BET Round 3 vs. Louisville: Open Thread

dave@friarblog —  March 12th, 2009 3:01 PM
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Another early start for the Friars, as tip-off is about an hour away.

If this doesn’t get you pumped up, nothing will!

In the meantime, here are some pregame articles:

Spread: Louisville -9.5 Pregame Gamenotes [pdf]

The Friars entered the BIG EAST Tournament as a No. 8 seed.  PC fi nished the season in eighth place in the BIG EAST with a 10-8 record.  The Friars earned a bye in the fi rst round by finishing in the top eight in the league standings.  The Friars defeated No. 16 DePaul, 83-74, on Wednesday, March 11 in second-round action. With the victory over the Blue Demons,
Providence earned its first win at the BIG EAST Tournament since defeating West Virginia (73-50) in the fi rst round in 2003.  The Friars hold an all-time record of 16-27 at the BIG EAST Tournament.  PC won its only BIG EAST Tournament title in 1994 when the team defeated Georgetown, 74-64, in the championship game.

Projo Hoops Blog: Kevin McNamara Audio Preview After win over DePaul, PC’s season comes down to Louisville game

The Friars’ test against the Cardinals is a stiff one. The surging Cards have won seven straight games and are making a run at a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. PC lost at Louisville on Feb. 18, 94-76.

Courier-Journal: Cards: New York not neutral

U of L coach Rick Pitino doesn’t expect Madison Square Garden to be much of a neutral floor. He said today’s crowd for their quarterfinal matchup at noon with Providence won’t have “too many people eating grits there.”“Every team we play is going to have five times more fans than us,” he said. Preview

Now Pitino wants to keep his team’s focus on the big picture — as much as he’d like for Louisville to be a No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament.

“We want to win, we want to win another championship,” he said. “But we just spent three months to win a championship. We’re not going to beat ourselves up over three days.”The Cardinals would like to get off to a better start Thursday than they did in their last meeting with Providence on Feb. 18. Louisville trailed the Friars by three in the second half before holding them without a field goal for more than nine minutes, and Providence committed a season-high 22 turnovers in the 94-76 loss.

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