Louisville vs. Southern Miss: Game Preview

The #8 Louisville Cardinals (14-1, 5-0) take their 13 game winning streak on the road to face Southern Miss (9-7, 2-3) Wednesday night at 8:00. The game will be televised live on WDRB.

GAME FACTS 

Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Time:  8:00pm

Site:  Green Coliseum – Hattiesburg, Mississippi (8,095)

Television: Fox 41 (WDRB in Louisville)

Radio:  WHAS (840 AM)

Series History:  Louisville Leads 27-11 (17-3 at home, 708 in Hattiesburg, 3-0 Neutral)

Last Meeting:  C-USA regular season, January 21, 2001. Louisville lost 69-60 in Hattiesburg.

National Rankings: Unranked AP, Unranked USA Today/ESPN; Louisville is 8h AP, 8th Coaches poll.

So. Miss is 9-7 this season (2-3 in C-USA. Since beating Memphis on 1/11, the Cougars have dropped 3 straight in the conference to South Fla, UAB and Houston at home on 1/25) 8-1 in Hattiesburg. 0-5 on the Road (OOC losses include a near miss at Iowa 63-65, Western Ky 54-64 Auburn 46-92)

Significant injuries - Southern Miss - None U of L – None 

 

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

Louisville Cardinals (13-1, 5-0)
Pos No. Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
  Hometown  
PPG
RPG
APG
F 2 Ellis Myles 6-8 235 Jr. Compton, Calif.
7.5
8.3
2.0
F 33 Erik Brown 6-5 205 Sr. Lexington, Ky.
6.8
2.6
1.2
C 21 Marvin Stone 6-10 240 Sr. Huntsville, Ala.
13.4
8.3
1.8
G 5 Taquan Dean 6-3 175 Fr. Neptune, N.J.
8.7
2.3
1.7
G 22 Reece Gaines 6-6 205 Sr. Madison, Wis.
18.4
2.3
4.7
Southern Mississippi (9-7, 2-3)
Pos No . Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
Hometown
PPG
RPG
APG
G 34 Clement Carter 6-5 220 Jr. LaPlace, La.
5.2
4.3
1.1
G 32 Greg Johnson 6-1 180 So. Roswell, Ga.
13.2
4.8
0.8
F 41 Charles Gaines 6-7 225 Jr. Houston, Tx.
14.9
10.3
1.0
G 5 Dante Stiggers 6-2 165 So. Houston, Tx. 5.9
1.9
4.6
F 21 Mario Myles 6-5 190 Sr. Jackson
6.0
3.5
1.4


STATISTICAL COMPARISON

Louisville
Statistical Category

Southern Miss

83.3
Points
68.1
65.4
Opponent Points
68.7
+18.9
Scoring Margin
-0.6
.484
FG %
.418
.389
Opponent FG %
.442
.367
3PT FG %
.247
.277
Opponent 3PT FG %
.305
.732
Free Throw %
.689
38.1
Rebounds
39
34.5
Opponent Rebounds
34.4
+3.7
Rebounding Margin
+4.6
17.8
Assists
12.8
14.4
Turnovers
16.7
5.5
Blocks
4

7.1

Steals

7


Cards last 5 games
 Date Opponent Result
 Sat, Jan 11 Saint Louis W 73-54
 Thu, Jan 16 at East Carolina W 87-70
 Sat, Jan 18 TCU W 87-74
 Wed, Jan 22 DePaul W 71-43
 Sat, Jan 25 at Tennessee W 72-69
Golden Eagles last 5 games
 Date Opponent Result
 Wed, Jan 8 TCU W 72-64
 Sat, Jan 11 Memphis W 84-67
 Tue, Jan 14 at South Florida L 65-74
 Sat, Jan 18 at UAB L 71-84
 Sat, Jan 25 Houston L 75-76

SCOTT'S TAKE

Having fun yet?  

