Although this years team may not yet be considered amongst the nations elite, they have the horses to run pretty far. All five starters spread the scoring opportunities around with four averaging double figures per game. They all shoot over 40% from the floor, and feature three prolific three point shooters. Louisville also has a very strong bench with five players that seamlessly fit right in with the starters . There is little or no drop off on the floor while the starters are offered a breather. They boast size, three very good ball handlers and shooters, with one of them also deadly with the long shots. Louisville can field either a smaller, quicker team that can fly up and down the court, or quickly switch to a much larger and stronger team that can dominate in the paint. Pitino has amassed a group of athletes that are easily interchanged as game conditions predict.
#5 G/F Earl Clark (68 220) , 11.9 ppg , 42% fg , 29 blocks
#34 G Jerry Smith (61 200) , 11.0 ppg, 43% fg , 35.5% 3pt 22 steals
#33 G Andre McGee (510 180), 7.2 ppg, 41.3% fg, 41.4% 3pt
#1 F Terrance Williams (66 210) , 11.9 ppg, 40.9% fg, 40% 3pt, 25 steals
#32 F Derrick Caracter (69 265), 11.1 ppg, 57.5% fg, 21 blocks
#10 G Edgar Sosa (61 175), 7.9 ppg, 35.9% 3 pt
#20 G Will Scott (63 185), 3.4 ppg
#3 F Juan Palacios (68 250), 5.8 ppg
#4 C David Padgett (611 245), 10.0 ppg, 71.4% fg
#43 C/F Terrance Farley (610 245), 2.0 ppg
Rutgers (8-8, 0-3) will be facing yet another immense challenge against Louisville. While occasionally showing flashes of brilliance and surprise, the Knights have been plagued by unexplainable mental lapses throughout the year. Winning can only be achieved by eliminating or at least minimizing these transgressions. Rutgers has now gone three games scoring 50 points or less per game, need to erase that memory, and continue to work for the best shots.