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    Monday night will be a big one for the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball teams.

    Both will play key Atlantic Coast Conference games on the ESPN networks’ “Big Monday,” at the same time (7 p.m.), so Cardinals’ fans better have their remote controls ready. The men’s game at Georgia Tech will be televised on ESPN, while the women’s team’s game at Notre Dame will be broadcast on ESPN2.



    UofL (21-6 overall, 9-5 in the ACC), which is tied for fourth (with North Carolina) in the league standings, meets the Yellow Jackets (12-15, 3-12), who are 13th in the ACC, in its first game since senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team. The Cards were No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 17 in The Associated Press Top 25 released Monday.

    Georgia Tech has lost three of its last four games, including Saturday’s 89-60 setback at North Carolina, and five of its past seven. The Yellow Jackets, who rank near the bottom half of the ACC in most statistical categories, are 277th nationally in field goal percentage (41.5 percent)

    Georgia Tech is led by 6-5 junior forward Marcus Georges-Hunt (13.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg), 6-8 junior forward Charles Mitchell (10 ppg, 6.8 rpg), 6-8 senior center Demarco Cox (8.8 ppg, 6 rpg), 6-3 junior guard Chris Bolden (6.9 ppg), 6-9 sophomore forward Quinton Stephens (6.2 ppg) and 6-8 senior forward Robert Sampson (5.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg).

    “Georgia Tech is the type of team that can beat anybody on a given night if you don’t get them in an up-tempo situation,” UofL coach Rick Pitino said after his team’s win over Miami on Saturday. “You look at Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Miami in this game, us...It’s grind ’em-out games where you’ve got to get it.”



    UofL (23-3, 11-2) faces the Fighting Irish (25-2, 12-1) in a battle of Top 10 teams (Notre Dame is No. 4 in this week’s AP poll and the Cards are No. 8).

    The Fighting Irish are alone atop the ACC standings while UofL is in third, but only one game back in the loss column.

    Notre Dame, which has only lost to Connecticut and Miami (Fla.) so far, is led by 5-foot-10 junior guard Jewell Lloyd (21.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 6-3 freshman forward Brianna Turner (14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg), 5-7 sophomore guard Lindsay Allen (10.3 ppg, 5 apg), 6-3 sophomore forward Taya Reimer (9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg), 6-2 freshman forward Kathryn Westbeld (7.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and 5-10 junior guard Michaela Mabrey (7.3 ppg).

    Jeff Walz's Cards have won four games in a row since their 66-58 loss at Duke on Feb. 2 (a game that was also broadcast on ESPN2).  

    Photo courtesy University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Facebook Page

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