Friday, November 15, 2013

FanSided.com Cornell-Louisville Preview




What: Cornell at Louisville Cardinals
When: 7:00 PM ET, November 15, 2013
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Coverage: ESPN3

Prior to the opening of the 2013-14 college basketball season, Louisville Cardinals power forward Chane Behanan was indefinitely suspended and was no longer even living in the dorms the basketball players reside in. Head Coach Rick Pitino made it sound as though Behanon may not return at all this year, but as it turns out, he’s now back with the team and should play significant minutes tonight.
Behanan, a junior, averaged  9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season, helping the Cardinals win the NCAA National Championship. Behanan also served a suspension at the beginning of last season. Behanan got 14 minutes off the bench against Hofstra and went 2/4 from the field with one rebound. Transfer Chris Jones took over the point guard spot from the departed Peyton Siva and is fitting right in with an average of 16 points and six assists.
The Cards also got Luke Hancock back from an Achilles injury this past week. Hancock became a star at the Final Four but it was guard Russ Smith who carried the team with his scoring at times last season, and he already looks like he’s in midseason form after scoring 30 points in a win over Hofstra on Tuesday.
“I just think he shot the ball well,” coach Rick Pitino said. “I think he is a remarkable basketball player.”
The Big Red are already 0-3 but put up a fight at Syracuse in their season opener last Friday. Cornell held a 14-point lead on Syracuse and were up 38-32 at the half before being run off the floor in the second half and suffering an 82-60 loss.

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