Louisville Vs. Syracuse: No. 2 Orange Try To End Skid To Cardinals

The No. 2-ranked Syracuse Orange will try to snap a seven-game winning streak to the No. 19 Louisville Cardinals, who host a Big East Conference men's basketball "Big Monday" showdown (7 p.m. on ESPN) at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. The Orange (25-1, 12-1 Big East) have earned five straight victories, including two on the road, while the Cardinals (20-5, 8-4) have earned six consecutive wins.

On Saturday, Syracuse outscored the Connecticut Huskies 22-6 in the final 6 1/2 minutes to run away with a 85-57 victory at the Carrier Dome. Senior point guard Scoop Jardine netted a game-best 21 points including nine in the final six minutes to help SU cement the victory.

Sophomore forward C.J. Fair is coming off probably his best college game, as he tallied 14 points and collected a collegiate-best 12 rebounds, while sophomore guard Dion Waiters added 18 points.

Entering Monday's game, senior forward Kris Joseph is pacing the Orange in scoring with 14.3 points per game. In the last two, Joseph is averaging 22.0 ppg and is shooting a scorching 60-percent from 3-point land (9-for-15). Waiters in the second leading scorer averaging 12.4 ppg coming off the bench, while sophomore center Fab Melo is tallying team-best 5.5 rebounds per game and 3.0 blocks per game.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kris Joseph 26 30.9 4.8 10.9 44.0 1.6 4.2 37.3 3.1 4.1 76.4 1.5 3.3 4.8 1.8 1.1 1.3 0.6 1.5 14.3
Dion Waiters 26 23.2 4.7 9.6 48.8 1.0 2.9 34.2 2.0 2.9 69.7 0.5 1.6 2.1 2.7 1.3 2.1 0.3 1.7 12.4
Brandon Triche 26 22.3 3.3 7.7 43.3 1.3 3.6 37.6 1.6 1.8 87.5 0.8 1.5 2.3 2.9 1.4 1.2 0.2 1.2 9.7
Scoop Jardine 26 23.3 3.4 6.7 50.9 0.9 2.6 35.3 1.0 1.8 52.1 0.5 1.7 2.1 4.9 2.1 1.4 0.1 0.7 8.7
C.J. Fair 26 26.1 3.3 6.9 47.2 0.2 0.7 27.8 1.9 2.7 71.0 1.9 3.5 5.4 1.0 0.8 1.0 0.5 1.3 8.6
Fabricio Melo 23 23.2 3.3 5.8 57.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.6 61.1 2.6 2.9 5.5 0.6 1.5 0.4 3.1 3.0 7.7
James Southerland 26 15.8 2.8 5.9 47.1 1.0 3.0 32.9 0.6 0.9 66.7 0.9 2.2 3.1 0.4 0.4 0.8 0.8 1.2 7.2
Rakeem Christmas 26 12.2 1.2 2.2 57.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 1.0 61.5 1.2 1.9 3.1 0.2 0.7 0.3 0.8 1.9 3.1
Michael Carter-Williams 22 11.4 1.1 2.5 42.9 0.3 0.7 37.5 0.5 1.0 57.1 0.4 1.3 1.6 2.2 0.7 0.8 0.3 1.0 3.0
Mookie Jones 7 5.4 0.9 3.1 27.3 0.7 2.4 29.4 0.4 0.7 60.0 0.1 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.1 0.7 0.0 0.1 2.9
Baye Moussa Keita 25 13.1 1.0 1.4 76.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.8 75.0 1.1 1.6 2.7 0.1 0.4 0.2 1.0 2.0 2.7
Matt Tomaszewski 10 1.9 0.5 0.9 55.6 0.4 0.7 57.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 1.4
Albert Nassar 2 1.0 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
Brandon Reese 12 1.5 0.1 0.5 16.7 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4 0.6 71.4 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.6
Griffin Hoffmann 9 0.9 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3
Matt Lyde-Cajuste 9 1.1 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
Nick Resavy 11 1.4 0.1 0.4 25.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
Russ DeRemer 3 1.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0
Nolan Hart 2 1.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Meanwhile, the Cardinals have be scorching as of late, winning their last six contests after dropping five of their first seven Big East games.

