The Louisville men’s basketball team leaves home for the first time this season to compete in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, starting against No. 9/10 Arkansas at 5 p.m. ET Monday in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
The Cardinals have opened the season with three consecutive one-point losses to Bellarmine, Wright State and Appalachian State. Arkansas is 3-0 after beating North Dakota State, Fordham and South Dakota State at home.
Louisville is 4-3 all-time against the Razorbacks, including a 3-2 mark on neutral courts – four of them in the NCAA Tournament.
#9/10 Arkansas (3-0) vs. Louisville (0-3)
November 21, 2022 | 5 p.m. ET
Lahaina Civic Center | Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Watch: ESPN2 (Dan Shulman, pxp | Jay Bilas, analysis)
Live Stats: Maui Tournament Stats
• Louisville has participated in the Maui Invitational three times before in 1989, 2000 and 2004. The Cardinals are 5-4 all-time in the event and 21-11 overall in the state of Hawaii.
• UofL has won 45 of its last 101 games against AP ranked opponents. The Cardinals are 62-69 against Top 25 teams over the last 12 years, as well as 23-33 against Top 10 teams over that span.
• Louisville is the first team since at least 1980 to lose its first three games of the season by one point each, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Including last year’s 51-50 loss to Virginia in the ACC Tournament, the Cardinals are the first team to lose four straight games overall by one point since Stetson in 1981-82.
• Per Ken Pomeroy, Louisville is 338th in the country in Division I experience with an average of 0.91 years.
• Through three games, the Cardinals have been outscored by a combined 113-92 in the first half, but have outscored their opponents 106-88 in the second half.
• Senior guard El Ellis’ 72 points are the most by a Louisville player in the first three games of a season since Wes Unseld had 101 points against Georgetown College (45), Kansas (20), and Northwestern (36) to open the 1967-68 season. Ellis is the first Cardinal to score at least 29 points in back-to-back games since Reece Gaines (current team video coordinator) did it against TCU and Marquette on March 6-7, 2002. Ellis was tied for eighth in the country in scoring (24 ppg) as of Saturday.
HISTORY VS. ARKANSAS (UofL Leads 4-3)
Last Meeting: Louisville 96, Arkansas 66
Nov. 17, 2009 | St. Louis (Hall of Fame Showcase)
Reginald Delk scored 20 points in a reserve role to double his previous career high and sparked key surges in both halves, helping No. 20 Louisville open with a 96-66 victory over depleted Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase.
Jared Swopshire added 10 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Rotnei Clarke had 16 points for Arkansas.
Delk, who scored his 20 points in 22 minutes, had a pair of 3-pointers in the final 4 1/2 minutes of the first half as the Cardinals outscored Arkansas 20-5 and seemingly took control with a 48-31 cushion.
Arkansas scored 14 straight points to open the second half while Louisville was 0-for-6, cutting the deficit to 48-45. The Cardinals answered with 10 straight points, seven from Delk, and pulled away from there.
Louisville was 15 for 38 from 3-point range, behind Delk (4 for 5), Preston Knowles (3-for-5) and Jerry Smith (4-for-10).
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