On Christmas Day, Louisville owned a 6-0 record and No. 21 national ranking.
Since then, it's been downhill for Denny Crum's Cardinals, who have dropped out of the AP poll after losing three of four games.
The Cardinals, 7-3 overall, fell to Kentucky, 103-89, on Dec. 28 in Lexington; Tulane, 87-83, last Saturday in Louisville at Freedom Hall, then at Virginia Commonwealth, 66-57, on Thursday.
"Their pride may be hurt a bit, but we know they'll be ready," said KU coach Roy Williams. "They're talented and athletic. We'll have to be ready to play."
KANSAS, 11-0, will face the Cardinals at 7:08 tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. A live telecast is available on channels 13 and 62.
The Cardinals' talent includes freshman guard Keith LaGree, plus soph forwards Greg Minor and Dwayne Morton, all former prep all-Americans.
Morton, a 6-6 sophomore, won the Mr. Basketball award in Kentucky as a high school senior. He averages 14.3 points a game.
LaGree, a 6-1 freshman who averages 9.1 points, has been compared to former Michigan player Rumeal Robinson because of his strength and build. The Georgia native signed a contract and played infield in the Minnesota Twins' organization last summer. He's not on athletic scholarship. His baseball contract stipulates Minnesota will pay for his education.
Minor, a 6-6 sophomore, also from Georgia, has recovered from a broken foot he suffered in the off-season. He's averaged 10.7 points a game.
Louisville has beaten Houston, LSU, Maryland and Notre Dame.
Williams has been pleased with the play of freshman center Greg Ostertag, who at 7-2, has had some stamina problems. Ostertag scored three points in 10 minutes in Wednesday's 81-51 win at Wichita State.
"Not only will his stamina and quickness improve," Williams said, "but he'll improve as he learns our defensive principles. Greg will be able to play 25 to 30 minutes a game during his years here."
Alonzo Jamison was impressed with KU's play at WSU. "I think this is a stepping stone for us," he said. "After playing a good game at Wichita State, we'll come home on an emotional high. Defensively this was one of our better games. It ranks up there with DePaul and Long Beach State."
Adonis Jordan figures he better be ready tonight. Louisville will test him with its quickness.
"Defensively we have to play even better Saturday," said Jordan after the WSU game. "Because Louisville is an athletic team. They're really talented."
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