Stone back to face DePaul

The #15 Louisville Cardinals (20-5, 10-4) will have Marvin Stone back in the line up tonight when they face the DePaul Blue Demons (14-11, 6-8) in Chicago. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 and will be televised live on WDRB.

Stone back to face Blue Demons

Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2003
Time: 8:30 pm
Site: Rosemont Horizon
Television: WDRB
Radio: WHAS (840 AM)
Last Meeting:  Louisville won 71-43, January 22 in Louisville
National Rankings:
   DEPAUL               Not Ranked
   LOUISVILLE       15th AP, 15th USA Today/ ESPN
Significant injuries: Depaul - None  U of L - Ellis Myles (Out)

Certainly the big story surrounding tonight's game at DePaul is the reinstatement of center Marvin Stone to the Cardinals line up.  After two weeks of NCAA distractions concerning Stone's amateur status, the Cards hope to put that episode behind them and focus on getting ready for the upcoming C-USA and NCAA Tournaments.  Stone's presence should answer some of the Cards questions inside and on the boards, particularly with the season ending knee injury to forward Ellis Myles.

When Louisville and DePaul first met in Freedom Hall the Cardinals struggled on offensive early but ultimately the Blue Demons (14-11, 6-8 in C-USA) were thoroughly demoralized in a game that saw an 8 point Louisville halftime lead at 31-23 swell to a final 34 point blowout win, 71-43. Despite being out rebounded 36-33, the Cardinals defense dug in to hold DePaul to 34 percent shooting and forced 17 turnovers for their 12th straight victory on the season and 13th straight over the Blue Demons. 

The Cardinals (20-5, 10-4 in C-USA) won their 20th game of the season for the first time since Dejuan Wheat led the Cards to the NCAA Elite Eight in 1996-97 Saturday against ECU.  The win ended a tough three game losing streak for the Cards.  Meanwhile, Depaul enters the game looking to end its own three game losing streak. The Blue Demons also hope to exact a measure of revenge from it's loss earlier this season in Freedom Hall, as the Cards pulled away by shooting 61.5 percent from the field in the second half.  However,  it was Pitino's halftime talk about defense in that game that got the Cardinals' attention.

"In the first half we were getting a little careless," forward Francisco Garcia said. "Coach said at halftime, `We have to get after it. We've got to dig in a little more and get after it.' We did that." Garcia had half of Louisville's eight blocks. The Cardinals converted DePaul's turnovers into 19 points as opposed to only 4 point converts for Depaul.

Louisville's deep bench also took a toll on the Blue Demons, as the Cards reserves contributed 25 points and kept up the defensive intensity the entire game.

"They come at you in waves offensively and defensively," DePaul coach Dave Leitao said of  Louisville. "You have a team like that, you can go a long, long way." Indeed you could if you can stay healthy and keep the NCAA from breathing down your neck at every turn. Luxuries that suddenly are no longer part of the program. Louisville is in the midst of remaking itself at season's end.

DePaul's leading scorer, center Sam Hoskin, was held scoreless in the January 22nd meeting, but the complexion of this game has changed dramatically and the Louisville staff has been forced to find a way to fill the void left by Myles injury in the paint. Myles, the team's best rebounder, was sidelined for the season last week after undergoing knee surgery to repair a ruptured pattelar tendon suffered against Marquette last week.  Myles absence on the board tonight in Chicago is sure to be a factor in the game's outcome.   With Myles out for the season, the Cards will need big efforts from Kendall Dartez, Otis George and Luke Whitehead to compete against Hoskin, Andre Brown and Quemont Greer on the boards.

ITV Keys to the Game

Without Myles in the line up, the Cards must adapt and find a new way to attack its opponent.  And to do that they'll need to step up its defense with the full court press and force turnovers to negate its disadvantage on the boards.  The Cards need Reece Gaines to step up and create open three point opportunity's for Louisville's perimeter shooters and Taquan Dean, Erik Brown and Francisco Garcia must knock down open three point attempts.

That's formula for the Myles-less Cards.  Press, force turnovers and make three pointers and free throws.  And some good breaks along the way won't hurt.

ITV Prediction

This team has proven its heart and determination all season and should be energized by the return of Marvin Stone to the line up.  Look for the Cards to turn up the defensive pressure on the Blue Demons and force all kinds of problems for DePaul offensively.   This bunch will add another chapter to its growing legacy of overcoming obstacles with a 78-70 victory over Depaul.

 

STATISTICAL COMPARISON

Louisville
Statistical Category

Depaul

81.4
Points
66.4
67.9
Opponent Points
63.5
+13.6
Scoring Margin
+2.9
.462
FG %
.442
.401
Opponent FG %
.409
.367
3PT FG %
.339
.297
Opponent 3PT FG %
.314
.69.2
Free Throw %
.724
38.4
Rebounds
36.7
36.0
Opponent Rebounds
30.2
+2.4
Rebounding Margin
+6.5
16.6
Assists
12.7
13.8
Turnovers
14.6
4.8
Blocks
2.2

6.9

Steals

5.6

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS

#15 Louisville Cardinals (20-5, 10-4)
Pos No. Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
PPG
RPG
APG
F 01 Kendall Dartez 6-10 220 Jr.
3.9
3.0
0.3
F 32 Fancisco Garcia 6-7 185 Fr.
10.9
2.8
1.9
C 52 Marvin Stone 6-10 250 Sr.
10.9
7.4
1.5
G 5 Taquan Dean 6-3 175 Fr.
8.6
3.2
1.6
G 22 Reece Gaines 6-6 205 Sr.
18.8
2.7
5.2
Depaul (14-11, 6-8)
Pos No . Name
Ht
Wt
Yr
PPG
RPG
APG
G 03 Levar Seals 6-4 180 So.
3.1
1.7
1.0
G 33 Drake Diener 6-5 180 So.
7.4
3.0
3.2
F 04 Andre Brown 6-9 230 Sr.
9.0
8.6
.5
F 45 Quemont Greer 6-7 220 So.   9.4
4.8
1.5
C 25 Sam Hoskin 6-9 250 Sr.
14.6
7.2
1.0





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