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The Louisville Cardinals and the St. Louis Billikens get just one day of rest after both had close games in round two of the NCAA Tournament. The Louisville Cardinals played a mini version of themselves in Manhattan and looked flat most of the game. They won thanks to big threes from their senior captains Luke Hancock and Russ Smith, 71-64.

The Billikens were down by 14 to NC State, but rallied and won in overtime 83-80. They did win the A10 regular season with a record of 13-3.

Louisville came into the tournament after dominating the AAC tournament, beating teams by an average of 33 points. St. Louis came in after losing four of their last five games including their A10 conference tournament opener against the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure

The tipoff for the game is 2:45pm on CBS.

St. Louis starts five seniors with guard Jordair Jett, Mike McCall, Jake Barnett, Dwayne Evans and Rob Loe. They do not score a ton of points (average just over 70 a game), but they don’t allow too many points either (just under 62 a game).

They only team they played that has a similar style of pressure defense this season than Louisville is probably VCU. St. Louis won the first game against Skaka Smart, but lost the second a few weeks ago. VCU forced 17 turnovers, 12 of which were steals.

Billikens Player to Watch

Rob Loe, 6’11″, 245 lbs. C/F. Averages 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. For a big man he can shoot the three, he went 4-6 from behind the arc against NC State. The New Zelander is not a big that will body with Louisville, Dwanye Evans is the one that they rely heavily for rebounds, but Loe does create a matchup issue. Who does Louisville put on him when he is behind the three point line?


Keys for Louisville

-Rebound: Louisville had 16 offensive rebounds against Manhattan, the Cards will need to use their strength and convert those second chances.

-No Foul Trouble: The Billikens are not the best free throw shooters, but either was Manhattan. Keeping Montrezl Harrell and Russ Smith off the bench is key for any Louisville success.

-Play Louisville basketball: The Cardinals did not pass the ball well against the Jaspers Thursday night, a lot of that had to do with their pressure defense. Louisville, especially Russ Smith, needs to look for the open man and create good shots.


Stat Comparison


Offensive Averages:

10th / 1st
24th / 2nd
37th / 2nd
FG Pct
37th / 3rd

Defensive Averages:

15th / 1st
37th / 2nd
200th / 2nd
FG Pct
18th / 3rd

St. Louis

Offensive Averages:

199th / 9th
65th / 3rd
93rd / 5th
FG Pct
155th / 6th

Defensive Averages:

19th / 9th
26th / 3rd
197th / 5th
FG Pct
30th / 6th


St. Louis Roster

No Player Pos Ht Wt Class Hometown
35 Reggie Agbeko F 6-7 240 Fr. Buffalo, NY
30 Jake Barnett F 6-5 205 Sr. Wauwatosa, WI
32 Mike Crawford G-F 6-4 200 Fr. Tipton, IN
22 Austin Eagleton G 6-3 200 Fr.
21 Dwayne Evans F 6-6 230 Sr. Bolingbrook, IL
1 Grandy Glaze F 6-6 235 Jr. Toronto, ON
5 Jordair Jett G 6-1 215 Sr. St. Paul, MN
15 Tanner Lancona F 6-8 230 Fr. Trabuco Canyon, CA
10 Joey LePak G 6-1 170 Soph. Cedarburg, WI
51 Rob Loe F 6-11 245 Sr. Auckland, New Zealand
54 John Manning C 6-11 240 Jr. Chantilly, VA
2 Austin McBroom G 5-9 165 Soph. North Hollywood, CA
11 Mike McCall Jr. G 6-0 180 Sr. Chicago, IL
3 Achraf Yacoubou G 6-4 210 Jr.