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Louisville-Bellarmine preview: Cards close exhibition season against hometown Knights

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Louisville Cardinals vs. Bellarmine Knights

Game Time: 7:02 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, KY

Television: ACC Network Extra (available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN on the Watch ESPN app)

Announcers: Kent Taylor (play-by-play), Jody Demling (analyst)

Officials: Bert Smith, Alfred Smith, Patrick Harwood

Series History (Regular Season): Louisville leads 12-0

Series History (Exhibitions): Louisville leads 7-0

Last Meeting: Louisville won 81-60 on Nov. 7, 2016 at KFC Yum Center

Probable Starting Lineups:

About Bellarmine:

Bellarmine returns 11 players from a 2016-17 squad that went 32-4 and went to the program’s fourth Final Four in the past seven seasons. The Knights begin the 2017-18 ranked No. 4 in the Street & Smith Division-II preseason poll.

In its first exhibition game, Bellarmine fell 89-61 to Cincinnati on Nov. 1 at Freedom Hall. Prior to facing the Cardinals, Bellarmine will play an exhibition against Mount St. Joseph on Nov. 4. The Knights open their regular season Nov. 10 against Saginaw Valley in Indianapolis.

Bellarmine won the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship and made Final Four appearances in 2012, 2015 and 2017. Knights senior Adam Eberhard is a preseason All-America selection as a member of the Division II Bulletin Super 16, noting the top two players in the eight regions across the nation.

Notable:

—Louisville has won its last 34 straight in season exhibition games, a span stretching the last 16 years (since 2001). The Cardinals last dropped an exhibition game on Dec. 2, 2000 when falling 87-86 in double overtime to a Global Sports team in Freedom Hall.

—Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport spent nine seasons on the UofL men’s basketball staff, the last four as administrative assistant to UofL Coach Rick Pitino. A 1978 UofL graduate, Davenport coached former UofL guard DeJuan Wheat — the Cardinals’ No. 2 career scorer — at the prep level as head coach at Ballard High School.

—Felton Spencer, another Bellarmine assistant coach, played four years for the Cardinals (1986- 90) and holds the UofL records in field goal percentage for both season (.681) and career (.628). Spencer scored 1,168 points and grabbed 694 rebounds in his UofL career, averaging 14.9 points, and 8.5 rebounds as a senior. He played 12 years in the NBA with five different teams.

— Louisville’s 171 victories over the last five years are the fifth-most wins in the nation in that stretch. The Cards are one of just three teams to win at least 30 games in three of the last five seasons (30-10 in 2011-12, 35-5 in ‘12-13, 31-6 in ‘13-14).

—U of L guard Ryan McMahon will miss tonight’s exhibition game as he continues to recover from a rib injury suffered in Louisville’s first Red-White scrimmage.

—Louisville is one of just four schools which have won 20 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons (also Kansas, Duke and Gonzaga).

—In last year’s meeting between Louisville and Bellarmine, Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell each scored 13 points to lead five Cardinals with nine or more points as Louisville posted an 81-60 victory.