The Friars get one on national TV tonight, so they have a great opportunity to prove to everyone that they are not a bubble team. However, it AIN’T going to be easy. PC is going to have to play their best game of the season on both ends of the court if they want to knock off Louisville on the road.
GAMBLING AND PREDICTIONS
Spread: Louisville -13.5
Ken Pomeroy: Louisville W, 81-67 (90% confidence)
CBS: Louisville W, 79-69
AROUND THE WEB
On Wednesday, February 18 the Friars will play Louisville at Freedom Hall. The Friars have posted a 4-7 mark all-time versus the Cardinals. The Friars are 2-3 at home, 0-4 on the road and 2-0 on neutral courts all-time against Louisville. The two teams first met on March 20, 1971 with the Friars earning a 64-58 win at Madison Square Garden. Louisville has won the last six contests between the two teams, including an 80-72 win last season at Providence on February 16, 2008. PC’s last win over Louisville was a 57-51 win on November
30, 1977 in Providence.
Louisville will play the second of two straight at home. U of L won for the 11th time in its last 13 games as the Cardinals beat DePaul 99-54 in Freedom Hall on Sunday. Preston Knowles scored 19 points in 13 minutes of action, burying 5-of-7 three-pointers. Earl Clark leads the Cards with 12.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, while Terrence Williams is dishing out a team-high 4.6 assists per game.
Of course beating teams like Louisville and Pittsburgh represent huge challenges. This PC coaching staff has found that while diligently scouting its opponents is vital, finding a way to execute the Friars’ style is even more important.
Louisville took its anger out on DePaul in a 45-point win on Sunday, though all it did was keep the Cardinals in the midst of a crowded Big East race. Louisville is in a four-way tie with Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Marquette in the loss column atop the conference.
Louisville Scout.com: Cards hope to slow high-scoring Friars
Louisville needs to be clicking on all cylinders against the Friars – a veteran squad that ranks third in the Big East in scoring and 20th in the NCAA (79.2 ppg). Providence, 16-9 overall and 8-5 in the Big East, is fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
ESPN.com: Providence vs. Louisville
After bouncing back from its worst loss of the season, Louisville still has a chance to capture the top spot in the Big East. This would be an ideal time for another win over Providence.
The seventh-ranked Cardinals look to win their seventh straight against the Friars and remain unbeaten at home in the series Wednesday night.
The Sports Network: Big East foes collide, as Providence visits Louisville
Louisville, which was coming off a 90-57 whipping at Notre Dame, took care of business over the weekend and kept itself in contention for the Big East title at 10-2. Winners of 11 of their last 13 outings, the Cardinals now stand at 19-5 overall and that includes a 13-2 ledger at home.
SportingNews: Williams back in lineup against Providence
Louisville forward Terrence Williams will be back in the starting lineup on Wednesday when the seventh-ranked Cardinals host Providence.
Williams came off the bench in a 99-54 win over DePaul on Sunday, going scoreless in 15 minutes while dealing with a sprained right wrist.
Point-Spreads.com: Providence vs Louisville College Basketball Picks
The Friars are 3-4 in true road games this season, averaging 76.1 points per game away from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. They give up an average of 82.4 points per game to host teams.
A visit from a team it usually dominates should help Louisville stay right in the thick of the pursuit for the regular-season title in the Big East.
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