte, 3-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: Freedom Hall UL 90, UNCC 88 (3/2/02)
National Rankings: unranked AP, unranked USA Today/ESPN; Louisville is 19th AP, 25th USA Today/ESPN
Significant injuries - UNCC-6'8 Center-Calvin Clemmons, OUT (knee) U of L - None

Charlotte's 2002-03 averages (UL OPP – Opponent)

  • 73.5 PPG – 72.5 PPG

  • 41.0% FG (279-680) – 45.0% FG (286-635)

  • 33.9% FG 3 pt (99-292) – 38.6% FG 3 pt (103-267)

  • 37.5 Reb – 37.7Reb

  • A/T 15.3-14.6 – A/T 13.3-18.0

  • Steals 10.3-5.0

  • Blocks 2.8-3.2

  • Coach: Name. Bobby Lutz 85-56 in his fifth year at UNCC. 266-147 in 13 years.

  • 2001-02 record: 18-12(14-2 in C-USA)Home: 11-3 Away: 6-7, Neutral: 1-2. Season ended in a drubbing at the hands of Notre Dame 82-63 in first round of NCAA Tourney's South Region.

  • 2002-03 record: 5-6(0-0 in the C-USA)Home: 5-2, Away: 0-4, Neutral: 0-0. The Niners only two home court loses came at the hands of COLORADO 74-76 and UL-LAFAYETTE 68-47 the very next day. UNCC has however beaten a decent MIAMI team 69-65 at UNCC. Road games include an OT loss to APPALACHIAN STATE 100-103 in OT in late November and hard fought 70-60 loss to INDIANA at Assembly Hall this past Saturday.

Probable Starters

  • JR.  Demon Brown #11 6'1 G (29.0 min 16.9 ppg 2.5 rpg)

  • SR.  Curtis Nash #01 6'6, G (25.5 min 7.9 ppg 2.6 rpg)

  • JR.   Kevin "Butter" Johnson #00  6'8 F (27.7 min 10.5 ppg 5.4 rpg)

  • SO.  Eddie Basden #13  6'5, F (24.6 min 4.8 ppg 6.4 rpg)

  • JR.  Tory Reed #55  6'8, C (19.1 min 3.6 ppg 3.9 rpg)

Key Reserves Average more than 10 minutes

  • FR.  Curtis Withers #03  6'8, F (24.4 min 9.2 ppg 5.8 rpg)

  • SO.  Chris Sagar #21 6'4, G (15.5 min 8.5 ppg 1.7 rpg)

  • FR.  Vincent Greer #15  6'6, G/F (17.7 min 5.7 ppg 3.5 rpg)

Key player lost

  • Jobey Thomas, C-USA career leading 3 point artist (346). Only Cincy's Steve Logan came close at 247. While perenial game killer and seemingly perpetual senior Diego Guevara is next at 235.

Scott's Take


After a shaky (to say the least) first half against the Buckeyes of Ohio State, last years leaders Bryant Northern, Reece Gaines, Ellis Myles, Eric Brown, Luke Whitehead and new face Kendall Dartez stepped up to the plate and showed the nation that under adverse conditions, these Cards won't quit.

Early on, things looked eerily similar to U of L's only loss against Purdue as the young Cards where harassed, bullied, and pushed around the entire first half. The Cards transformed rock on the block and Louisville's leading rebounder, 6'8 PF Ellis Myles temporarily reverted to his long forgotten self and was goaded into a technical foul by OSU's trash talking Zach Williams. Kentucky transfer Marvin Stone was quickly reminded how tough it is on the road, and previously unrattled freshmen Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean were subjected to the ire of 19,000 screaming fans on a Big Ten floor, and it showed. Welcome to division one basketball fellas.

Through pure desire to prove that the blowout of Kentucky and the solid road win against Seton Hall two weeks earlier were not flukes, Pitino's sophomore effort found new offensive life at the end of the first frame and eventually rallied to a 72-64 win against an OSU squad that had yet to taste defeat at home and whose three losses this season came from teams ranked 1,2, 3 in last weeks AP Poll (

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