On Saturday, Louisville downed the West Virginia Mountaineers, 77-74, in a tight battle at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV.

Louisvile enter's Monday game with five players five players averaging in double figures with senior guard Kyle Kuric leading the way with 13.2 ppg. Wayne Blackshear is second-best netting 13.0 ppg, while freshman Gorgui Dieng is posting 10.1 ppg, and leads the team in rebounding (9.2) and block shots (3.2).


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Kyle Kuric 23 36.3 4.6 10.0 45.5 2.1 5.9 36.3 2.0 2.4 80.4 1.3 3.5 4.8 1.2 1.3 1.3 0.4 2.3 13.2
Wayne Blackshear 1 20.0 5.0 9.0 55.6 3.0 5.0 60.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 13.0
Russ Smith 24 21.7 4.3 11.1 38.2 1.2 3.9 30.1 2.6 3.5 74.7 0.6 2.0 2.7 2.2 2.2 2.3 0.0 3.1 12.3
Chris Smith 25 27.9 3.2 7.6 42.6 1.8 4.1 43.1 2.3 3.0 75.0 1.0 2.8 3.8 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 1.3 10.5
Gorgui Dieng 25 31.2 4.0 6.9 57.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 3.2 68.4 3.8 5.4 9.2 1.2 2.0 1.1 3.2 3.3 10.1
Chane Behanan 25 25.1 3.5 7.4 47.6 0.2 1.2 16.7 2.2 3.5 61.4 2.9 4.9 7.8 0.9 2.2 0.8 0.4 2.0 9.4
Peyton Siva 23 31.0 2.8 7.3 37.9 0.4 2.1 18.4 2.5 3.4 74.4 0.3 2.2 2.5 5.7 3.4 1.8 0.1 3.1 8.5
Mike Marra 2 12.5 2.5 4.0 62.5 0.5 2.0 25.0 0.5 1.0 50.0 0.5 2.0 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 6.0
Rakeem Buckles 11 13.5 1.5 3.4 43.2 0.2 0.5 40.0 0.9 1.6 55.6 1.6 2.2 3.8 0.3 1.4 0.6 0.2 1.8 4.0
Jared Swopshire 24 13.4 1.4 3.5 41.0 0.1 0.6 20.0 0.8 1.3 62.5 0.8 2.1 2.8 0.4 0.6 0.4 0.3 1.2 3.8
Angel Nunez 9 5.6 0.9 2.0 44.4 0.7 1.4 46.2 0.2 0.4 50.0 0.2 0.7 0.9 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.2 0.0 2.7
Mark Jackson Jr. 3 4.0 0.7 1.3 50.0 0.3 0.3 100.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.7
Stephan Van Treese 3 6.7 0.3 1.0 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.3 50.0 1.3 0.7 2.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.3 1.7 1.3
Elisha Justice 16 6.1 0.6 1.4 39.1 0.1 0.6 10.0 0.1 0.1 100.0 0.1 0.5 0.6 0.5 0.7 0.4 0.0 0.9 1.3
Tim Henderson 11 5.2 0.4 1.0 36.4 0.3 0.6 42.9 0.3 0.5 50.0 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.5 0.5 0.1 0.0 0.6 1.3
Kevin Ware 14 6.1 0.4 1.6 26.1 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.6 33.3 0.2 0.5 0.7 0.6 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.7 1.1
Zach Price 11 6.0 0.4 1.0 36.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.9 20.0 0.5 0.7 1.3 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.2 1.5 0.9

Overall, the Cardinals are second in the league in rebounding (39.1 rpg).

The Orange enter the game as 2 1/2-point favorites and searching for their first victory over the Cardinal since the 2006-'07 season.

For more post-game Syracuse vs. Louisville, check back to this StoryStream.

Check out, the SB Nation's blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician to discuss everything on the Orange, while the Card Chronicle is all about Louisville. Make sure to follow us on Twitter at SBNationNY or JaredSmithCNY.

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