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NO. 6 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (14-2, 2-1) VS. VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES (8-7, 0-2)

Game Time: 7:05 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.

Television: Regional Sports Networks (Fox Sports South in Louisville)

Announcers: Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Mike Gminksi (analyst)

Officials: Raymond Styons, Jr., Jeffrey Anderson and Tim Clougherty

Favorite: Louisville by 22

All-Time Series: Louisville leads 28-8

Last Meeting: Louisville won 78-74 on Jan. 26, 1995 in Freedom Hall

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The Hokies enter Tuesday night's tilt on a three-game losing streak that includes defeats in their first two ACC games of the season. Buzz Williams' first season in Blacksburg has been a bit shaky, with Tech dropping non-conference games to the likes of Radford and Appalachian State. The team is 0-3 in true road games heading into tonight.

Justin Bibbs (13.5 ppg, 28-of-59 three-point goals), a freshman guard with four 20+ scoring performances this season, and Adam Smith (12.7 ppg, 34-of-77 three-pointersr) are the leaders for the Hokies. Virginia Tech does most of its damage from deep where it is 12th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage, connecting on 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Hokies also rank 32nd nationally in overall field goal percentage.

Notable

--This will be the first meeting between the Cardinals and Hokies in nearly 20 years. Louisville has won eight straight over their old Metro Conference rivals, a streak which dates back to February of 1991.

--Virginia Tech is 13-50 against nationally ranked teams since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 season, and 30-158 all-time against teams ranked in the AP poll. The last time the Hokies defeated a nationally ranked team was Dec. 1, 2012, when Tech defeated No. 15 Oklahoma State, 81-71, in Cassell Coliseum.

--Virginia Tech's bench has accounted for 40.2 percent of its scoring so far this season.

--Louisville has made it through the first 15 games of its season without losing to a team ranked lower than 18th for the fifth time in program history. The other four Cardinal teams to achieve that feat all made it to the Elite 8 or beyond.

--Buzz Williams was 2-5 against Louisville during his time as Marquette's head coach.

--Over the last seven games, Terry Rozier has averaged 21.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 steals, scoring over 20 points in four.

--Rozier currently leads the ACC in steals.

--Louisville is 14-3 against Virginia Tech at home.

--Louisville's 110 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 156-9 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 has not lost a game by double digits since Jan. 16, 2012, easily the longest such streak in Division-I.

--In his last three games, Chris Jones has averaged 21 points, 5.7 assists, four rebounds, three steals and shot 50 percent from the field.

--Louisville has started 13-3 or better in five consecutive seasons for the first time in program history.

--With 10 steals in its last game at North Carolina, the Cardinals are averaging 10.6 steals, ranking fourth in the nation. U of L has produced double digit steals in 13 of its 16 games this season. Five Cardinal foes have had more turnovers than field goals this season.

--Montrezl Harrell needs just 23 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

--Louisville is 27-0 all-time in games in which sophomore guard David Levitch sees the court.

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 77, Virginia Tech 57