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Louisville aims to bounce back from rout vs. DePaul

Feb 15, 2009 - 7:21 AM DePaul (8-17) at No. 7 Louisville (18-5) 4:00 p.m. EST

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (Ticker) -- Louisville's 8-0 start to Big East play seems like a distant memory, especially after an historic beatdown in its last contest.

The seventh-ranked Cardinals figure to bounce back as they attempt to keep DePaul winless in conference play at Freedom Hall on Sunday.

Following a rocky non-conference schedule that saw it drop three games, Louisville opened conference play on a tear. After dropping two of three, the Cardinals have failed to resemble the team that raced to such a hot start.

The Cardinals (18-5, 9-2 Big East) rebounded from their first conference loss of the season, a 68-51 defeat at the hands of currently top-ranked Connecticut, with a less-than impressive 60-47 win over St. John's behind a season-high 21 points from Jerry Smith.

Then came the worst loss in the eight-year stint of Rick Pitino at Louisville, a 90-57 thrashing by Notre Dame, which was in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.

Earl Clark had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, who were outrebounded 46-25 and allowed the Fighting Irish to shoot 54 percent (35-of-65) from the field.

DePaul (8-17, 0-12) has lost its last five Big East games by an average of 20.4 points. Dar Tucker leads the Blue Demons with 18.5 points per contest.