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LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (15-3, 4-1) At GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (11-7, 1-4)

Game Time: 4:05 p.m.

Location: McCamish Pavilion: Atlanta, Ga.

Television: ESPN2

Announcers: Mike Couzens (play-by-play) and Chris Spatola (analyst)

Officials: Roger Ayers, Sean Hull, Tim Comer

Favorite: Louisville by 6

All-Time Series: Louisville leads 16-13

Last Meeting: Louisville won 52-51 on Feb. 23, 2015 in Atlanta

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About Georgia Tech:

Georgia Tech has dropped four of its last five, falling 78-77 at home to Virginia Tech on Jan. 16 in its last outing as Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Yellow Jackets with 27 points. Their lone ACC victory was a 68-64 win over then- No. 4 Virginia on Jan. 9. Tech's four ACC losses have come by a total of 22 points, an average of 5.5 points per game.

Georges-Hunt, a senior forward, is Georgia Tech's top scorer and ranks 18th in the ACC (15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 42 assists). Senior forward Charles Mitchell leads the ACC in rebounding (11.0 rpg, 12.2 ppg) with more than a third of his boards coming off the offensive glass (72 of 198 rebounds). Georgia Tech ranks 14th nationally in fewest turnovers per game (10.2) and is 21st nationally in rebounding margin (+8.2). Georgia Tech is 60th in the RPI and 59th in the Sagarin Ratings through Jan. 20.

Notable

--Saturday's game is the first of two meetings between these teams. The Yellow Jackets will make their first appearance at the KFC Yum Center on March 1.

--Louisville leads the nation in field goal percentage defense (.361) and scoring margin (+22.6), is second in rebound margin (+12.3) and third in scoring defense (58.2).

--Georgia Tech's first five ACC opponents have a combined regular-season record of 71-21 (.772), the strongest schedule to date of any conference team.

--Chinanu Onuaku has five straight double-doubles, including 11 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots vs. Florida State in his last game. He has averaged 11.1 rebounds over the last nine games, grabbing double-digit boards in seven of those games. In league games only, he leads the ACC in rebounding (12.6), field goal percentage (. 638) and blocks (2.6).

--Onuaku is the first Louisville player in the Rick Pitino era to register a double-double in five consecutive conference games.

--Georgia Tech is out-rebounding its opponents by 8.2 per game, which ranks 21st in the nation and No. 5 in the ACC. Tech has out-rebounded 14 of 18 opponents this season with two ties. Tech is No. 3 in the ACC and 30th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (13.7).

--Louisville is 15th in the nation in field goal percentage (.492). UofL has shot above 50 percent in 10 of its 18 games. The Cards shot 50 percent or above on eight occasions all last season.

--Georgia Tech has turned the ball over only 68 times in its last eight games, and the Yellow Jackets are averaging 10.2 this season (5th in the ACC, 14th NCAA), down two-and-a-half per game (12.7) from last season.

--In ACC games only, Chinanu Onuaku is leading the league in rebounding (12.6), blocked shots (2.6) and field goal percentage (.638).

--Georgia Tech big man Charles Mitchell's 16.5 rebounds per 40 minutes ranks seventh in the nation

--Louisville is 15-3 through the first 18 games of the season for a third consecutive year. The Cards have also started with that mark in five of the last six seasons.

--All three of Louisville's losses this season have come in true road games.

--Georgia Tech is averaging 76.7 points per game, 74.2 in ACC games, both figures around 14 points per game higher than a year ago. The Yellow Jackets have connected on 45.1 percent of their field goal tries, an increase of four percent over last year.

--Louisville has a 31-14 record during the month of January over the last five years, including an 15-5 record in the last two years.

--Louisville's 138 victories over the last five years are the second-most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville and Wichita State are the only schools in the nation to win 30 games in three of the last four seasons.

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 70, Georgia Tech 64