For the second game in a row, 14/15 ranked Louisville (13-4, 1-3) will try to get back on track against one of the worst teams (record-wise) in the Big East. It did not go so well last game against Providence, as the Cards got beat 90-59. DePaul (10-6, 1-3) enters the game coming off of a 94-73 loss to Seton Hall on Tuesday night.
Entering this season, DePaul was an abysmal 2-52 in Big East play over the last 3 seasons. Two wins in 3 seasons of conference play. They went 0-18 in 2008-2009, and went 1-17 in each of the last 2 seasons. No matter how bad they have been over the last few years, these games are not played on paper. They are played on the court, and the Cards have not gotten that memo lately, losing 4 of their last 5.
Just when it seems like the perfect team is coming into the KFC Yum! Center for the Cards to try to find their winning ways again, leading scorer Kyle Kuric (13 pg) has a sprained ankle and will miss the game. It is unknown how long he will be out, but that is not what UofL needs right now, or ever.
DePaul comes into the game with 2 of the top 7 scorers in the Big East. Cleveland Melvin, a 6’8 sophomore, averages 18.6 ppg and 6.4 rebounds per game. He has had one game with 7 points this season. Other than that, he has scored at least 13 points in every game this season, six of those games having more than 20 points.
Their other top scorer is Brandon Young, a 6’3 sophomore. He averages 17.1 ppg and 4.9 assists per game. He can also put up a lot of points, obviously. Against Syracuse, he was 0-8 and did not score. He also had a game with 8 points. Besides that, he has scored at least 12 points every game. He is averaging about 21 ppg over his last 3 games.
Cleveland Melvin Brandon Young
In their 4 conference games, DePaul is averaging 74 points per game. The problem? They are giving up 87.2 points per game! So while Melvin and Young have been scoring a lot of points, the Blue Demons are giving up way more.
After one of the worst losses in recent memory for the Cards, this game becomes very important. A loss to DePaul, and you wonder if this team will even make the NCAA Tournament. This is a must-win game. Also, after Saturday, 3 of the next 4 games for the Cards will be on the road.
The game tips off at 4:00 Saturday and can be seen on WHAS in Louisville, and on ESPN3.com. You can also hear it on 840 WHAS with the best in the business, Paul Rogers.
Here is a video done by youtube user VillenHD, highlights of last season’s UofL-DePaul game.