Preview: Louisville - Nebraska Omaha




Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (116-15 in 8th year)
Television: ACC Network Extra (available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN on the Watch ESPN app) Kent Taylor, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (Sirius channel 81, XM 81, Internet 81)
Series History: First meeting
UofL National Ranking: 16th USA Today, 18th Associated Press
Officials: Bill Covington, Jr., Pat Driscoll, Tony Chiazza
Next UofL Game: Nov. 21 vs. Southern Illinois, KFC Yum! Center, 7 p.m. ET (Regional Sports Networks)

Louisville will play its second of four straight home games to open the season when it faces the University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks on Friday. UofL interim head coach David Padgett gained his first career coaching victory when the Cardinals opened their season with a 72-61 victory over George Mason last Sunday.

Deng Adel led UofL with 20 points while freshman guard Darius Perry added 17 points, three assists and two steals off the bench. Quentin Snider and Jordan Nwora each added 10 points for UofL.

Omaha has lost its first three games of the season: 89-80 in overtime at Montana State on Nov. 10; 109-89 at Oklahoma on Nov. 12; and 103-71 at New Mexico on Nov. 14, its third game in five days. Last season, Omaha posted an 18-14 record and reached the championship game of the Summit League tournament.

The Mavericks return a pair of starters. Junior forward Mitch Hahn, a Summit League All-Newcomer selection last year, averaged 11.6 points per game last season with 20 double-figure scoring efforts. Junior guard Zach Jackson (10.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg) scored in double figures on 21 occasions. Omaha has eight newcomers on its roster, including six freshmen.


Perry's Impressive Debut — Freshman guard Darius Perry totaled 17 points, three assists, two steals and did not miss a shot (3-of-3 three-pointers, 8-of-8 free throws) as the Cardinals beat George Mason 72-61 in the UofL's season opener. Perry's point total was the fifth-highest ever in a freshman debut at Louisville and was tied for the sixth-highest in scoring effort in a career scoring debut at Louisville. The person he is tied with at 17 points is his coach, David Padgett, who also scored 17 in his UofL debut as a player against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 3, 2005. Perry scored 12 of his points in the second half, including making four free throws in the last 1:03 of the game. Perry played well defensively as well. Fellow freshman Jordan Nwora scored 10 points and grabbed three rebounds in 14 minutes of action, connecting on 3-of-3 three-pointers.

Season Openers -- After beating George Mason on Nov. 12, UofL has won its last 14 straight season openers and 23 of its last 25. The Cardinals have won their last 17 consecutive home openers. The Cards have posted a 71-33 record in all-time season openers (48-13 home, 10-15 away, 13-5 neutral). UofL's game against George Mason was the 10th time in the last 12 seasons that the Cardinals have opened their season at home. It was the fifth-earliest season opener ever for the Cardinals.

Adel Paces Cards — Deng Adel scored 20 points to lead the Cardinals in their season opening victory against George Mason, adding four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. It was the third 20-point scoring effort of his career and third in his last six games stretching back to the end of last season. It was two points less than the career-high 22 points he scored at Wake Forest and his 26th career double figure scoring effort. A preseason All-ACC selection (second team), Adel is one of 32 individuals included on the prestigious preseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which includes a nation-leading eight representatives from the ACC. He is one of 50 players to watch for the
Citizen Naismith Trophy player of the year award.

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