Arizona v. Louisville
· Arizona (21-13) – Projected Starters
RESERVES: Fendi Onobun, F, 6-6, SR; Zane Johnson, G, 6-5, SO; David Bagga, G, 6-4, SR; Brendon Lavender, G, 6-3, FR; D.J. Shumpert, F, 6-6, FR; Alex Jacobson, C, 6-11, FR;
INTERIM HEAD COACH: Russ Pennell (Pittsburg St. ’89) 21-13 in first year at Arizona and overall.
· University of Louisville (30-5)- Projected Starters
RESERVES: Edgar Sosa, G, 6-2, Jr.; Preston Knowles, G, 6-2, So.; Reginald Delk, G, 6-4, Jr. ; Kyle Kuric, G, 6-4, Fr.; Will Scott, G, 6-4, Sr.; George Goode, F, 6-8, Fr.; Terrence Jennings, F, 6-9, Fr.; Lee Steiden, F, 6-4, 190, So.; Jared Swopshire, F, 6-8, Fr.
HEAD COACH: In his 23rd season as collegiate head coach and eighth at Louisville, U of L Coach Rick Pitino has compiled a 549-196 overall record (197 -72 at U of L).
· Seventeen Sweet 16s for Cardinals
Louisville has advanced to its 17th NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and second straight. Only three teams have been to more Sweet 16 appearances than Louisville’s 17 since the NCAA began Sweet 16 records in 1975 (North Carolina 23, Kentucky 20 and Duke 20; UCLA and Kansas also have 17). Louisville has been to at least the Sweet 16 in two of the last four years and reached the Elite Eight last season. Louisville’s NCAA Sweet 16 teams: 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2008, 2009.
Cards Earn Second Ever No. 1 Seed
Bolstered by winning both the BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships, Louisville earned a No. 1 seed in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and the No. 1 seed overall for the tournament. It was only the second No. 1 seed ever attained by the Cardinals, the last coming in 1983 when U of L capped a 32-4 season in the NCAA Final Four, falling to Houston in the national semifinals. It is the fourth time a team led by U of L Coach Rick Pitino has earned a No. 1 seed, previously achieving that status when he guided Kentucky into the tournament as a No. 1 seed in consecutive years from 1995-97. U of L has earned a No. 2 seed twice, earning that seed in each of its 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championships.
First AP No. 1 for Louisville
Louisville attained the No. 1 ranking in the final Associated Press poll of the season, the first AP No. 1 ranking ever for the Cardinals. The Cardinals also became the No. 1 team in the nation in the ESPN/USA Today poll on March 15. Louisville’s only previous time at No. 1 in the coaches poll was when it opened the 1986-87 season as the top team in the UPI poll.
Cardinals Have Had Success in Indianapolis
· Louisville has fared well on previous visits to Indianapolis. The Cardinals have a
collective 9-5 record in neutral site games played in Indianapolis, including a 6-0 record in NCAA Tournament games played in Indy.
· Louisville captured its first NCAA title in 1980 in now-demolished Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, defeating Iowa 80-72 in the national semifinals and UCLA 59-54 in the national championship game.
· Indianapolis has been the site for two other NCAA Tournament events in which the Cards participated, both in the RCA Dome. U of L beat Arkansas-Little Rock and
Arkansas in the 1989 NCAA Midwest first and second rounds, respectively. U of L beat Delaware and Oklahoma State in the 1993 NCAA Midwest first and second rounds.
· The Cardinals are 0-3 in Conseco Fieldhouse, falling in the John Wooden Tradition to Purdue twice (84-86 on 11/30/02; 59-67 on 12/15/07) and Iowa (69-70 on 11/29/03).
· U of L split its four games in the Bank One/Big Four Classic, played in consecutive years from 1987-90. Louisville has a combined 6-2 record in the RCA Dome.
· The Cardinals beat Purdue 88-72 on December 14, 1996 at the Boilermaker
Blockbuster in Market Square Arena.
· Louisville has also played at Butler on four occasions with an even 2-2 mark in
those games. The Cardinals beat Butler 91-81 in the last game of the series on Dec. 8,
1973 in Indianapolis.
· Former U of L Coach Denny Crum guided the 1987 USA men’s basketball team to the Pan American Games silver medal in the event played in Market Square Arena.
· U of L Coach Rick Pitino reached the 1997 NCAA Final Four played in the RCA
Dome in Indianapolis. His Kentucky team beat Minnesota 78-69 in the national semifinals (3/29/07) and then fell 84-79 in overtime to Arizona in the championship game (3/31/97). Pitino also faced Indiana on four occasions in the RCA Dome during the regular season, winning two of those games.Clark Has 27 Career Double-Doubles
Earl Clark has produced 17 double-doubles this season and 27 for his career (eight of last 13 games). He has scored in double figures in 36 of his last 40 games dating back to last season.Pitino Third in Active NCAA Winning Percentage
Pitino has a 37-12 record in NCAA Tournament play (.755), ranking him third among active coaches in NCAA Tournament winning percentage behind Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Florida’s Billy Donovan (Pitino is 11th on the all-time list). Pitino has guided 14 teams to the NCAA Tournament, including six of his last seven at Louisville. He has guided a team into the NCAA Tournament in 12 of his last 14 seasons coaching in the collegiate ranks (last six straight Kentucky teams from 1992-97; 2003-05, ’07-’09 at U of L). Pitino’s teams have won 22 of his last 28 games, spanning his last eight NCAA Tournament appearances (1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009).