From U of L:
No. 12 Louisville and No. 22 South Florida played countless times over the years - 31 to be exact since 1992 - as league foes and now are squaring off again in a late nonconference contest.
The two programs, which competed against each other in the Metro Conference, Conference USA, the BIG EAST, and The American, are set to face each other as part of ESPN2's Big Monday broadcast in the KFC Yum! Center at 9 p.m. Louisville (19-6, 11-1 ACC) boasts a 27-4 advantage in the series, winning the last four tilts, and is encouraging fans to wear red for the 'Red Out.'
The Feb. 15 meeting will air on ESPN2, with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Rebecca Lobo (analyst) on the call. The radio broadcast will be available on WKRD 790 AM (also on the TuneIn app) in Louisville, with Matt Andrews (play-by-play) and Adrienne Johnson (analyst) calling the action.
While the matchup has no implication on league standings for the schools that both sit in second place in their respective conferences, a win certainly would bolster a school's postseason resume. Louisville is currently No. 19 in the latest RPI, while USF (18-6, 11-3 AAC) sits at No. 41.
Louisville has won 16 of its last 17 games, recently posting an 84-61 victory at Pittsburgh on Feb. 11. The Cardinals connected on 58.2 percent of their shots and held a 34-18 advantage on the glass, scoring 18 second-chance points.
Myisha Hines-Allen produced a career-high 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting, while collecting eight rebounds. Mariya Moore added 21 points, knocking down four 3-pointers, and Cortnee Walton registered her first career double-double, with a career-best 18 points and 10 rebounds.
On the year, Hines-Allen is averaging team highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (7.8) - both marks that are fifth best in the ACC. Moore is second in scoring at 14.9 points, with a team-leading 116 assists.Briahanna Jackson (11.7) and Asia Durr (10.9) are third and fourth, respectively, in scoring. Walton is contributing 6.4 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Nationally, Louisville is 19th in assists per game (16.8) and turnover margin (+4.96), 20th in offensive rebounds per game (16.0), 22nd in turnovers forced (20.20), and 25th in steals per game (10.4).
USF has won six of its last seven games after defeating Cincinnati 78-51 on the road on Friday.