5:30 PM ET, November 22, 2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Samardo Samuels' first shot in college basketball was blocked. His second was a brick.His third? A dunk, the first of what Louisville hopes is many during a season of high-expectations for the third-ranked Cardinals.Samuels scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds in his debut at Freedom Hall as Louisville blitzed Morehead State 79-41 in the opening round of the Billy Minardi Classic on Saturday. Louisville will play either Florida A&M or South Alabama in the finals on Sunday."I wasn't used to the crowd, I wasn't used to a lot of things," Samuels said. "The second half I settled down. I didn't know it would come this fast. It seemed like I was in high school yesterday."Samuels isn't anymore, one of the main reasons Louisville is a trendy Final Four pick.Earl Clark scored 13 points, Jerry Smith had 12 and Preston Knowles added 10 as the Cardinals (1-0) powered by the overmatched Eagles (0-4).The Cardinals got off to a slow start and led by just nine at the break before exploding in the second half. Louisville took control with a frantic 33-7 run that gave the Cardinals a 72-37 lead with less than eight minutes remaining.
• Louisville has won 14 of its last 16 season openers, including its last five.
• Morehead State has not defeated Louisville since 1957.
• The Cardinals have won 12 straight games against the Eagles and lead the series 30-11.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-62 (.290)||29-62 (.468)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-19 (.158)||8-24 (.333)|
|FT Made-Attempted||2-2 (1.000)||13-18 (.722)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||10 (0/0)|
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