Cal, Louisville shuffle lineups for tournament 

Cal and Louisville are shuffling their starting lineups for their first-round matchup in the NCAA Tournament.

The Golden Bears had to. The Cardinals wanted to.

Cal coach Mike Montgomery suspended starting forward Omondi Amoke indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules. Louisville coach Rick Pitino benched forward Terrence Jennings in favor of Jared Swopshire, hoping a smaller frontcourt combination will clear out the lane for leading scorer Samardo Samuels.

Both moves could be key when the eighth-seeded Bears (23-10) and ninth-seeded Cardinals (20-12) meet in the South Region today at Jacksonville Veterans Arena.

“Well, just like life, things are going to be thrown at you, and the way you handle it, I think, defines you,” Cal guard Patrick Christopher said. “We can’t really worry about things that we can’t control.”

Montgomery said Amoke is “temporarily suspended” and didn’t make the cross-country trip with his teammates. “That’s what it is. The kid made a mistake and we felt like we had to take action, and we did, and pretty much the end of the story.”

Cal declined to divulge what prompted Amoke’s suspension and played down his absence — little surprise since he averaged 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds, and had more fouls (72) than baskets (58) this season.

South Region

No. 8 Cal vs. No. 9 Louisville

WHEN: Today, 6:45 p.m.

WHERE: Jacksonville, Fla.

TV: CBS (KPIX, Ch. 5)

RADIO: KFRC (1550 AM)

About Cal

Coach: Mike Montgomery

2009-10 Record: 23-10

Key players: G Jerome Randle (18.7 ppg, 2nd in nation with 93.5 FT pct.), G Patrick Christopher (16.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg), G Theo Robertson (14.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Did you know? Bears won first Pac-10 title since 1960 as Montgomery became first coach to lead two Pac-10 teams to title (he also did it at Stanford).

About Louisville

Coach: Rick Pitino

2009-10 Record: 20-12

Key players: G Edgar Sosa (13.3 ppg, 4.5 apg), F Samardo Samuels (15.3 ppg, 7 rpg, ), F Jared Swopshire (7.6 ppg, 6 rpg).

Did you know? Pitino is only coach to take three different schools to Final Four (Providence, Kentucky and Louisville)

 

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