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SEATTLE (KWWL) -

After a big win Friday night against the Wyoming Cowboys, the UNI Panthers had little time to celebrate.

They found out just hours after the end of their game who their opponent would be.  That opponent: the Louisville Cardinals.

Sunday's meeting will be just the second ever between the two schools.  They met in 2012, where Louisville edged UNI 51-46.  Multiple players on this Panther team, including Seth Tuttle and Matt Bohannon were on that team.  They said that experience against a Rick Pitino coached team will help them in Sunday's game.

"I think it helps out greatly," Bohannon said. "Like I said, they're a different style of basketball. They like to pressure on the defensive end and offensively they're very talented, they can have a lot of athletes that can score the basketball. Being able to see that and know what's coming at us is a good thing and that just helps with that experience because we've had quite a few guys that were there a few years ago and I think it's going to help us out quite a bit and we're going to be ready for the test."

Tuttle says there are a couple of key things to account for when they play the Cardinals.

"First of all, you've gotta take care of the ball," he said. "Always making the right choice, making the smart decision. And then if teams are going to pressure like that, once you get past it, you've gotta attack the rim and put some pressure on them with the numbers you have. We're not going to play scared. Once we get past that pressure initially, we're going to be attacking the rim and flaring out for threes. We'll be aggressive and we'll be in attack mode."

Wes Washpun said this Louisville squad will be the most athletic they've seen since they faced VCU.  "But we're up to the challenge," he said.

This will also be the Panther's second game in as many days.  Jeremy Morgan says that doesn't matter.

"You gotta be ready," he said. "It's right back-to-back so you don't have as much time to prepare as we did for Wyoming. But our coaching staff has done a great job getting us where we need to go with the scouting report and everything. So they've done a great job so far."

And if praise from Morgan isn't enough for Head Coach Ben Jacobson and his staff, Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino had some nice things to say as well.

"He's as good as there is in our game," Pitino said in a press conference Saturday.  "He's a terrific coach and a humble guy."

The two teams tip off 30 minutes after the conclusion of Sunday's first game, Iowa vs. Gonzaga. 

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