LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (5-1) vs. SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI GOLDEN EAGLES (6-0)
Game Time: 7:07 p.m.
Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.
Announcers: Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst)
Officials: Tom O'Neill, Rick Hartzell and Tim Nestor
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 30-11
Last Meeting: Louisville won 107-62 on 1/11/05 in Hattiesburg
Spread Check: Louisville by 15
Probable Starting Lineups:
A simpler time. A Beefier time.
--Louisville leads the nation in turnover margin (+11.2) and is fifth in fewest turnovers per game (7.8. U of L has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in seven of its last nine games dating back to last year
--Louisville averaged 16.3 assists and committed 25 turnovers through four games but totaled 17 while turning the ball over 28 times against Fairfield and North Carolina.
--Southern Miss is looking to go 7-0 for the first time since 2006. The Golden Eagles won their first six last season before dropping their next three.
--Southern Miss beat DePaul.
--Luke Hancock is 25 points short of hitting the 1,000-point mark for his college career.
--Southern Miss is a perfect 12-0 in the month of November under head coach Donnie Tyndall.
--Card Chronicle's Mike Rutherford still has not forgiven Tyndall for March 17, 2011.
--Louisville is 9-0 under Rick Pitino in games following a loss in November. The Cards have won those nine games by an average margin of 22.8 points, and all but one of those victories (last year against Illinois State) have come by double-digits.
--Southern Miss is 2-44 all-time against ranked opponents on the road, and 7-85 against ranked opponents all-time.
--Southern Mississippi leads Conference USA in scoring defense, allowing just 60.5 points per game (26th in the nation), and in three-point percentage, connecting on 38.6 percent from long range (34-of-88).
--Louisville won the 2013 Division-I national championship.
Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 77, Southern Miss 63