Louisville-South Florida Preview: Cards Look To Maintain February Focus

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (21-4, 10-2) vs. SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS (12-14, 3-10)

Game Time: 7:05 P.M.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.

Television: CBS Sports Network

Announcers: Rich Waltz (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Evan Washburn (reporter)

Favorite: Louisville by 23

Officials: John Higgins, Mike Roberts and Chris Beave

All-Time Series: Louisville leads 28-4

Last Meeting: Louisville won 86-47 on Jan. 22 in Tampa

Series History:

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Probable Starting Lineups:

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Statistics:

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Relevant Video:


I had no recollection of that Kuric dunk. Good Lord.

About South Florida:

The Bulls are trying to avoid matching a season-high four-game losing streak after allowing a layup with 1.8 seconds left to fall 75-74 to Central Florida on Saturday. The Cardinals humiliated USF in their first meeting last month, hitting 12 of 23 three-pointers en route to an 86-47 road victory.

Victor Rudd, who leads the Bulls at 14.9 points per game, scored 21 and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday. He had just six points in the first matchup against Louisville. Martino Brock managed only four points in that meeting, but he's also coming off a 21-point effort versus UCF.

South Florida has lost 12 of its last 16.

Notable:

--Louisville has won 32 straight games against unranked opponents, the longest streak in program history.

--South Florida is 0-7 against ranked teams this season.

--USF is 13-114 all-time against AP Top 25 opponents, including a 5-45 record under Stan Heath. Their last win over a ranked team was at Louisville in March of 2012.

--Louisville is second in the nation in turnover margin (+6.7) and is 24th in fewest turnovers per game (10.4). U of L has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 17 of its last 28 games dating back to last year. The Cardinals are generating an average of 22.0 points per game off turnovers.

--Montrezl Harrell is one dunk away form breaking Louisville's single-season dunks record. He currently shares the record (59) with Cardinal legend Pervis Ellison.

--USF's Chris Perry is is a five-time recipient of the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week and leads all freshmen in scoring.

--Louisville is one of five Division-I programs with at least 20 wins in each of the past 12 seasons.

--The Cardinals have been favored to win every game they've played this season. The last time Louisville was not favored to win a game was at Syracuse on March 2, 2013. U of L won that game.

--Louisville's 21-4 start is tied with the 2004-05 Cardinals for the best start in a season during the Rick Pitino era. The 2012-13 national championship team was 20-5 after 25 games last season, but did not lose again.

--None of us are shaving until the Cards lose again.

--Louisville is the defending Division-I national champion.

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 82, South Florida 60

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