(20) Louisville 76

(21-8, 11-4 Big East)

Connecticut 69

(17-11, 6-8 Big East)

    12:00 PM ET, February 25, 2007

    XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut

    1 2 T
    #20LOU 38 3876
    CONN 29 4069

    Top Performers

    Louisville: T. Williams 17 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Connecticut: J. Dyson 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Louisville-Connecticut Preview


    The hard part is over for No. 20 Louisville.

    After facing three ranked teams in their last five games and going 4-1 in that stretch, the Cardinals look to further their hot streak at Connecticut, where they play the Huskies in a Big East matchup at the Hartford Civic Center on Sunday.

    The Cardinals (20-8, 10-4) have won four straight games, including back-to-back wins over ranked opponents and a 72-48 win over St. John's on Wednesday. Counting the postseason, the Cardinals had lost 13 straight games to teams in the Top 25 -- including an 0-4 mark this season -- before their current win streak.

    Even though they were coming off two upset victories, the Cardinals remained sharp against St. John's on Wednesday, shooting 49.2 percent from the field while holding St. John's to 26.3 percent, a season low for a Louisville opponent.

    "We've been playing great defense, it's helped us get on this roll," coach Rick Pitino said. "All I heard this weekend was `Let down, let down.' I think when you say `let down,' you can't say that in the Big East. Those words shouldn't come into play."

    Louisville, which last year settled for an NIT bid after a disappointing finish, moved a step closer to the NCAA tournament with Wednesday's win. The Cardinals are third in the Big East with two games remaining and trying to secure one of the four byes into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament.

    "Last year, we played in the Little Dance. This year, we want to play in the Big Dance," said sophomore forward Terrence Williams, the team's leading scorer at 12.0 points per game. "I think you see 16 guys growing up in front of your eyes."

    Connecticut has some growing up to do as well. The Huskies (17-10, 6-7) started three freshmen and two sophomores in their 65-55 win at Rutgers on Wednesday. Their inexperience has been a major factor in stumbling to a sub-.500 Big East record. Connecticut hadn't lost more than six conference games since 2000-01, and hasn't finished below .500 in Big East play since 1996-97.

    Jim Calhoun's team, though, is slowly recovering from its 2-6 start in Big East play. The Huskies have won four of their last five conference games, and Wednesday's win over Rutgers was their fourth win in the last six games overall after suffering a five-game losing streak for the first time in 2001.

    Jerome Dyson scored 17 points on Wednesday, his eighth straight game in double figures, and Jeff Adrien added 14 and seven rebounds. Adrien is averaging 13.0 points and 10.9 rebounds over his last 10 games.

    The Huskies, second in the nation in opponents field goal percentage, held Rutgers to 34.7 percent shooting. They have held five of their last six opponents under 40 percent.

    David Padgett had 19 points and 11 rebounds in Louisville's 68-54 win over Connecticut on Jan. 22, its first-ever win over the Huskies. The Cardinals shot just 30.5 percent -- their worst in Big East play -- but outscored the Huskies 50-33 in the second half.

    Connecticut has a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.


    School Info

    Conference ACC American
    Nickname Cardinals Huskies
    Type Public Public

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