Men's Basketball Takes on Louisville Tonight
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  12/09/2006

Dec. 9, 2006

LOUISVILLE, KY - Saint Joseph's will play its second of three games at the NABC Classic, taking on host Louisville on Saturday evening. Game time is 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall.

The contest can be heard in Philadelphia on WFIL (560 AM) with Tom McCarthy and Joe Lunardi calling the action. Streaming audio will be available via Hawks' All-Access on

SJU, now 5-2, is coming off a 75-63 win over Bellarmine on Friday night behind career-highs from Ahmad Nivins (28 points) and freshman D.J. Rivera (19 points).

Louisville defeated Ohio, 74-71, on Friday. The Cardinals are now 3-2 on the season.

UL leads the all-time series with SJU, 1-0, as the teams met in the 1956 NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden. Phil Martelli and Rick Pitino have coached against each other only once before, in the 1997 NCAA Tournament when Pitino was at Kentucky. Kentucky defeated the Hawks, 83-68, in the West Regional Semifinal, ending SJU's Sweet 16 run. That season was also highlighted by Saint Joseph's Atlantic 10 title.

The Hawks close out play in the NABC Classic on Sunday afternoon, facing Ohio at 2:30 p.m., with the broadcast on WFIL (560 AM).

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