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Lefkoe's Big East Blog: A closer look at U of L's matchups

by Adam Lefkoe

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 5:26 AM

(WHAS11) -- Coach Pitino entered Thursday night with some concern.  How would his team respond after a double-bye?  A career-high 22 points for Mike Marra, a near triple double for Preston Knowles, and a 25-point victory over Marquette provided plenty of relief.

The Cards started out slow, falling behind 11-2 just minutes into the game, but Mike Marra provided a major spark with a few stellar defensive plays and a trifecta of triples.  The Cardinals' defense has been suffocating as of late, last night it left Marquette breathless.

Marquette was shut down....29.8% from the field, 20% from beyond the arc, and only 13 offensive rebounds. Even when the Golden Eagles tried to mount a comeback in the second half, Chris Smith scored a quick five points to put the Cards ahead safely by 15 points.

Friday is an interesting matchup for the Cards.  They'll be taking on a team with great spacing, great passing, and a number of great shooters from the outside.  Sounds like a Louisville practice.  Notre Dame shares a similar philosophy with Louisville, except their depth has been replaced with senior leadership; should be an absolute Shoot-Out at MSG Friday. 

Tune in to GMK on Saturday for complete highlights and breakdown!

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