LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (1-0) vs. WILLIAM & MARY TRIBE (1-0)
Game Time: 7:05 p.m.
Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.
Television: ACC Regional/Fox Sports South in Louisville
Announcers: Wes Durham (play-by-play) and Mike Gminksi (analyst)
Officials: Pat Driscoll, Matt Potter and Tony Chiazza
Favorite: Louisville by 17
All-Time Series: Louisville leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Louisville won 93-65 on Jan. 14, 1952 in Williamsburg, Va.
Probable Starting Lineups:
About William & Mary:
William & Mary posted a 20-11 record last season and has produced three straight 20-win seasons for the first time in 65 years. The Tribe hammered Bridgewater 96-44 in their season opener last Saturday.
Nine of William & Mary's 11 returning players are upperclassmen, including three starters: 6-7 senior wing Omar Prewitt, 6-6 senior guard Daniel Dixon and 6-2 redshirt junior guard David Cohn. Two roster members are Kentuckians in Prewitt (Mt. Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County HS), a first team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year and the league's top returning scorer (17.8 ppg); and junior forward Jack Whitman (Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic HS).
The Tribe owns three ACC road wins in the last eight years, including an 85-68 season-opening victory at NC State last season. Ranked No. 72 in last year's final RPI, William & Mary is picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. UNC Wilmington, coached by former UofL assistant coach Kevin Keatts, is the league favorite.
Louisville has a collective 14-3 record against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, having previously faced eight of its 10 members. The Cardinals' 68-57 victory over UNC Wilmington in the 2014 Billy Minardi Classic (12/14/14) was the last time UofL faced a CAA foe. UofL's opening two games of the 2013-14 season were against CAA members College of Charleston and Hofstra.
Monday's game will be the first meeting for the two teams in 64 years (since 1952), with the Cardinals winning both previous matchups: 70-42 in Louisville on Dec. 20, 1950; and 93-65 in Williamsburg on Jan. 14, 1952.
--Louisville has won 39 consecutive home games in November, a streak which dates all the way back to a loss to Vanderbilt on November 30, 1972. The Cards are 26-0 in November games played inside the Yum Center.
--Louisville's 147 victories over the last six years are the fifth-most wins in the nation in that stretch. The Cards are one of just three teams to win at least 30 games in three of the last five seasons (30-10 in 2011-12, 35-5 in ‘12-13, 31-6 in ‘13-14).
--William & Mary is one of five original Division-I programs that has never made the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern, St. Francis of Brooklyn, Army and The Citadel are the other four.
--Louisville's 10 blocked shots against Evansville marked only the fourth time in the last six years that the Cardinals had double-digit rejections in a game
--Louisville has won 47 of its last 48 non-conference games played inside the Yum Center.
--Louisville is one of just four schools which have won 20 or more games in each of the last 14 seasons (also Kansas, Duke and Gonzaga).
--Louisville has opened with an 11-1 record each of the last four seasons.
Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 80, William & Mary 64