Cardinals Return Home to Host Central Arkansas on Wednesday Night

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first_img Live Stats GAME 8Date: Dec. 5, 2018Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (135-21 in 9th year)Television: WAVE – Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Kendrick Haskins, analyst.Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 384, Internet 975)Series History: First meeting. This is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season; UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03.Officials: Brian Dorsey, Lee Cassell, Joe LindsayNext UofL Game: Dec. 8 at Indiana, Bloomington, Ind., 2:30 p.m. ET (FOX) Story Links Louisville Game Notes ACC Network Extra Watch List The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with six players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.  Ryan McMahon averages 9.9 points a game, knocking down 41.9 percent from behind the three-point line.  Darius Perry ranks third on the team with 9.6 points per game, while shooting 53.3 percent from behind the line.  Steven Enoch rounds out the top scorers, averaging 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  Louisville has a 77-5 record against nonconference opponents in the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals have won 33 of their last 35 home games against non-conference opponents. Louisville has made 29 more free throws (174-of-225, .773) than its opponents have attempted (106-of-145). Louisville is second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts (225/382, 58.9 percent) and is second in the nation with 29.2 percent of its points coming from free throws. The Cardinals made 30-of-41 free throws against Michigan State. UofL is 21st in the nation in free throw percentage. Nearly half of Louisville’s points this year have come from its bench (37.9 points per game). The Cardinals’ bench produced a school-record 63 bench points against Southern and contributed 25 points in its last game at Seton Hall. Louisville has scored over 80 points in five of its seven games and the Cardinals are 42nd in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 83.1 points per game. Louisville has a 38-7 record during the month of December over the last six years (6-2 in 2017-18). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked as the best in the nation by ESPN.com, third by Rivals.com and fourth by 247sports.com. All six individuals are ranked highly among the nation’s prospects, including five of the six among ESPN’s top 100. The impressive signing class includes Aidan Igiehon, David Johnson, Josh Nickelberry, Quinn Slazinski, Samuell Williamson and Jae’Lyn Withers.Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to play its fourth first-time opponent of the season as the Cardinals face the Central Arkansas Bears on Wednesday. In its first true road game of the season, Louisville prevailed 70-65 at Seton Hall last Saturday as the Cardinals closed the game on a 16-6 run over the last 6:03. Dwayne Sutton led a balanced Cardinal effort with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds. Ryan McMahon, who has averaged 16.5 points and hit 7-of-14 three-pointers over his last two games, hit a three-pointer with 36 seconds remaining to stretch a tight Cardinals lead to four-points and Jordan Nwora (nine points, six rebounds) made all four of his free throws in the closing seconds. CARD FILES Three UCA players have made 11 or more threes in seven games. The Bears feature a balanced lineup with all five starters averaging at least nine points a game in scoring, led by 5-11 sophomore guard DeAndre Jones’ 14.7 scoring average. 7-0 sophomore center Hayden Koval, who swatted 105 shots last season, is within 37 blocked shots of the Central Arkansas career record for rejections in just his second season with the Bears. Central Arkansas is the Cardinals’ fourth first-time opponent this season (also Nicholls, Southern and Vermont). UofL is 240-82 in first-time meetings, including 51-2 since 2002-03. Central Arkansas (3-4) is UofL’s second straight opponent with nearly a week off after the Bears beat Arkansas Little Rock 78-65 in their its last game on Nov. 28. The Bears rank 50th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage, connecting on 39.3 percent of their threes.last_img

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