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Louisville-Georgia Tech preview: Cards look to celebrate Senior Night in style

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LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (22-7, 11-5) vs. GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS (17-12, 7-9)

Game Time: 8:06 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.

Television: ACC Network/WAVE-3

Announcers: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Mike Gminski (analyst)

Officials: Roger Ayers, William Humes, Clarence Armstrong

Favorite: Louisville by 12.5

All-Time Series: Louisville leads 17-13

Last Meeting: Louisville won 75-71 on Jan. 23 in Atlanta

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Georgia Tech, which hasn't been the NCAA Tournament since 2010, is suddenly one upset of Louisville away from being right in the thick of the bubble discussion. The Yellow Jackets enter Tuesday night's game riding a four-game winning streak that has them two wins away from finishing ACC play with a 9-9 mark.

Marcus Georges-Hunt hit all seven of his shots from the field and finished with 23 points as GT kept Boston College winless in league play with a 76-71 victory Saturday in their most recent outing. Georges-Hunt has averaged 23.5 points on 63.6 percent shooting during the Yellow Jackets' current winning streak. The senior guard dropped 23 in the first meeting with Louisville back in January.

Louisville has won both meetings with Georgia Tech in ACC play, but the two wins have come by a combined five points. This will be the Jackets first game against U of L in the city of Louisville since 1999.

Notable

--Louisville will honor departing players Trey Lewis, Damion Lee and Dillon Avare in a Senior Night ceremony before tonight's game. The players, as well as head coach Rick Pitino, will address the fans after the game.

--Fans are asked to wear red to the game. The team will be sporting special red uniforms that they will wear for this game only.

--Georgia Tech's current four-game winning streak is the longest of any team in the ACC.

--With its win Saturday at Boston College, Tech completed its first winning month of February (5-3) since the 2006-07 season (5-2).

--Rick Pitino has announced that there will be a "surprise" for seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis after the game.

--Louisville has won 16 of its last 17 Senior Day games, including last year's 59- 57 victory over No. 2 ranked Virginia (13 of the last 14 under Pitino).

--U of L's only Senior Day loss under Rick Pitino came on Feb. 29, 2012 when the Cards lost to South Florida. Louisville finished that season in the Final Four.

--Georgia Tech is riding a four-game winning streak in the ACC for the first time in 14 years.

--Louisville is second the nation in scoring margin (+15.4), seventh in scoring defense (61.2), 10th in field goal percentage defense (.388), 20th in rebound margin (+7.6) and 20th in offensive rebounds (13.6).

--Georgia Tech is 4-9 all-time against U of L in games played in the city of Louisville.

--Damion Lee needs just seven points to reach 2,000 for his college career.

--Lee also needs just three points to move past Jerome Harmon as Louisville's all-time leading scorer among one-year players.

--Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory is 2-2 in games versus Rick Pitino. Gregory beat Louisville twice when he was the head coach at Dayton.

--Louisville has won 20 games for the 14th straight season. The Cardinals are one of four schools to have won 20 or more games each of the past 14 seasons.

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 74, Georgia Tech 63