For the second time this season the Louisville Cardinals will take on the Seton Hall Pirates. The Cardinals are hoping for another easy win like they did in early January when they won 73-58, this time Louisville will be at home in the beautiful and usually loud KFC Yum! Center.
Last time the two teams met Louisville forced 16 turnovers. 12 of those turnovers were steals, four of which came from senior point guard Peyton Siva. Center Gorgui Dieng dominated the inside with 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
Forward Luke Hancock is questionable for the game after he injured his shoulder during practice the other day. Hancock has been struggling with a shoulder issues for about a year after he hurt it in a pickup game. Expect Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware to share minutes at the small forward position if Hancock is unavailable.
Here are some highlights of last month’s game.
But in a Big East game anything can happen, although the Pirates will come into the game with several injuries and a conference record of 2-12. For the Pirates to have a chance their three-point shooting must be strong, as a team they have a 36-percent three-point percentage.
Sophomore Chane Behanan is getting much more comfortable in his role on the team. At 6’6″ he sometimes struggles as the power forward, but with Seton Hall’s lack of size he has a great opportunity to use his athleticism to score a lot of points. Expect Behanan to score around 16 points and add around eight rebounds.
Russ Smith, who struggled in last month’s game against the Pirates, is working on being a complete basketball player. Coach Rick Pitino has harped hard on his bad shot selection and his unwillingness to pass. If Smith wants a shot in this year’s NBA draft he has to learn how to make better decisions, after all at under six-feet he has to show he can play point. I expect Smith to be completely prepared to embarrass the Seton Hall guards.
Louisville will win this game easily, 77-55.
Tipoff for the game will be 12pm (EST) on the Big East Network, it will be played on WHAS-11 in Louisville, Ky.
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