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Louisville vs. DePaul: Game Preview

The #9 Louisville Cardinals (12-1, 4-0) face the Depaul Blue Demons (10-4, 2-1) Wednesday night in Freedom Hall. The Cards will put their 11 game winning streak on line for a 7:30 tipoff. The game will be televised live on WDRB. <body> <p><b><font size="1"><a href="http://louisville.TheInsiders.com/2/89057.html">(Pitino press conference)</a></font></b></p> </body>

GAME FACTS 

 

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Time: 7:30pm

Site: Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY

Television:  Fox 41 (WDRB in Louisville)

Radio:  WHAS (840 AM) - (Internet game broadcast)

Series History:  Louisville Leads 27-19 (16-6 at home, 11-11 at Depaul, 0-2 Neutral)

Last Meeting:  C-USA Regular season, February 12, 2002. Louisville won 76-72 in Chicago.

National Rankings:  Unranked AP, Unranked USA Today/ESPN; Louisville is 9th AP, 14th USA Today/ESPN

Significant injuries - DePaul - None U of L – None 

Results of the Cards and Demons last 5 games

Cards last 5 Games
 Date Opponent Result
 Sat, Jan 4 at Ohio State W 72-64
 Wed, Jan 8 at Charlotte W 80-59
 Sat, Jan 11 Saint Louis W 73-54
 Thu, Jan 16 at East Carolina W 87-70
 Sat, Jan 18 TCU W 87-74

Blue Demons last 5 Games
 Date Opponent Result
 Thu, Jan 2 Loyola (IL) W 95-74
 Wed, Jan 8 at Cincinnati L 56-64
 Sat, Jan 11 UNLV L 70-75
 Tue, Jan 14 TCU W 71-65
 Sun, Jan 19 East Carolina W 55-42

Louisville vs. DePaul Statistical Comparison

Stats Louisville Depaul
PPG 85.2 70.5
FG% .490 .452
3FG% .376 .371
FT% .735 .725
RPG 39.2 37.1
APG 18.4 14.9
TPG 14.9 14.9
BPG 5.5 2.1
Opp. FG% .389 .390
Opp. 3FG% .281 .269
Opp. RPG .33.9 30.6
Opp. PPG 65.7 61.5

 

 

 

DePaul Blue Demon's Vital Stats

Coach: Name. Dave Leitao 10-4 in his first year at Depaul.

2001-02 record: 9-19 (2-14 in C-USA)

2002-03 record: 10-4(2-1 in the C-USA). 3 of 4 losses came on the road at Notre Dame, St. Joseph's and Cincinnati. Only home loss was to UNLV 

Probable Starters for DePaul

Drake Diener #33  (6'5, G, So  28.3 min 7.7 ppg 2.5 rpg)

Joe Tulley #12  (6'2, G, Sr  10.6 ppg 3.8 rpg)

Delonte Holland #5  (6'6, F, Jr  28.3 min 14.7 ppg 4.5 rpg)

Quemont Greer #45  (6'7, F, So  24.5 min 10.2 ppg 5.6 rpg)

Sam Hoskin # 25  (6'9, F, Sr  28.5 min 14.5 ppg 7.5 rpg)

Key Reserves Average more than 10 minutes and 5 ppg

Andre Brown #4  (6'9  F, Jr  24.4 min 8.1 ppg 7.6 rpg) 

So you think your a Cardinal Fan?  Well take the Pop quiz and see how much you know! 

Books down and pencils ready? Here we go. 

Describe in your own words what these numbers signify and their importance to a 12-1 start by Louisville. 

  1. 289-742=38.9%
  2. 66-235=28.1%
  3. 85.2-65.7
  4. 499-593-15=1107 and 397-450-7=854
  5. 6 and 2.

Pencils down! Pass your papers to the front of the class please. 

So how'd you do? 

Many Louisville fans know these numbers better than they know themselves. But for the sake of argument and to educate out less knowledgeable fans out there, here are the answers.

