Tonight at 9:00 pm in the ‘Nati, the SEC/Big East Invitational continues its slate of lackluster match-ups when the Ole Miss Rebels (7-3) ride into town to face the ninth ranked Louisville Cardinals (6-1). This game is important for the Cards on many levels. They need to have a better showing on a neutral floor than they did a few weeks back in their lone loss to Western Kentucky and they need to secure a win over a BCS conference team, something currently missing from their early season resume.
The Rebels, coming off an unimpressive 85-81 home win over Alabama State in their most recent contest are looking for a much needed statement win over a top 10 team.
Ole Miss is lead by junior guard David Huertas, once recruited by the Cardinals, averaging 21.0 PPG. Quite frankly, this game will come down to one thing, three point defense. The Rebels average over seven made threes a game and shoot over 38% from behind the arc. But, if Louisville can get back to defending the three then Ole Miss will be in trouble.
Louisville has more talent, has the better coach, and should have the crowd advantage. I expect a big night from T-Will and Earl Clark, as this will be the first national television broadcast for Louisville and those two will likely want to announce their presence as premier players in the country.
My favorite play-by-play man Dan Schulman will be calling this game alongside Bob Knight. Whatever your thoughts are regarding Bob Knight’s methods as a coach, he is extremely good at analyzing the game because he talks about what actually happens on the court unlike other broadcasters.
Win or lose, this game will be an enjoyable night for Louisville fans because we will no longer have to listen to that cordless powertool Ari Wolfe. And just to clarify, many people think I hate Ari Wolfe and that is not the case. The correct way to summarize my feelings towards Ari would be to say I dislike him with extreme prejudice. Peter Tom will provide the recap as well as the preview for Saturday’s contest against the Fighting Tubby Smiths of Minnesota.
Rolf’s Prophecy – Louisville 77 Ole Miss 62