Louisville Western Kentucky
Points Per Game 77.1 (26th) 68.4 (142nd)
Avg Scoring Margin +24.2 (5th) -0.3 (166th)
Field Goal % 44.0% (131st) 43.1% (166th)
Rebound Rate 56.8% (11th) 50.7% (145th)
Blocks Per Game 6.6 (10th) 3.4 (171st)
Steals Per Game 11.1 (2nd) 4.3 (332nd)
Assists Per Game 13.0 (130th) 14.0 (83rd)
Turnovers Per Game 14.2 (246th) 14.9 (282nd)
Opponent Turnovers Per Game 19.3 (5th) 12.0 (264th)
Team Fouls Per Game 18.4 (147th) 19.0 (186th)
2-point FG% 52.6% (48th) 47.9% (166th)
3-point FG% 27.5% (313th) 35.0% (135th)
Free Throw % 60.4% (330th) 68.2% (179th)
Opponent Shooting % 34.1% (6th) 42.30% (145th)
Opponent 2-point FG% 38.1% (9th) 45.7% (119th)
Opponent 3-point FG% 26.0% (10th) 35.8% (247th)
Opponent Block Per Game 2.1 (25th) 3.1 (118th)
Opponent Steals Per Game 7.4 (280th) 7.0 (253rd)
*351 teams Play Division 1

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino on Western Kentucky
“More than anything we had some work to do to get ready for the road game. What we like to do right before conference play is go into a hostile environment, last year it was Kentucky and now it’s Western Kentucky, to get ready for conference play. It is going to be a very difficult game, they have a senior team, they are playing great basketball right now. The young man Price, their small forward, is playing outstanding. They shoot the ball real well and they have Fant inside, another senior – great size. So we have our work cut out for us getting ready for this first road game.”

“They are a pattern team and a great shooting team. They were down 18 at Ole Miss, a very good team this year, and came back and won the game because they shoot the three great. They like to control the tempo of the game. We have been a good road team the last three years, now this is a new team because of seven new guys that don’t understand the road but the veterans do. I think we are ready to bring it, we’ve had good practices and we mixed in a little recruiting – just got back from the West Coast. So we are ready to go.”

“We play them because of the amount of respect we have for their tradition and their basketball abilities. Why start a series with say a Memphis or Cincinnati when you’ve got a great school right down the road in state with unbelievable tradition. Why not do that? That is what I have always believed in and Western Kentucky is one of the great traditions in college basketball. They have played very well ever since Ralph Willard took over there, they went through a bunch of coaches and that have had great success. We like playing them certainly, we believe in their tradition and it’s great for the state.”

(On Ray Harper) “This is his dream job and he has done an outstanding job with it. He has a terrific team this year. They can shoot the heck out of it and they have outstanding talent and size. It’s going to be a sold out place. We know what it’s like going in there. We have had tough games with them, we have pulled away at the end in Nashville and last season at home. They played us tough here at home last year.”

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