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The Louisville Cardinals will start their first and only conference play in the AAC on New Year’s Eve on the road against the UCF Knights. The Cardinals are 11-2, losing both of their games against top 25 teams in Kentucky and UNC. The Card lost to rivals Kentucky Saturday in Rupp Arena.

The Knights come in 8-3, losing to Florida State, FAU and Valp0. They have won their last five games, including beating Valpo in their 2nd meeting of the season. Most of their recent wins can be credited to their great outside shooting lately.

Louisville will be without backup PF Chane Behanan, who was kicked off the team for good Monday. Pitino announced his dismissal in Monday’s presser.

It was Louisville’s lack of size that really hurt them against Kentucky Saturday. They were out rebounded 44-36, the inability for the Cards to get the ball underneath and get 2nd chances. UCF comes into the game 20th in the nation in rebounding with just over 40 per game.

 

Starting Lineups

Louisville (11-2)                    Ht.     Wt.   Yr. PPG RPG   Hometown
F 20 Wayne BLACKSHEAR  6-5     230   Jr.     9.8    3.0  Chicago, Ill.
F 24 Montrezl HARRELL       6-8     235   So. 12.0    8.0  Tarboro, N.C.
C 12 Mangok MATHIANG      6-10  210   Fr.    4.9    4.5 Melbourne, Australia
G  2 Russ SMITH                   6-0     165   Sr.  16.9    3.1  Brooklyn, N.Y.
G  3 Chris JONES                  5-10  175   Jr.   13.8    2.7  Memphis, Tenn.
UCF (8-3)                               Ht.     Wt.   Yr.  PPG RPG  Hometown
F   1 Tristan SPURLOCK       6-8     230   Sr.  13.8    6.8  Woodbridge, Va.
F 15 Dylan KARELL               6-11  230   So.   0.7    1.7 North Miami Beach, Fla.
F 32 Kasey WILSON              6-7     225   Jr.   11.5    6.1  North Port, Fla.
G  3 Isaiah SYKES                 6-6     220   Sr.  13.9    5.5  Detroit, Mich.
G 11 Calvin NEWELL            6-1     210   Sr.  14.8    2.6  Philadelphia, Pa

 

AP Preview

When: Tuesday at 5pm EST.

Where: CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla.

Watch: ESPN2

Listen: WHAS-840AM in Louisville, KY.

Stat Comparison via StatSheet.com

PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
Lville 84.6 47.0 65.4 34.8 40.7 15.7 25.0 14.8 9.5 9.5 4.9 19.5
UCF 80.1 47.9 57.4 40.1 41.1 13.7 27.4 15.3 13.2 7.5 3.6 17.6
Lville Opponents 61.2 39.7 62.7 31.9 34.6 11.7 22.9 8.9 18.0 3.5 2.1 21.0
UCF Opponents 67.2 42.2 61.1 28.8 34.5 10.5 24.0 12.1 12.9 6.8 3.6 20.0

 

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