Monday, January 12, 2009

Irish face Cards in Big Monday Showdown

Nick Shepkowski, Domer Sports Report

Notre Dame Men's Basketball
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Every time a college basketball fan has turned their head this month, a Big East showdown has been taking place. That trend gets no different tonight as the Fighting Irish head south to take on the Louisville Cardinals. The Irish, led by Luke Harangody (24 pts, 12 boards/game) and Kyle McAlarney (16.5 ppg) face a tough matchup in the Louisville Cardinals.

The Cardinals began the year ranked in the preseason top five in the nation but have struggled so far, going 11-3 so far this season while starting the Big East season 2-0 so far. The Cardinals bring in a much deeper lineup than the Irish but don't have quite the same upperclassmen leadership Notre Dame does. Earl Clark leads the Cardinals in scoring with just over 13 ppg while Samardo Samuels and Terrance Williams average over ten a game.

Louisville will look to slow things down a bit more than the Irish are used to. In order for Notre Dame to walk out of Louisville with a victory they better be ready to run the floor and not let Louisville get too comfortable in slowing things down.

With the Irish coming out a bit flat this weekend against Seton Hall I suspect they were looking ahead a bit to this Big Monday matchup. However, I feel that this being on the road will do the Irish in although they keep it very close.


Louisville 71 Notre Dame 68

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