Cardinals Host Virginia on Saturday Afternoon

first_img Live Stats Virginia leads the nation in scoring defense (54.6) and is second nationally in fewest turnovers per game (9.4), third in scoring margin (+17.2), fourth in field goal percentage defense (.377) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.400). Louisville Notes Jordan Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.3 scoring average (fifth in the ACC) up 10.6 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. He has scored 20 or more points on 11 occasions this season, including his sixth double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds against Duke on Feb. 12. Christen Cunningham leads the ACC in assists in conference only games (6.4). He has handed out 75 assists in his last 11 games, including a season-best 12 assists vs. Duke two games ago, the most for a Cardinal in five years. He led UofL with 18 points vs. Clemson. In his last six games, Dwayne Sutton has averaged 13.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 48.4 percent from the field (14-of-33 threes, .424). He has scored in double digits in 13 of the last 18 games. Centers Malik Williams (8.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg) and Steven Enoch (9.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg) have combined to average 18.0 points and 11.2 rebounds in ACC games. Louisville has allowed 55 or fewer points in four of its last 10 games. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 26 occasions this season, including both halves at Syracuse. UofL is 21st in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 13 games (76.3 ppg) and the Cardinals are 26th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL is fourth in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (74.3 ppg). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by, fifth by and fifth by Friendly Version GAME 28Date: Feb. 23, 2019Time: 12:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (144-24 in 9th year)Television: Raycom (WHAS-TV in Louisville; click link to the right for other stations) – EvanLepler, play-by-play; Mike Gminski, analyst.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Jody Demling, analyst (Sirus channel 133, XM 193, Internet 955).Series History: Louisville trails 4-13 (3-6 in Louisville, 1-6 at Charlottesville, 0-1 neutral)Last Meeting: Virginia 75, UofL 58 (ACC Tournament Quarterfinal,March 8, 2018 in Brooklyn, N.Y.)UL National Ranking: 18th Associated Press, 22nd USA TodayOfficials: Jamie Luckie, Pat Driscoll, Jerry HeaterNext UofL Game: Feb. 27 at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 9 p.m. ET (RSN) Louisville trails Virginia 4-13 in its series, losing the last seven matchups. Virginia won all three meetings last year, including a 75-58 decision in the last meeting in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. (3-8-18). Where to Watch The Cardinals (18-9, 9-5 ACC) are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.   Dwayne Sutton ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points along with 6.8 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham is third on the team in scoring with 10.3 points and leads the team with 128 assists on the year.  Steven Enoch averages 9.1 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds per game. Louisville fell for the fourth time in its last 12 games as the Cardinals lost 69-49 at Syracuse on Wednesday. Jordan Nwora’s 11 points — his 25th double-figure scoring effort of the season — led the Cardinals, who made just 25.9 percent of its shots from the field. CARD FILES Louisville, ranked 18th by AP and 22nd in the USA Today poll, returns home to the KFC Yum! Center for one of its final two home games of the season as the Cardinals face the Virginia Cavaliers, ranked third nationally in both the AP and USA Today polls, on Saturday. Story Links Virginia (23-2, 11-2 ACC), which has lost only to ACC leader Duke twice, has won seven of its last eight games, including a 64-58 victory at Virginia Tech in its last game on Feb. 18 as Kyle Guy led the Cavaliers with 23 points and seven rebounds, and Ty Jerome added 16 points and a game-high six assists. Virginia made 11- of-27 three-point goals in the game, while Virginia Tech made just 3-of-28 threes.last_img

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