LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Cards are fighting for the top spot in "The American" Thursday night.

   Louisville hosts the conference leading Cincinnati Bearcats for the final time as conference foes Thursday night. Head coach Rick Pitino says the Bearcats defense is one of the best in the nation and will be a challenge.

  Pitino says Chris Jones will be available for the game but will not start.

   Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. with pre-game coverage starting at 5:30 p.m. on 84WHAS.