LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (12-2) AT RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS (7-7)
Game Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Rutgers Athletic Center: Piscataway, N.J.
Television: CBS Sports Network
Announcers: Sean Grande (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Susannah Collins (reporter)
Favorite: Louisville by 15
Officials: Mike Sanzere, Wally Rutecki and Jose Carrion
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 11-1
Last Meeting: Louisville won 68-48 on Feb. 6 last season in Piscataway
Probable Starting Lineups:
The Scarlet Knights (7-7) have won their last three games, including a 71-66 victory over Temple in their AAC opener on Jan. 1 as Kadeem Jack led Rutgers with 18 points.
Myles Mack is Rutgers' top scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game. He has 11 double-digit scoring efforts this season and 49 for his career. Kadeem Jack is the Scarlet Knights' top rebounder, averaging 7.0 rebounds to go with 14.3 points with 20 blocked shots on the season. Head coach Eddie Jordan, who helped Rutgers reach the 1976 Final Four as a player, is in his first year guiding the Scarlet Knights.
Louisville and Rutgers are both short-time members of the American as the Cardinals will leave for the Atlantic Coast Conference and Rutgers to the Big Ten next season. Rutgers will play at Louisville later this year on Feb. 16. UofL guard Russ Smith played with Rutgers senior J.J. Moore at South Kent (Conn.) Prep in 2009-10.
--Louisville has won seven straight over Rutgers.
--Rutgers' lone victory between the two schools was a 65- 56 decision on Jan. 28, 2006 in Piscataway as Quincy Douby scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Scarlet Knights.
--Rutgers point guard Jerome Seagears is expected to miss the game with an ankle sprain.
--Louisville leads the nation in turnover margin (+8.2) and is sixth in fewest turnovers per game (9.6). U of L has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in 11 of its last 17 games dating back to last year. The Cardinals are generating an average of 22.5 points per game off turnovers.
--Rick Pitino is 8-1 all-time against Rutgers.
--Louisville won the 2013 Division-1 men's basketball national championship.
Ken Pom Prediction: Louisville 84, Rutgers 66