  1. Overall Shooting Percentage the tight Louisville defense is allowing opposing teams on the season. 38% against ECU in Greensville. 39% from TCU at Freedom Hall. Season's extremes have come from Seton Hall at 48% and Ohio State at 30%. The Cards relentless defense and dominant work on the defensive glass is arguably the number one reason the Cards are in the top 10 this week. TCU skipper Neil Dougherty complimented the Cards after their loss on Saturday "(Pitino's) team defensively is what every coach is trying to get to.  Whatever he's doing, however he's doing it, I think it could be a model plan on defense.  It's very good.  You have to do a lot of things to break it down, and that's very easy to say but difficult to do."
  2. 3pt Shooting percentage that the Louisville's perimeter defense is allowing on the season. Amazing that the Cards stingy defense held both Seton Hall and Kentucky to 16.7%, TCU to 15.4% and Charlotte to an incredible 11.8%! Ironically, the season high best to date was shot by former UK player turned coach John Pelphrey's South Alabama team at 42.9%
  3. Average scoring by Louisville and their opponent. Season high of 104 came against another former UK player turned coach Travis Ford's Eastern Kentucky bunch only to be matched two games later against Furman. Louisville's lowest scoring game came during the season opener against Air Force (65). Louisville held Saint Louis to a season low 54 while Purdue, who has handed Louisville their only defeat early in the season has scored the most against the Cardinal defense with 86 points.
  4. Points by half. The Cardinals conditioning takes its toll in the second half of games as Pitino throws fresh bodies at you relentlessly causing weak bench teams to fatigue early and stay fatigued. Louisville has been outscored in only twice this season (ECU 44-42 and TCU 43-40) Nailed the coffin shut on UK after the break scoring 21 more points in the second frame (51-30).
  5. 6 Different players in the Cardinal rotation that have led the team in scoring this season (Gaines 4, Stone 5, Whitehead 1, Brown 1, Dean 1, Northern 1) 2 of which came off the bench to do it (Dean at ECU, Northern at Ohio State)

Now the hungry Louisville Cards bring it home again for their Wednesday night match up against UofL's conference whipping boy, the DePaul Blue Demons. 

Fortunately for DePaul fans Pat Kennedy is gone and this DePaul squad is playing better for it. Gone are the days where the Blue Demons are stacked with talent but lack in the areas that only a quality coach can provide. Teamwork and hustle are a couple that come to mind. Neither of which are lacking in first year coach Dave Leitao's Demon squad.  

Pre-season All conference Andre Brown, gaining momentum after recovering from an pre-season injury comes off the DePaul bench and leads the team rebounds. Senior Sam Hoskins is the man to stop on the offensive end as he leads the team in both minutes played (30.5) and points at 14.6. Junior Delonte Holland is the only other Blue Demon to average double digits (12.6 ppg on 24.5 min). 

Scott's ITV Keys to the Game

Neutralize Sam Hoskins and Delonte Holland. Keep Hoskins off the charity stripe as he is hitting 78.5% on 62-79 freebees. The Cards must keep Andre Brown, Hoskins and Quemont Greer off the glass as they are averaging over half the DePaul rebounds. Louisville's guards will need to apply constant pressure to Drake Diener on defense as he is the assist leader for the Demons and makes their offense go.  Look for Louisville to exploit Diener on the offensive end as he's often  slow to recover and consistently gets beat off the dribble.

Scott's Prediction

The Cards, unlike the poorly scheduled game against TCU, will be rested and ready for this game. DePaul will show Louisville fans that they are improved by starting out strong in the Hall. Louisville will trail early before gaining momentum after realizing Pat Kennedy is gone and the Blue Demons are no longer going to roll over and play dead. Look for the Cards to win 85-75 for their 12 straight victory.  Dartez will come back hungry from attending to family business at home and record his first career double/double off the bench.

Tidbits

  • Reserve guard Marlon London is a transfer from Kansas
  • DePaul small forward Delonte Holland was a teammate of Louisville forward Kendall Dartez at Vincennes C.C. last season.

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