3:00 PM ET, November 30, 2008
Hilltoppers double-team Samuels, hold Cardinals to 27 percent shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Samardo Samuels grabbed the ball and launched a game's worth of frustration and all of his 260 pounds at the rim. Surely, this would be the moment the Louisville freshman would help the third-ranked Cardinals take control and finally put away Western Kentucky.Jeremy Evans had other ideas. The Western Kentucky center -- all 190 pounds of him -- thrust his arm between the ball and the basket and somehow sent Samuels sprawling to the floor.The rest of the Cardinals soon followed in a stunning 68-54 upset."It just gives you a little attitude that 'Hey, we're going to get this done,'" first-year Western Kentucky coach Ken McDonald said about the big-time block. "That was a huge play."
Not So Neutral
Louisville has been a successful team over the past three seasons, but Sunday's loss to Western Kentucky followed a troubling pattern for the Cardinals. They are the worst team in the Big East in early-season neutral-site games over the last three seasons.
• This was Louisville's fifth loss in a regular-season neutral-site game in the last three seasons, with four of those coming to unranked opponents.
• Western Kentucky leads the all-time series with Louisville (39-33) and has won two straight against ranked Louisville teams.
• Louisville shot 27 percent, only the fifth time in the last 10 years the Cards were held under 30 percent.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||15-56 (.268)||23-56 (.411)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-30 (.200)||4-17 (.235)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-28 (.643)||18-23 (.783)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||20 (0/0)|
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