NCAA BK

Tue, Nov 19, 2013 - 7:00 PM ET
Game Preview
 

Hartford-Louisville Preview

Share This Story

   
 

Judging by the way it's played so far, Louisville looks like it won't have much trouble adding to its school-record win streak in the near future.

The third-ranked Cardinals will seek a 20th consecutive victory as it faces another unheralded opponent, Hartford, on Tuesday night as part of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.

Louisville (3-0) has beaten its initial opponents by an average of 31.7 points and shot a season-high 59.0 percent in a 99-54 rout of Cornell on Friday. The Cardinals also witnessed the season debut of junior guard Kevin Ware, who suffered a gruesome leg injury during the school's run to last season's NCAA title.

Ware finished with five points and two rebounds in 13 minutes, and Wayne Blackshear led the way with a career-best 20 points and made four 3-pointers.

"When you're winning like that, everything feels great. To be a part of (the win steak) is really unique. I'm really fortunate to be on a team of this caliber," guard Russ Smith said.

The Cardinals also got significant contributions from a pair of players who recently returned.

Chane Behanan had 13 points and 12 rebounds in his second game back from a team suspension, and NCAA tournament MVP Luke Hancock scored 12 points in his second game back from an Achilles injury.

Now at full health, Louisville will try to keep rolling against Hartford. The Hawks have never beaten a ranked opponent and are facing one for the first time since a 104-61 loss at then-No. 3 Kentucky on Dec. 29, 2009.

Hartford (2-2) started this season with back-to-back losses but got back to .500 with wins over Fairfield and Fairleigh Dickinson this past week. Leading scorer Mark Nwakamma, a junior forward averaging 18.8 points on 54.2 percent shooting, had his lowest output of the season (14 points) in a 74-60 victory over FDU on Friday.

Nwakamma, a preseason first-team all-America East honoree, is the Hawks' only player averaging in double figures. Hartford is barely outpacing its opponents so far, averaging 66.3 points and allowing 65.0 per game.

Louisville blew out the Hawks 104-69 in the only previous meeting between the schools on Nov. 17, 2007.

The Cardinals will continue play in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn., against Fairfield. They might finally get their first matchup with a ranked team the next night if No. 24 North Carolina advances to the championship game.

Louisville likely won't have the chance to play another ranked team until visiting archrival and No. 4 Kentucky on Dec. 28.

Tagged: Louisville, Hartford

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by



NCAA BK Videos

Georgetown, Syracuse to renew CBK rivalry Posted: Jun 10, 2014
Georgetown basketball coach John Thompson III on the renewal of the rivalry betw...

Cuonzo Martin new head coach at Cal Posted: Apr 16, 2014
Cuonzo Martin is introduced as Cal's new head coach.

UConn tops Notre Dame in women's final Posted: Apr 09, 2014
Hear from Geno Auriemma and his players after their National Championship victor...

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/885881/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_885000/ff_885881_xl.jpg&w=100 74.95 Nike Florida Gators #1 Replica Elite Basketball Jersey - Black
    Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Georgetown_Hoyas/browse/featuredproduct/1030243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1030000/ff_1030243_xl.jpg&w=100 119.95 Nike Georgetown Hoyas #22 Hyper Elite Road Performance Jersey - Navy Blue
    Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Duke_Blue_Devils/browse/featuredproduct/1032710/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1032000/ff_1032710_xl.jpg&w=100 27.95 Nike Duke Blue Devils #5 Tourney Takeover Replica T-Shirt - Duke Blue
    Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oregon_Ducks/browse/featuredproduct/1052002/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052002_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Oregon Ducks X-Ray Ball T-Shirt - Green
    Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Ohio_State_Buckeyes/browse/featuredproduct/1052645/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1052000/ff_1052645_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Ohio State Buckeyes Road Warrior Tri-blend T-Shirt - Scarlet
    Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Indiana_Hoosiers/browse/featuredproduct/1124528/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1124000/ff_1124528_xl.jpg&w=100 19.95 Indiana Hoosiers 2013 NCAA Men\'s Basketball Road to March Madness T-Shirt - Cri..
    adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Louisville_Cardinals/browse/featuredproduct/1127200/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127200_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Louisville Cardinals 2013 March Madness #10 Premier Swingman Jersey - Red
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/1127218/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1127000/ff_1127218_xl.jpg&w=100 89.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2013 March Madness #45 Premier Swingman Jersey ..
    Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Gonzaga_Bulldogs/browse/featuredproduct/1155821/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1155000/ff_1155821_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Gonzaga Bulldogs March Madness Bracketville T-Shirt - Navy Blue
    Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Champions Adjustable Hat – Green http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Miami_Hurricanes/browse/featuredproduct/1177723/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1177000/ff_1177723_xl.jpg&w=100 25.95 Top of the World Miami Hurricanes 2013 NCAA ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Cham..