Team: Louisville. Coach: Denny Crum (11th year, 263-73). Record: 23-9, ranked 20th. Key Players: 6-7 Derek Smith (15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds), 6-4 Jerry Eaves (12.8 p, 3.4 assists), 6-3 Lancaster Gordon (10.8 p, 2.9 a), 6-7 Rodney McCray (8.7 p, 7.2 r), 6-5 Poncho Wright (6.6 p, 3.0 r), 6-8 Charles Jones (5.9 p, 3.9 r), 6-5 Milt Wagner (4.4 p, 1.2 assists), 6-8 Wiley Brown (3.9 p, 2.1 r), 6-9 Scooter McCray (3.4 p, 3.5 r). Strengths: One of the most successful teams in the last 10 years (79 percent victories), Louisville is also one of the quicker teams in the nation. The Cardinals, who prefer a fast-paced game, depend on senior point guard Eaves to push the ball up to the wing players, all fine shooters from the 15- 18-foot range, or get the ball inside. Despite the lack of the big man, Louisville is a fine rebounding team and usually gets its share on the offensive boards. The Cardinals also like to press and, with Eaves and Gordon providing much of the back court pressure, have forced an average of nearly 20 turnovers per game. Eaves, Gordon, Wagner and Wright are fine outside shooters with good range. Jones, the McCray brothers and Smith prefer the short jumpers or power moves inside for their points. Depth probably is Louisville's top asset as Crum substitutes freely at every position. Weaknesses: The Cardinals have a tendency to play out of control at times, relying on one-on-one heroics rather a team effort. Turnovers and fouls also have plagued Louisville. This year five teams with legitimate centers have beaten the Cardinals, whose tallest starter is 6-8. Louisville also relies on steals and an assortment of gambling defenses, factors that have allowed opponents to average 65 points per game. Louisville hasn't shown the patience nor the discipline needed to come from behind. Outlook: Louisville, the national champion two years ago, has the experience (four starters from the 1980 team) and overall talent to win the title. The question is which team will show up in New Orleans--the sloppy, mistake-prone band of invidualists or the fast-breaking, inside-dominating unit that won 10 of its last 12 games. The Cardinals must mix up their offense, play sound defense, control Ewing and Floyd and not allow the Hoyas to control the tempo. In a close game, the Cardinals must be patient.