California Golden Bears vs. Louisville Cardinals

California Golden Bears vs. Louisville Cardinals

California Golden Bears vs. Louisville Cardinals


2010-03-20

The number eight and number nine seeds of the South Region will meet up this evening in first round action of the NCAA Tournament at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, when the California Golden Bears battle the Louisville Cardinals, tipoff is scheduled at 9:45 pm eastern time.


The Cardinals will be making their 37th appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing with a 20 - 12 record. As for the Golden Bears, they won the Pac-10 regular season title, but the team fell to Washington in the PAC-10 conference tournament. However, despite the loss to the Huskies, the Bears still finished with an impressive 23 - 10 mark on the season.


This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools on the court, and the winner will move into the second round where they will take on either Arkansas-Pine Bluff or Duke.


Louisville Cardinals:


The Cardinals have enjoyed plenty of success at the offensive end of the court this year, as the team comes into this tournament averaging 76.3 points per game, behind a good 44.7 percent shooting effort.


Edgar Sosa needs to have a solid game tonight if the Cardinals are looking to move forward in the tournament. Sosa is second for the Cards with 13.3 points per game, and his 145 assists are more than double those of runner up Preston Knowles (71). Another player to look out for is Samardo Samuels, who has been a dominating force in the paint on the season for Louisville, as the forward is leading the team with 15.3 points per game and 7 rebounds per game.


California Golden Bears:


The Golden Bears were one of the most dangerous scoring teams in the Pac-10 and now California will put its offensive play to the test against the best teams in the country. Coming into this meeting with Louisville the Golden Bears are averaging a healthy 78 points per game, behind a respectable 47.7 percent shooting effort.


The key to the Bears success is Jerome Randleís play Friday night. Randle leads the Bears with 18.7 points a game, and his 147 assists are nearly double the total of Jorge Gutierrez, who is second on the team with 75. But Randle canít do it alone; the company around him is also very underrated. Patrick Christopher teams up with Randle in the backcourt, and has been just as important to Cal's success, as the guard is posting 16 points per game, while also grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game. Working hard in the frontcourt has been Theo Robertson and Jamal Boykin, as Robertson is gaining 14.1 points per game, while Boykin is putting in 12 points per game, to go along with team best 6.7 rebounds per game.


After looking at the line at www.sportsbook.com the Louisville Cardinals are currently 1 point underdogs, but this game can go either. I would stay away from this game, well at least stay away from putting money on a winner or loser. What I like about this game is the over, with both teams having multiple scorers and little defense this should be one of the highest games in the tournament.


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