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Louisville-Cornell Preview: Cards Look To Set Program's Longest Winning Streak

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Andy Lyons

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (2-0) vs. CORNELL BIG RED (0-3)

Game Time: 7:07 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.

Television: WHAS-11/ESPN3.com

Announcers: Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst)

Officials: Tom Eades, Jeff Clark and Tim Nestor

Series History: First meeting

Spread Check: Louisville by 32

Probable Starting Lineups:

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Statistics:

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Relevant Video:


Needed a "Here Comes Treble" cameo.

Seriously though, how tired do you think Cornell students are of Andy Bernard jokes?

Notable:

--If Louisville defeats Cornell tonight, the Cardinals will set a new record for the longest winning streak in program histoty (19 games).

--Cornell was picked to finish sixth in the Ivy League before the season by the league's coaches. The Big Red return three starters from a squad that went 13-18 a season ago.

--Cornell is off to an 0-3 start after losses to Syracuse (82-60), Loyola of Maryland (93-89 OT) and Binghamton (89-79). The Big Red have led in the second half of all three games.

--Cornell enters tonight on a nine-game losing streak that dates back to Feb. 16.

--Louisville's average margin of victory during its current winning streak is 16.8 points per game.

--Dwight Tarwater is a hero.

--Louisville has turned the ball over just eight times in its first two games, the smallest number in any two-game stretch during the 13-year Rick Pitino era at U of L.

--Conversely, Louisville has forced 43 opponent turnovers in its first two games. That's good for a turnover margin of +17.5.

--Both Louisville and Rick Pitino are 4-1 all-time against Ivy League opponents. The Cards' one loss was to Columbia in 1967.

--This game is not a part of the Hall of Fame Tipoff.

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

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 91, Cornell 59