Two days after a defeat at unranked Cincinnati, No. 16 Louisville returns home Friday to host No. 13 Connecticut and a rejuvenated Kemba Walker.
The Huskies, who have won two in a row and three of their last four games, are also dealing with a short turnaround after beating No. 9 Georgetown 78-70 on Wednesday.
But Walker, UConn's star point guard, is coming off a spectacular performance, scoring 31 points and handing out 10 assists against the Hoyas, who had won eight straight coming in. He's averaging 26.5 points, 8.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds over the last two games.
The Cardinals did a good job defending Walker in their 79-78 double-overtime win against the Huskies at the end of January. The junior, who's averaging 23.2 points for the season, scored 20 but shot 7-for-23 overall and a miserable 2-for-10 from three-point range.
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"They gave us a great deal of problems with their match-up zone and gave us problems by spacing the floor exceptionally well," Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun said during Thursday's Big East teleconference.
But that defense has faltered lately. The Cards are allowing 47.1 percent shooting in their last five games, including three losses.