Thursday, March 19, 2009

Show Me My Opponent - Morehead State Eagles

NAME: Morehead State University
LOCATION: Morehead, Kentucky


MASCOT: Eagles

CONFERENCE: Ohio Valley Conference

DATE: Friday, March 20, 2009
TIME: 7:10 pm EST

SITE: Dayton, Ohio at UD Arena
TELEVISION: CBS; Verne Lundquist play-by-play, Bill (Onions!) Raftery commentary
RADIO: WHAS 840 AM; Paul Rogers play-by-play, Bob Valvano commentary


SERIES HISTORY: Louisville leads 10-0

LAST MEETING: Louisville 79, Morehead State 41; November 22, 2008 at Freedom Hall

HEAD COACH: Donnie Tyndall (3rd Season)

ASSISTANTS: Barry Wortman, Chris Moore, Joel Vanmeter


SEED: 16 in the Midwest Region
NATIONAL RANKING: N/A (I know, it’s a debacle.)

RPI: 141
SOS: 189

SPREAD: Louisville minus 21

Former Morehead and NFL QB Phil Simms’ son Matt is a former Card, and one of the 18 University of Louisville football players who has quit, transferred, or been booted from the team during the Kragthorpe era.
Phil Simms (former New York Giants QB and Super Bowl XXI MVP, CBS analyst)
Kristie Hicks (former Miss Kentucky)
Lori Menshouse (former Miss Kentucky)
Bob McCann (played five seasons in NBA)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens head coach)
Billy Ray Cyrus (musician/actor – and I use both terms loosely)

F 1 Maze Stallworth 6’3, 210 12.0 ppg, 4.1 apg

F 33 Leon Buchanan 6’5 210 15.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg

C 35 Kenneth Faried 6’8 215 13.9 ppg, 13.1 rpg

G 15 Brandon Shingles 6’3 175 5.0 ppg 2.7 rpg 3.5 apg

G 22 DeMonte Harper 6’2 175 10.8 ppg 4.1 rpg 3.5 apg

BENCH: Robert Murray 8.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.4 apg; Terrence Hill 4.0 ppg


The Cards had no problem when the Eagles came to visit back in November to kick off the 2008-09 season. Samardo had a big game, going 8-12 for 18 points as Louisville came out roaring in the second half, scoring 50 points, and cruising to a 79-41 victory. 12 Cards scored as Pitino emptied the bench. Pandemonium swept the streets.

While that was then, this is now. Both teams have vastly improved since the season’s commencement. The Eagles won four straight, including taking the Ohio Valley Conference title to earn its NCAA berth. And Kenneth Faried is a beast on the glass, averaging more than 13 boards per game. Second only to a guy named Blake Griffin.

Yeah, yeah. I know what you’re thinking: “TC, c’mon man. It’s friggin Morehead State. And a No. 16 has never beaten a No. 1. And the Cards are playing their best ball right now. And we got Preston, TC. Preston!”

I hear you. But Rob pays me (ha!) to show you our opponent. So, (a) stop judging, and (b) we don’t go to Round 2 til we get through Round 1. That's why they play the games, folks. And it’s clear Morehead is one of the top 3 teams in the state. So let’s stay focused, take nothing for granted, get off to a good, solid start to the tourney, and do this thing tomorrow night.

I’m saying Louisville 84, Morehead State 58.

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