Updated Thursday at 9pm.
Due to weather the game was moved to 6pm on Friday. Game will be shown on ESPN2. The blog below was fist posted on Wednesday.
The Louisville Cardinals will make their way back onto the court Thursday night on ESPN against the Temple Owls after having eight days off. Temple fans will be wearing all white in the Liacouras Center as they try to upset the reigning national champs. The Owls come in with a record of 6-16, 1-9 in conference play. Louisville is ranked 13th by the AP with a record of 19-4, 8-2 in the AAC.
Game starts at 7pm, will be played on 840AM (WHAS) in Louisville, KY..
Wayne Blackshear will be playing, per Rick Pitino. He will not start only because Pitino does not start players coming back from an injury. Blackshear missed the trip to Houston last week after getting a concussion from a teammates elbow in practice.
The biggest issue for Louisville is how they will respond after such a long break., which is their second eight game break of their conference play. Of course it helps to play the worst team in the AAC your first game back.
Temple can score, but struggle majorly on defense. 6’9″ junior Anthony Lee will be the one to watch for the Owls. He is averaging almost a double-double with 14 points and 9.2 rebounds a game. Lee has 10 double-doubles this season.
Speaking of Temple Rick Pitino said Wednesday via the CJ, “This is a very dangerous offensive basketball team.”
There is a good chance Louisville will come out a little flat. Even thought they had a scrimmage Saturday, it is difficult to get back in the flow of things. The Cards will go into the half with an eight point lead, 34-26.
Luke Hancock will lead the Cards in points with 17, 4-7 from behind the arc.
Terry Rozier and Montrezl Harrell will both have seven rebounds.
Russ Smith will lead in assists and steals with six assists and three steals.
Louisville wins, 84-66.
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