Cards Hope To Avoid Deja Vu

Posted: January 21, 2010 by Bacon in Louisville Basketball, Posted by Larry Loobers

The last time Louisville and Rick Pitino visited Seton Hall, it was January 19th, 2008. It was a trip that I am sure both coach Pitino and all Card fans would like to forget.

The Cards allowed the Pirates to shoot the lights out from inside and outside the arc and no one took advantage of that more than guard Jeremy Hazell. The then Freshman from Harlem would hit 8 three pointers (only 14 attempts) on Louisville. He would finish with 29 points in the Seton Hall 92-82 win.

Since then Hazell has been a thorn in all Big East coaches sides as well as giving all score keepers cramps from writing so much. Hazell, now a Junior, is in his second straight season averaging over 22 points per game. He has scored more than 30 points in a game five times this year, including 41 in a loss to West Virginia.

Louisville “held” Hazell in check last season as best as you can. Forcing him to take unwanted shots that resulted in a 4-13 day from behind the arc. Hazell would finish the game with 18 points still but Louisville got the win.

Opponents are entering this game shooting 34% from downtown on Louisville, with an average of 6 three pointers allowed a game by the Cards.

Rick Pitino and company are looking to avoid a 3 game losing streak and get to far behind a cut throat Big East. Louisville through history is 8-4 versus Seton Hall, while 3-3 all-time in South Orange.

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