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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville's four-game winning streak is a good sign that things are falling into place for the Cardinals.

Thursday night's American Athletic Conference showdown with No. 13 and first-place Cincinnati will determine if the 12th-ranked Cardinals can maintain their momentum against a Bearcats squad on a 12-game roll.

An already-important game for these rivals carries even more weight as Louisville (17-3, 6-1) aims to draw closer to Cincinnati (19-2, 8-0). The Cardinals will be playing their first game in eight days; the Bearcats are coming off Sunday's hard-earned 80-76 victory over Temple.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino's main goal is continuing a defensive upswing that has held the Cardinals' last four AAC opponents below 37 percent shooting and forced an average of 16.3 turnovers a game.

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