Game Notes: Louisville vs Bellarmine

Exhibition: Louisville Cardinals vs Bellarmine Knights

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Here are some of the more notable notes (is that a thing?) from today’s game notes on GoCards.com.

Date: Nov. 1, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (81-13 in 6th yr.)
Television: WAVE-TV (Channel 3 in Louisville)
Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Drew Deener, analyst
Radio: WKRD (790 AM)
Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (no Sirius/XM)
Series History: UofL leads 12-0 (including regular season games only)
Last Meeting: UofL 82, Bellarmine 57 (Nov. 9, 2014 at KFC Yum! Center)
Officials: Lamont Simpson, Tim Ebersole, Matt Porter
Next UofL Game: Nov. 9 vs. Kentucky Wesleyan (exhibition), 7 p.m.,
(WAVE-TV) KFC Yum! Center

Probable Starting Lineups

Louisville

F   0   Damion Lee   6’6   210 lbs   GR.

F   14   Anas Mahmoud   7’0   210 lbs   SO.

C   5   Matz Stockman   7’0   250 lbs   SO.

G   3   Trey Lewis   6’2   185 lbs   GR.

G   45   Donovan Mitchell   6’3   210 lbs   FR.

Bellarmine

F   4   George Suggs   6’10   2015 lbs   SR.

F   33   Josh Derksen   6’9   225 lbs   JR.

C   31   Yasin Kolo   6’10   240 lbs   SR.

G   5   Rusty Troutman   6’5   190 lbs   JR.

G   11   Michael Parrish   5’8   140 lbs   SR.

Notes on Bellarmine

-Bellarmine led the nation in shooting percentage at 53.5%.–the second year in a row and third time in the past five years.

-Coached by UofL graduate and former Cardinal assistant coach Scott Davenport, the Knights posted a 31-4 record last season and reaching its third NCAA Division II Final Four in the last five years.

-BU will also play exhibitions at Cincinnati on Nov. 7 and at Indiana on Nov. 9.

-Bellarmine is ranked fifth in the Division II Bulletin preseason top 25 poll, sixth by The Sporting News and the Knights are the choice to win the East Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

-Three returning starters for the Knights include senior forward George Suggs (8.5 ppg), junior forward Josh Derksen (11.6 ppg) and junior guard Rusty Troutman (11.3 pts., 5.5 reb., 2.7 asst.).

-Among the newcomers are Yasin Kolo, a 6-10 transfer from Hartford who sat out last season, and Al Davis, a junior college transfer from North Area CC who was a first-team all-NJCAA Region XI selection last year. Kolo played 17 minutes, totaling 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds (3-of-6 FG, 5-of-7 FT) off the bench for Hartford against the Cardinals in an 87-48 Louisville victory in the KFC Yum! Center on Nov. 19, 2013.

-The Knights have been to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including winning the 2011 NCAA Division II national championship and reaching the runner-up position in 2012.

-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.

Notes on Louisville

-Louisville has just two players on its roster — junior center Mangok Mathiang and walk-on junior guard David Levitch — that have played with the Cardinals more than a year.

-The Cards return just 17 percent of their scoring and a quarter of their assists from last season’s 27-9 NCAA Elite Eight team. It is the lowest percentage of scoring returning for Louisville since 1972-73 when UofL was without a returning starter from its 1972 Final Four team and returned just 9.7 percent of its scoring (254 of 2,614).

-Quentin Snider’s 146 points in 2014-15 ranks him as UofL’s top returning scorer, which is the lowest figure for a UofL top returning scorer since 1972-73 (Bill Bunton, 121 points).

Local Flavor

-There will be plenty of local players on the court today. Coach Davenport has made it a priority to get the best local talent and keep them at home. And of course, now the Cards even have a couple of kids from right here in Louisville.

-Louisville: Quentin Snider (Ballard) and Raymond Spalding (Trinity)

-Bellarmine: Rusty Troutman (Bullitt East), Michael Parrish (Fern Creek), Rhett Troutman (Bullitt East), Daniel Ramser (Trinity), George Knott (Providence), Willie Schurfranz (DeSales), Tyler Landry (North Hardin).

Series History

-Louisville has won all 12 regular season meetings against Bellarmine University. That figure is not inclusive of five exhibition games the teams played in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 — 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.

-Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead four Cardinals in double figures as Louisville posted an 82-57 exhibition victory over Bellarmine in the last meeting between the teams (11-9-14). The Cardinals shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half to bolt out to a 49-20 halftime advantage and UofL outrebounded the Knights. Chris Whitehead and George Suggs each scored eight points to lead BU.

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