NO. 5 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (5-0) vs. NO. 14 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (5-0)
Game Time: 9:35 p.m.
Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky
Announcers: Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Shane Battier (analyst) and Allison Williams (reporter)
Officials: Karl Hess, Michael Stephens and Brian Dorsey
Favorite: Louisville by 8.5
All-Time Series: Tied 4-4
Last Meeting: Louisville won 72-64 (OT) on Jan. 4, 2003 in Columbus
Probable Starting Lineups:
About Ohio State:
The unbeaten Buckeyes rank second in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 56.7 percent from the field, and are 12th in scoring (87.2 ppg). Point guard Shannon Scott was named the Big 10 Player of the Week after averaging 15.0 assists in a pair of victories last week, and he leads the nation in assists (10.4 per game). Freshman guard D'Angelo Russell, who leads OSU in scoring with 18.0 points per game (14-of-29 3-pointers), is a Louisville native who attended Central High School as a freshman before transferring to Montverde Academy in Orlando.
Ohio State was picked to finish third in the Big 10 behind Wisconsin and Michigan State in a preseason media poll. This is the second of three games against Big 10 competition for the Cardinals this season. U of L beat Minnesota 81-68 in the opening game of the season and will face Indiana on Dec. 9 in the Jimmy V Classic in New York. Louisville has a collective 37-37 record against current members of the Big Ten, including a 4-4 mark against OSU.
--Tonight's game marks Louisville's first appearance in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge.
--Louisville's win over Cleveland State last week gave Rick Pitino 700 for his career.
--Louisville has a 25-5 record in December over the last four years, including a 13-1 mark the last two seasons.
--Louisville is favored in tonight's game for a program-record 54th straight time. The Cards have not been an underdog since playing at Syracuse on March 2, 2013. All told, U of L has been the favorite in 78 of their last 79 games.
--Louisville has won 30 straight home games against non-conference opponents, the 8th longest such streak in Division-I.
--Louisville's 101 victories over the last four years are the most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30 win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories amassed by Louisville's 2012-13 NCAA Championship team (30 in 2011- 12, 31 in 2013-14).
--U of L is 152-9 over the last 14 seasons under Coach Rick Pitino when scoring 80 or more points (20-1 last season, 11-1 in 2012-13).
--Louisville is 2-0 all-time against Ohio State under Rick Pitino.
--The Cardinals are third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 46.6 points per game. UofL has limited its opponents to just 30.3 percent shooting from the field, ranking fourth in the nation, and the Cardinals are second nationally in three-point field goal defense, allowing 19.4 percent.
--Louisville's 87-26 win over Savannah State was Rick Pitino's 22nd victory at U of L that came by 40 points or more, the most of any coach in Cardinal history.
--Louisville is 23-0 all-time in games in which sophomore guard David Levitch sees the court.
--Montrezl Harrell is just 168 points short of becoming the 66th career 1,000-point scorer at Louisville. Harrell also needs just 13 dunks to become Louisville's all-time leader in that category.
Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 72, Ohio State 63