Judgment Week

It's judgment week for Louisville (18-10, 9-6). The Cardinals need to win two of their last three games to position for an NCAA Tournament bid. With a pair of road games at UConn and Marquette this week, Louisville has to win at least one of those games to reach their goal.

"It is judgment week," Rick Pitino said. "We dropped 12 spots from that one home loss. That's not good. We have to win two out of three or we're going to have to win some games in the tournament."

Louisville vs. UConn

Louisville plays the first of its final two road games of the regular season as the Cardinals face Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. on Sunday. Louisville, which has won five of its last seven games, fell 60-70 to No. 11/13 Georgetown on Tuesday. Edgar Sosa led the Cardinals with 24 points and a season-high matching eight assists. Connecticut (17-11, 7-8) has won its last three games, including two over top ten opponents: an 84-75 victory at Villanova on Feb. 15 and a 73-62 win over No. 8/7 West Virginia last Monday when Kemba Walker scored 21 points.

About Uconn

Connecticut (17-11, 7-8) has won its last three games, including two over top ten opponents: an 84-75 victory at Villanova on Feb. 15 and an 73-62 win over No. 8/7 West Virginia last Monday.

Connecticut leads the nation in blocked shots (8.1 bpg) and is 13th nationally in field goal percentage defense (.383). Senior guard Jerome Dyson, who has scored 1,549 career points, leads the Huskies in scoring and has produced 20 or more points in 12 games this season (18.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.6 apg). Sophomore guard Kemba Walker is second in the BIG EAST in assists (5.5 pg, 14.1 ppg). Senior forward Stanley Robinson (15.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg), a career 1,000-point scorer, has scored in double digits in 33 straight games. UConn is No. 40 in the ratings percentage index (RPI) and is No. 40 in the Sagarin Ratings through games of Feb. 25.

Louisville's Edgar Sosa and UConn guard Kemba Walker both attended New York's Rice High School. A pair of former head coaches at Holy Cross are assistants on opposing benches: U of L associate coach Ralph Williard compiled a 192-117 record in 10 seasons at his alma mater from 1999-2009; UConn associate head coach George Blaney produced a 357-276 record in 22 seasons at Holy Cross from 1972-94.

Louisville has a 3-5 series record against UConn. Earlier this season, Edgar Sosa scored 15 points and handed out eight assists as U of L beat Connecticut 82-69 in Freedom Hall.

Series vs. Uconn

? Louisville trails the all-time series with Connecticut 3-5, but have won three of the past five meetings between the schools.

? Earlier this year in Freedom Hall, Edgar Sosa scored 15 points and matched a season-high with eight assists as the Cardinals beat Connecticut 82-69 on Feb. 1, 2010. Louisville led by as many as 19 in the second half, leading 68-49 with 13:29 remaining, and UConn came no closer than eight the rest of the game. U of L hit 10 three-point goals from seven different players in the game. Jerome Dyson scored 18 to lead four Huskies in double figures.

? In the first meeting between the two schools, UConn prevailed 71-83 in the third round of the 2000 Maui Invitational (12/22/00).

? U of L Coach Rick Pitino has a 7-10 record vs. Connecticut -- 0-6 while at Boston University, 4-0 while at Providence and 3-4 at Louisville. Pitino's teams have a 12-7 record in games against UConn Coach Jim Calhoun -- 6- 3 while Pitino was at Boston U and Calhoun was at Northeastern; 1-0 while Pitino was at Providence and Calhoun was at Northeastern; 2-0 when Pitino was in his second year at Providence and Calhoun was in his first year at UConn; and 3-4 at Louisville.

Cards Have Been Tough on the Road

Louisville has won more road games in BIG EAST Conference play over the last four seasons than any other league team (23; three this year; eight of nine last season, and six in each of the previous two years). Overall, the Cardinals have a 25-12 record over the last four years on their opponent's home court. Louisville has won 15 of its last 24 on the road, including five against Top 25 ranked opponents. Louisville was 8-1 in away games during the 2008-09.

Card File

Samardo Samuels needs 17 points for 900 in his career ... Louisville scored just three points over the first 10:20 of the second half against Georgetown, turning a 35-29 Cardinal lead at halftime to a 38-53 deficit. U of L made just 1-of-9 shots during Georgetown's 24-3 run, missing four layups and committing four turnovers in that stretch ... Terrence Jennings grabbed a career-high nine rebounds, matched a career-best four blocked shots and scored nine points against DePaul. His nine points were his most in 16 games ... U of L's defensive efforts limited DePaul's Will Walker -- the Blue Demons' leading scorer averaging 16.8 ppg -- to a season-low six points on 2- of-14 shooting from the field ... The Cardinals had 18 assists on its 25 field goals at DePaul, the 12th time this season U of L has had 16 or more assists. Louisville is sixth in the BIG EAST and 33rd nationally in assists, averaging 15.3 per game ... Jared Swopshire tied a a career-best with five assists against DePaul, adding five points, seven rebounds and two steals -- his third game with multiple steals this season ... Louisville has made 71.8 percent of its free throws over its last seven games. Five Cardinals are above 70 percent at the line during that stretch: Rakeem Buckles, 1.000 (9-9); Preston Knowles, .875 (7-8); Jared Swopshire, .833 (10-12); Edgar Sosa, .769, (20-26); and Jerry Smith, .750 (15-20) ... Kyle Kuric scored all seven of his points at DePaul in the first half. It was his most points in 15 games ... The Cardinals have trailed at some point in every BIG EAST game except against Connecticut and Rutgers in Freedom Hall. Against Notre Dame, there were 17 ties and 21 lead changes in the Cards' double overtime victory ... With three more starts, Jerry Smith will move into the career top ten in U of L starts. He has opened in 107 games entering Sunday's game at Connecticut ... Edgar Sosa passed the 1,300 scoring mark for his career with 24 points against Georgetown. He is currently 29th in career scoring at U of L. Sosa moved into the top ten in career games played at U of L (135 currently) when he took the court against Georgetown.

-- UofL Sports Information


Cardinal Authority Top Stories