The Cards play their 2nd and final exhibition game tonight against the Bellarmine Knights. Here are some game notes from UofL’s website. Go Cards!
GAME FACTS – Bellarmine at Louisville
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 7
Time: 7:07 p.m. ET
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court (22,000), Louisville, Ky.
TV: WHAS-TV will televise the game, with Drew Deener (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (color) calling the action. Coverage will begin at on WHAS-TV, channel 11 in Louisville, at 7 p.m.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) will broadcast the game, with Paul Rogers (play-by-play) and Doug Ormay (color) calling the game. WHAS 840 AM will join the game in progress.
Series History: The two programs have faced each other 13 times in the series history. Louisville has won all 13 contests, with the last meeting on Nov. 3, 2011, a 62-54 exhibition victory for the Cardinals. The last official meeting took place on Dec. 10, 2006, and Louisville posted a 76-64 win at Freedom Hall.
Officials: John Cahill, Mike Roberts, Tony Chiazza
Next U of L Game: Sunday, Nov. 11 vs. Manhattan in KFC Yum! Center, 4:00 p.m. E.T.
Probable Starting Lineups
Louisville (30-10) Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG Hometown
F 11 Luke HANCOCK 6-6 200 Jr. *10.9 *4.6 Roanoke, Va.
F 24 Montrezl HARRELL 6-8 235 Fr. *25.2*13.6 Tarboro, N.C.
C 10 Gorgui DIENG 6-11 245 Jr. 9.1 9.1 Kebemer, Senegal
G 2 Russ SMITH 6-0 165 Jr. 11.5 2.5 Briarwood, N.Y.
G 3 Peyton SIVA 6-0 185 Sr. 9.1 3.2 Seattle, Wash.
*Hancock’s statistics from George Mason; Harrell from Hargrave Military Academy; Thelen from Spring Hill College; Hall from Wright State.
Bellarmine (29-4) Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG Hometown
F 32 Jelani JOHNSON 6-4 190 Sr. 3.4 3.0 Aurora, Ill.
C 12 Jake THELEN 6-6 220 So.*18.5 *7.5 Edgewood, Ky.
G 3 Vance HALL 6-3 190 Jr. *4.5 *1.5 Frankfort, Ky.
G 5 Chris DOWE 6-2 190 Sr. 16.2 6.8 Louisville, Ky.
G 23 Keisten JONES 6-3 195 Jr. 11.4 3.5 Louisville, Ky.
Louisville’s second exhibition contest of 2012-13 pits the Cards against the Bellarmine Knights on Wednesday. Coached by Uof L graduate and former Cardinal assistant coach Scott Davenport, the Knights advanced to the 2012 NCAA Division II national semifinals last season with a 29-4 record. The Knights fell 86-51 in an exhibition game at Cincinnati on Nov. 5.
The Division II Bulletin has ranked Bellarmine as the preseason No. 9 team in the nation and the Knights are the choice to win the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Knights won the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship.
Located less than four miles from the UofL campus in Louisville, Ky., Bellarmine University is the alma mater of John MacLeod, who has served as the head basketball coach at Oklahoma and Notre Dame, as well as the NBA Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.
Card Ties with Bellarmine
Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport spent nine seasons on the UofL men’s basketball staff, the last four as administrative assistant to U of L Coach Rick Pitino. A 1978 UofL graduate, Davenport coached former U of L guard DeJuan Wheat — the Cards No. 2 career scorer — at the prep level as head coach at Ballard High School.
UofL Director of Video Operations Doug Davenport played four years at Bellarmine under his father Scott when the Knights reached a pair of NCAA Tournaments.
BU assistant coach Reece Gaines is a former UofL All-America selection, ranking fourth on the Cards’ all-time scoring list (1,945 points). UofL posted a 25-7 record his senior year, winning 17 straight at one stretch of the season.
U of L assistant sports information director Lori Korte is a Bellarmine graduate.
Series vs Bellarmine
Louisville has won all 12 regular season meetings against Bellarmine University. That figure is not inclusive of exhibition games the teams played in 2005, 2009 and 2011 — all UofL victories. Louisville won the first meeting 79-52 at Bellarmine on Dec. 6, 1960, a year in which John Turner lead the Cardinals to a 21-8 record and U of L’s third NCAA Tournament appearance.
Chane Behanan and Jared Swopshire each totaled 14 points and nine rebounds to lead Louisville to a 62-54 exhibition victory over Bellarmine last season (11-3-11). The Cardinals held a 40-24 rebounding advantage and shot 50 percent from the field in the game. Jeremy Kendle scored 23 points to lead the Knights.