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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Savannah State at Louisville
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, November 24, 2014
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Junior Montrezl Harrell is off to a flying start at Louisville but with the All-American forward in foul trouble Friday, the eighth-ranked Cardinals were forced to slog their way to a 85-67 victory over Marshall. The Cardinals figure to have an easier time Monday at home against Savannah State, three days after going 3-for-22 from 3-point range and shooting 38.6 percent while Harrell played only 24 minutes. Harrell finished with a season-low 12 points, but Chris Jones, Terry Rozier and Wayne Blackshear combined for 51 points.

“It was good to play without Montrezl to see if we could be in a situation where we didn’t lose the lead,” coach Rick Pitino told reporters. Harrell is averaging 19 points and 7.3 rebounds on 61.3 percent shooting, one of four Cardinals averaging in double figures. It will be a tall challenge for the Tigers, who have won two in a row after victories over Winthrop and Cleveland State.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3

ABOUT SAVANNAH STATE (2-2): Sophomore forward Javaris Jenkins leads the Tigers in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (6.0), recording a career-high 33 points while hitting six 3-pointers in the 87-83 overtime victory Saturday against Cleveland State. Seniors Keierre Richards and Terel Hall are returning starters in the backcourt. Sophomore forward Saadiq Muhammad scored a career-high 14 against Winthrop and is second on the team in scoring at 10 points per game.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (3-0): Rozier (16 points) and Jones (13.7) rank second and third on the team in scoring, although Jones is shooting 29.5 percent from the field. Harrell scored 30 points in the season-opening victory over Minnesota and has made 19-of-31 shots from the field. Opponents are shooting 35.1 percent against the Cardinals, who have forced an average of 19.7 turnovers.

TIP-INS

1. Pitino is two victories from reaching 700 for his career.

2. Louisville freshman F Chinanu Onuaku has posted back-to-back double-doubles.

3. The Tigers rank 286th nationally in scoring (61.5).

PREDICTION: Louisville 87, Savannah State 54
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Savannah State 2-2 W2 2-0 0-2 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0
Louisville 3-0 W3 2-0 0-0 1-0 0-0 3-0 0-0
Last Meeting
Savannah State Louisville
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/20/06 SAV 45 LOU 71 45 31 40.8 71 33 45.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Savannah State J. Obiajunwa 12 55.6 2
Louisville J. Palacios 20 50.0 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Savannah State J. Obiajunwa 10 4 6
Louisville J. Palacios 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Savannah State A. Edwards 3
Louisville C. Current 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Savannah State J. Jenkins 51 50.0 9
Louisville M. Harrell 57 61.3 16
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Savannah State J. Jenkins 24 6 18
Louisville M. Mathiang 25 14 11
Assists Player  
Savannah State T. Hall 18
Louisville C. Jones 13
Quickchart Matchup
Savannah State Off vs  Louisville Defense
61.5 Points For
58.0 Points Against
44.6 FG%
34.9 FG%
32.3 Reb
35.0 Reb
Louisville Off vs  Savannah State Defense
84.7 Points For
70.8 Points Against
43.8 FG%
42.5 FG%
35.0 Reb
32.3 Reb