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BOZICH: Three Straight Louisville Losses Rare in Big East: UK Big Over LSU

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Both Louisville and Kentucky are favored to bounce back from losses on Saturday. Both Louisville and Kentucky are favored to bounce back from losses on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A week ago the University of Louisville basketball team was trying to settle in as the top-ranked team in college basketball. Saturday in Washington D.C., the Cards will try to avoid a three-game losing streak when they play Georgetown at noon.

This is Louisville's eighth season in the Big East. How many times have the Cards lost three straight conference games?

Twice – in January 2010 to Villanova, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall; and again in January 2006 to Pittsburgh, St. John's and Connecticut.

The Cards lost back-to-back games in the league twice last season, but their losing streak never reached three.

After playing the Hoyas, Louisville returns home for Pittsburgh Monday night. Eric Crawford and Pat Doney are scheduled to be in Washington D.C. Saturday and will have complete coverage on WDRB 41 during the 10 p.m. news as well as at WDRB.com.

How many times has U of L lost four straight Big East games?

Never.

*How good is Georgetown?

Joe Lunardi gave the Hoyas a 10-seed in his latest Bracketology on Tuesday, the day after Georgetown thumped Notre Dame, 63-47, in South Bend, a dazzling achievement. It was the fewest points the Fighting Irish had scored at home since the first season of the Digger Phelps Era – when UCLA limited Notre Dame to 32 in January 1972.

Georgetown coach John Thompson III has developed the second-best three-point shooting team in the Big East. The Hoyas have stroked 12 of 27 threes in their last two games. Freshman D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Indianapolis native who was recruited by U of L, has averaged 15 points the last two games, making four of nine three-pointers.

*The Cards remain a 5-point favorite. Ken Pomeroy likes U of L, 63-56, with a 75 percent win probability. Jeff Sagarin's numbers also favor U of L by five.

*Kentucky, meanwhile, is a 17-point favorite to handle Louisiana State in Rupp Arena Saturday at 4 p.m. Pomeroy likes the Wildcats, 81-63, with a 93 percent win probability. Sagarin says UK by, surprise, surprise, 17.

*The Wildcats lost at Alabama Tuesday. Kentucky has lost consecutive Southeastern Conference games one time during John Calipari's 3 ½ seasons – a two-point loss at Ole Miss, followed by a two-point loss at Florida in February 2011.

*LSU is looking at its fourth consecutive season without an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers (10-6 overall and 1-4 in the SEC) have not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since the 2008-09 season.

Anthony Hickey, Mr. Basketball in Kentucky two seasons ago, leads the nation in steals, averaging 3.86 per game. Hickey had eight steals when LSU rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Texas A&M in Baton Rouge Wednesday.

*Look for LSU to rely on the three-point shot as its major weapon. The Tigers rank first in the SEC in three-point field goal attempts per game, launching an average of 22.5. They average making 33.9 percent.

*John Calipari Quote of the Day: "I keep telling them, ‘you know why nobody cares about your problems? Because they have their own problems. They don't care about your problems.' "

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