Card fans across Planet Red have longed for a season such as this. A longing that began in the late 1980's and grew to matured during the late 1990's. A longing that spawned from lackadaisical efforts both on and off the court from players and coaches alike, recruiting violations, player suspensions, etc.  Cardinal fans need not fret any longer, because Coach Pitino's teams is playing with tenacity that is "Off the charts".  On Planet Red these days, we use words like, "Beautiful" and "incredible,"  to describe the state of our beloved program.

Say good bye to the Cardiac Cards and welcome the "Never say die Cards.

Yes, I saw the Tennessee game; boy did I see the Tennessee game.  

Here's the scene. 

Knoxville:   56 seconds remain. I'm surrounded by thousands of my vocal Cardinal brethren. We cheered until heads ached; our voices were gone and hands raw and throbbing from the near non-stop clapping. Completely oblivious to the world outside the cavernous Thompson-Boling Arena, we had watched the Cards fight tooth and nail against poor shooting, shaky foul calling and not to mention the Tennessee team for 39 minutes and 4 seconds. What feeling I had surrounded by friends (both old and new) down by a few in hostile territory after a long but thoroughly enjoyable bus trip down. A feeling I have never experienced as a Louisville Cardinal fan when a game is on the line. Total calmness. 

It started with Eric Brown and Kendall Dartez's late game free throws. Throw in the back-to-back series where Marvin Stone went to war on the offensive glass putting back his own misses not once, but twice. Even in the midst of his shooting slump, I was content to watch Taquan Dean jack up and drain his only trey of the game. That calm peaked as I watched Dartez with a morticians demeanor stick a jumper off a super slick Reece Gaines pass in what turned into the game sealer for the Cards. A shot the Cecila, La. native hits all the time in practice, so why not in the last minute on the road? The result, bottom of the net.   No celebration, no hugs or high fives, it was not over and the Cards knew it. I felt refreshed, as Gaines and his Cards wanted road win #5 in a bad way.  

Road game number six takes the Cards to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to play a rebuilding Southern Miss team. Led by Charles Gaines and Greg Johnson, Coach James Green is rebuilding what was once a solid team in C-USA. Though only 6'7, true freshman Gaines starts at the 5 and leads the Eagles in points per game (14.4), FG % (54.7%), rebounds per game (9.7, 3rd in C-USA) and free throws shot (106) but struggles with the rock as he has only had 7 assist to go with his 27 fumbles. Junior Greg Johnson has taken an astounding 77 more shots on the season than the next player (C. Gaines) but is shooting a putrid 38.8% from the floor (88-227, with only 25% coming from the arc 14-57 for 24.6%). The Eagle's get use from their bench as every player on the roster has seen action for at least 10 minutes of 12 of the 16 Southern Miss games this year. 

SCOTT'S ITV KEYS TO THE GAME

Pretty much a one-horse team with Southern Miss. Freshman Charles Gaines is the player to watch. The frontcourt of Louisville must box Gaines out while pressuring him with the ball in his hands as he is susceptible to turnover. The Cardinal big men can't lose track of the freshman and help from the backcourt is necessary as he has some fairly developed posts moves for a rookie. The Eagles may be hungry after dropping three straight conference battles since beating Memphis in mid January. However they are small and shoot poorly from the the field (41%); USM will attack the post with Gaines and are unreliable in reserve. Bottom line? Run and run some more. Keep Gaines off the glass and stop him in the post; don't foul him either as he gets to the charity stripe often. The Cards must force them to try and beat them with the outside jumper. Avoid the fouls in general, Southern Miss is a fair shooting free throw team (68.9%) and keep the defensive pressure on, as the Eagles assist to turnovers is 204-267.

SCOTT'S PREDICTION

The Cards will roll in Hattiesburg to go undefeated in the month of January 88-60.  The Cards will deliver the knockout blow by the 7 minute mark and coast to victory.  Kendall Dartez will continue his rise with another sparkling all-around game in reserve for an ailing Ellis Myles.

TIDBITS

Southern Miss is 8-1 at home this season

Southern Miss lost to Iowa 65-63 in December on the road

The Cards have won 13 games in a row since losing 86-84 to Purdue in November and are 5-0 on the road this season

 


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