Tuesday , Dec , 05 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Cardinals and Wildcats meet in Jimmy V Classic

New York, NY (Sports Network) – In what figures to be a highly-competitive
affair, the 14th-ranked Arizona Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals will meet
tonight at Madison Square Garden as part of the Jimmy V Classic.

Arizona got off to a bit of a disappointing start this season, as it
dropped a three-point decision to Virginia in the opener. Since then, the
Wildcats have posted five consecutive victories, all by double figures. On
Saturday, the club knocked off a solid Illinois squad by an 84-72 final.

Louisville has only played three games thus far, and the club rebounded from
a loss to Dayton with a 99-69 triumph over Sacramento State on Saturday.
Rick Pitino’s team will play a weak non-conference schedule prior to
the start of Big East play, as the lone exceptions are tonight’s tilt
and an upcoming clash with Kentucky.

Louisville holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series with Arizona, but the
teams have not met since 1994.

In the 30-point win over Sacramento State last time out, Louisville shot 56.9
percent from the floor, including 8-of-15 from three-point range. The
Cardinals also dished out 28 assists and limited the Hornets to 36.4 percent
shooting while forcing them into 21 turnovers. Juan Palacios and Edgar Sosa
scored 16 points apiece in the victory, and Palacios pulled down 10 rebounds
as well. Jerry Smith netted 15 points, and Brandon Jenkins pitched in 13
points. The fifth and final double-digit scorer was Earl Clark with 10 points
off the bench. Smith is currently leading Louisville at the offensive end with
17.3 ppg on 59.3 percent shooting, and Palacios is posting 13.7 ppg and 9.0
rpg. Sosa is netting 13.0 ppg for the Cardinals, who are scoring 87.7 ppg.
Explosive guard Andre McGee is sidelined with a knee injury, and the team will
benefit when he returns a few weeks down the road.

Every starter played at least 33 minutes for Arizona in the win over Illinois,
and all five scored in double figures. Chase Budinger led the charge with 22
points, and he was tops on the boards as well with eight rebounds. Marcus
Williams pitched in 20 points, and Mustafa Shakur netted 16 points to go along
with eight assists. Rounding out the group with 13 points apiece were Jawann
McClellan and Ivan Radenovic. The Wildcats connected on 52.0 percent of their
field goal attempts in the tilt and earned a 26-5 advantage in points from the
foul line. Budinger is scoring 19.8 ppg on 59.2 percent shooting through six
outings, and he is pulling down 7.7 rpg as well. Radenovic is netting 18.2
ppg, and Williams is posting 17.0 ppg. McClellan (14.3 ppg) and Shakur (12.2
ppg) have scored consistently as well, and Shakur has dished out 50 assists
against 19 turnovers. The Wildcats are racking up 92.0 ppg on 53.3 percent
efficiency from the floor.