The CoachCal. The No. Center to take on the No. Introducing the Louisville Cardinals The Head Coach: Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino is in his 30th season as a head coach, and his 14th at Louisville where he has compiled a record. Pitino has also served as head coach at Providence College , Final Four , Boston University , Hawaii as an interim coach for the last six games in the season , as well as the NBA with the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics He has a record against Kentucky.
Harrell is able to hurt teams with both an improving mid-range game as well as in the paint, where he uses his strength to finish at the rim. He has recorded a double-double in five of his last six games, and has 17 double-doubles in his career.
On the season, Harrell has made an outstanding Extremely quick, Rozier is capable of getting into the lane and creating open shots for his teammates as he is second on the team in assists with 2. He is also second on the team in steals with 2.
A strong rebounding guard, Rozier pulls down 5. Wayne Blackshear, a senior swing, is third on the team in scoring, posting Chris Jones, a guard, puts up Jones leads the Cards with 3. Onuaku, a developing offensive player, averages 4.
When he does shoot the ball, though, he makes Pitino can bring size off the Louisville bench in the form of sophomore big man Mangok Mathiang. In an average of A native of Sudan who grew up in Australia, Mathiang has blocked four shots twice this season, Dec.
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Louisville boasts guard depth, as it brings sophomore Anton Gill and freshman Quentin Snider, a Ballard High School alum, off the bench. Gill, another lightening quick perimeter player, accounts for 3.
Three Keys Hit the backboard — With Louisville being one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, Kentucky must concentrate on hitting the backboard with abandon.
The Cards rank 3rd in the nation in average rebounds per game Once again, Kentucky will have a size advantage at nearly every spot the exception being when Tyler Ulis is running the point , but rebounding is as much about positioning and instinct as it is size, meaning Kentucky needs to be aware of the shot and put a hip on any Cardinal in the area as the ball is in flight.
Expand the Louisville zone into a man-to-man posture — As is true with most UK opponents, Louisville will surely play zone against the Cats, forcing Kentucky to beat them from outside.
Although UK has alternated between shooting the trey with great efficiency and missing at a high rate, over the last two games the Cats have connected on of from beyond the arc Make shots, and the Louisville zone must morph into a man-to-man defensive look where UK can better take advantage of its incredible size in the paint.
Conversely, if the Cats are off-target from distance, Louisville will pack in the zone, making life more difficult in the paint and possibly allowing UofL to display its No. With its perimeter size, to go along with the pesky Ulis, Kentucky has an opportunity to take away possessions from the Cards while creating easy scoring chances for itself.
If the Cats can get into passing lanes and harass Rozier 2.
Key Matchup UK defense vs. Harrell will not back away from physicality, so positioning is important to keep the aggressive rebounder away from misses. Team Stats.