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UNI vs. Louisville

KeyArena

5 UNI (31-3) vs. 4 Louisville (25-8)

  • Time: 8:40 p.m. Sunday
  • Location: KeyArena, Seattle
  • TV: TBS
  • Radio: KXEL (1540 AM), Sirius 93, XM 203
  • Live stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/statmonitr/?id=87745
  • Line: UNI -2.5, Over/under: 119
  • Officials: Doug Sirmons, Jeff Anderson, Mike Scyphers
  • Series: Louisville won the only other matchup between the two teams.
  • Previous meeting: Louisville held on for a 51-46 victory in the first round of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis.
  • Last time out: UNI advanced with a 71-54 victory over Wyoming; Louisville sneaked past UC Irvine, 57-55.
  • What to watch: UNI will have to contend with Louisville's full-court pressure. The Cardinals force turnovers on 21.4 percent of their opponents' possessions, which ranks 24th nationally. In the only other meeting between the two schools, 21 turnovers were UNI's undoing.
  • Notes: Matt Bohannon was questionable entering Sunday due to a dislocated left index finger but is listed in the starting lineup for the 35th consecutive game. UNI has a school-record 31 wins and is looking for its fifth win in the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers are 1-1 all-time in the round of 32 after advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2010. UNI ranks fourth in the nation for giving up 54.3 points per game and is 30-1 when holding opponents to 65 points or less. Paul Jesperson scored 16 points off the UNI bench Friday against Wyoming and the Panthers forged a 41-2 advantage in bench points. The reserves have scored 30 or more points in 13 games this season. Seth Tuttle has been named a second team All-American by several publications and leads the Panthers in points (15.3 per game), rebounds (6.8) and assists (3.3). Wes Washpun is the second-leading scorer at 7.7 points per game, but UNI has eight players averaging at least 4.9 points and 17.3 minutes. Today is Deon Mitchell's 22nd birthday! ... Louisville is looking to advance to its fourth-straight Sweet 16 and for the 21st time overall. The Cardinals have reached the Sweet 16 five of 10 times as a 4-seed. Head coach Rick Pitino is 51-17 overall in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks second among active coaches in winning percentage. Quentin Snider scored a career high 16 points with five rebounds and sank the winning free throws with 8.9 seconds remaining in Friday's victory over UC-Irvine. Louisville ranks 13th in the country for blocking 9.9 percent of opponents' shots. The Cardinals have an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 percent to rank 37th. The Cardinals are making just 30.5 percent of its 3-pointers while UNI is hitting on 40 percent. Terry Rozier is the leading scorer at 17.0 points per game and has 4.3 assists per game since Chris Jones was dismissed from the team Feb. 23. Jones scored 13.7 points per game, but Louisville is 4-2 in his absence.
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