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Houston (17-15) vs. (5) Louisville (27-5)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 14, 7 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: FedExForum (18,119) -- Memphis, Tennessee. Television: ESPN. Home Record: Houston 12-4, Louisville 16-2. Away Record: Houston 3-9, Louisville 9-2. Neutral Record: Houston 2-2, Louisville 2-1. Conference Record: Houston 7-10, Louisville 15-3. Series Record: Louisville leads, 15-5.

GAME NOTES: A surprising matchup will get the American Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals started, as the Louisville Cardinals receive a challenge from the Houston Cougars.

In a major upset in the tournament, Houston knocked off SMU, 68-64, in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Both teams had received a bye in the first round, but the Cougars, who were routed in a 104-83 final in the regular-season finale by UCF, were the better unit, earning their fifth win in the last six games overall.

The second-seeded Cardinals, who actually tied for the regular-season title, but lost out on the top seed due to a coin flip, made quite a statement in the quarterfinals, blowing past seventh-seeded Rutgers, 92-31. They have now won 10 of their last 11 games, with the only loss in that time being a 72-66 setback to Memphis at FedExForum.

An already uphill battle is made that much tougher for Houston, considering it was defeated by an average of 27 points in a season series sweep versus Louisville this season. The Cardinals have won 15 of 20 all-time encounters, with the victor this time advancing to the AAC title game against either Cincinnati or Connecticut.

Houston trailed by 10 points early in the second half against SMU, but it clawed its way back and claimed a five-point lead with 4:37 to play on a Thomas jumper. The advantage was dropped to three with 31 seconds to play following free throws from SMU's Nic Moore. The Mustangs fouled on the ensuing inbounds play, but Danuel House missed the front end of a one-and-one, opening the door for SMU. However, TaShawn Thomas shut it at the other end when he blocked Markus Kennedy's layup attempt.

Thomas (15.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 86 blocks) is normally the force that powers the Cougars, but he was out of sorts at the end of the regular season, finishing with only eight points in the final two contests. He woke up for 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the way against SMU. Lending scoring support are House (13.7 ppg) and Jherrod Stiggers (11.2 ppg). L.J. Rose (9 ppg, 5.6 apg) is also an important part of the offensive attack, as he leads the AAC in assists. Rose had 16 points against the Ponies, and House chipped in with 11.

Louisville was devastating on defense against Rutgers on Thursday. The Cardinals outscored the Scarlet Knights 44-5 off of turnovers, collecting 19 steals and forcing 31 miscues in all. Chris Jones scored 18 points and Russ Smith added 16 to lead five players in double figures.

Smith (17.5 ppg, 4.8 apg) is extremely dangerous as a scorer, finding ways to get shots off from all over the court. He was an important piece of last year's national title run and has excelled this season, ranking fourth in the AAC in scoring and third in assists, showing great strides in sharing the ball. Montrezl Harrell (14 ppg, 8.2 rpg) has been dominating opposing teams in the paint all season, hitting a league-best 61.1 percent of his shots from the floor. The talent-rich squad, which leads the league in scoring (82.1 ppg), also gets plenty of help from Luke Hancock (11.9 pg) and Jones (10.5 ppg). The Cardinals are much more than an offensive juggernaut, however, limiting teams to 60.8 ppg on just 39.3 percent field goal efficiency.

The Cougars deserve credit for an impressive win over SMU. However, the Cardinals are firing on all cylinders with one goal in mind, and Houston is just another team in the way.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Louisville 83, Houston 67

03/14 10:32:53 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
Final
DET 15
BAL 2
 
Final
MIA 7
MIAFLA 1
 
Final
PHI 5
NYY 5
 
Final
BOS 2
NEASTERN 1
 
Final
TOR 7
PIT 8
 
Final
CIN 10
CLE 0
 
Final
OAK 9
SFG 4
 
Final
BOS 1
BOSTONCOLL 0
 
Final
ARI 4
ASU 0
 
Final
CLE 110
BOS 79
Final
CHA 104
LAL 103
Final
NYK 86
SAC 124
Final
ATL 104
HOU 96
Final
MEM 82
UTA 93
Final
CHI 97
WAS 92
4th
DEN 103
MIL 93
 
Final
UMO 70
AKR 63
 
Final
NAVY 56
ARMY 52
 
Final
BST 60
EMICH 67
 
Final
BUT 54
GEOR 60
Final
IND 63
IOWA 77
Final
FLGC 81
JVU 63
 
Final
USCU 90
KNST 54
 
Final
BGU 80
KSU 81
 
Final
NKENTUCKY 73
LIP 76
 
Final
HC 62
GHND 45
 
Final
RUTG 50
MD 60
Final
GT 49
UNC 81
Final
BUF 93
OHIO 66
 
Final
ALA 74
MISS 82
Final
DAY 75
RIU 59
Final
CMICH 85
TOL 77
 
Final
DET 77
YOUNG 67
Final
UNF 81
STET 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 83
HOUB 71
 
Final
NDAK 78
NEOM 80
 
Final
NILL 65
WMICH 63
 
Final
ILLCH 60
WRST 57
Final
MIZZ 63
AUB 61
 
2nd
UGA 62
KENT 68
 
4th
NW 71
MICH 71
 
Final
CLEM 61
NCSU 66
 
2nd
UF 66
TEXAM 62
 
2nd
KU 55
WVU 57
 
2nd
CREI 62
VILL 65
 
Final
PHI 2
CAL 3
Final
NJD 3
NAS 1
Final
CLB 3
WAS 5
Final
TAM 3
BUF 0
Final
FLA 2
TOR 3
Final
MIN 3
OTT 2
3rd Intermission
DAL 3
NYI 2
 
3rd
ARI 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 1
SJS 3