Monday , Jan , 15 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Cardinals host ranked Golden Eagles

Louisville, KY (Sports Network) – The Marquette Golden Eagles appear to be
one of the top teams in the Big East Conference, and they will attempt to
score a road win over the Louisville Cardinals, another outstanding squad.
Marquette enters this game on a major roll, as the team has won two straight
games and six of its last eight overall to improve to 15-4 on the year. The
Golden Eagles evened their league record at 2-2 on Saturday with an
impressive 81-63 thrashing of nationally- ranked West Virginia. Louisville has
won back-to-back contests and seven of its last eight tilts to improve to
12-5 overall and 2-1 conference action. On Saturday, the Cardinals
recorded a 78-63 decision over Providence, enabling them to move to 11-2
at home. Louisville owns a 34-23 lead in the all- time series with
Marquette, including a 67-60 overtime victory over the Golden Eagles last
season.

Marquette generated its best offensive output in well over a month in
the victory over West Virginia on Saturday. The Golden Eagles connected on
52.7 percent of their field goal attempts, including an 8-of-14 effort from
three- point range. They also racked up 19 assists and earned a 40-26
rebounding advantage. Dominic James scored 21 points, recorded five steals
and dished out six assists to lead Marquette to the victory. David
Cubillan pitched in 14 points off the bench on 5-of-5 shooting from the
floor, and Wesley Matthews added 13 points. Jerel McNeal showed off his
versatility by compiling 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. James
leads the team with 16.4 ppg and 87 assists, and McNeal adds 14.7 ppg and 60
steals. Matthews has been a solid contributor as well, as he is averaging 11.8
ppg.

Terrence Williams has emerged as a major force for Louisville in recent
weeks. He has been the top scorer for the club in three straight outings,
and he is coming off a stellar effort against Providence in which he scored 23
points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He is averaging 13.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg,
both of which are team highs, and the fact that he has more assists (65)
than any other player on the roster speaks to his tremendous versatility.
There is room for improvement, however, as Williams is only shooting 39.1
percent from the floor, including 25.3 percent from three-point range, and
he is just a 49.1 percent free throw shooter. The only other double-digit
scorer on the roster is Edgar Sosa with his 11.3 ppg. Sosa scored 20
points against Providence, and Louisville forced 26 turnovers in that
game to overcome a 45-32 rebounding disadvantage.

Louisville has the obvious advantage of playing at home, but Marquette is
the smart pick in this game. Expect the Golden Eagles to come up big, as
McNeal and James will carry the load.

LOUISVILLE MARQUETTE