NO. 4 LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (24-7) vs. NO. 5 DUKE BLUE DEVILS (24-8)
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
Game Time: (Approximately) 2:00 p.m.
Location: Barclays Center: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Television: ESPN/ACC Network (WAVE-3 in Louisville)
Announcers: Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Jay Bilas (analyst) and Allison Williams (reporter) OR Tim Brando (play-by-play), Mike Gminski (analyst) and Jason Capel (reporter)
Favorite: Louisville by 2
All-Time Series: Duke leads 7-6
Last Meeting: Louisville won 78-69 on Jan. 14 at the Yum Center
Probable Louisville Starting Lineup:
Honestly impressed that Grayson Allen has had the strength to keep playing after this lady hit him with the "go away." pic.twitter.com/LzJkgw1b9E— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) March 5, 2017
—Louisville has won 10 of its last 11 conference tournament games.
—Louisville is 15-3 with three championships over its last seven conference tournaments, reaching the title game five times. Louisville has won the championship in three of the last four conference tournaments in which it has participated.
—Duke has gone 7-3 since Mike Krzyzewski returned to the bench in early February, a mark that includes Wednesday’s second round win over Clemson.
—Duke has lost its last four ACC Tournament games in which a win would have set up a game with North Carolina.
—Luke Kennard leads Duke in scoring at just under 20.0 ppg, while freshman Jayson Tatum chips in 16.1 ppg.
—Duke’s Grayson Allen has been a hobbled with an ankle injury and played just 12 minutes in the team’s win over Clemson. Allen has scored 19, 23, and 29 points in his previous three games against Louisville.
—Louisville has won 31 of its last 40 games in the month of March.
—Louisville is 14-0 this season when it makes at least seven three-pointers in a game, and is 7-0 when it shoots 50 percent or better from the field.
—Duke is 2-9 against the spread in its last 11 conference tournament games.
—Louisville is averaging 80.0 ppg over its last 11 contests.
—Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has a 57-22 (.722) record at the ACC Tournament. Over the last 20 years, Duke has a 40-10 (.800) record at the tournament.
—The Blue Devils haven’t won an ACC Tournament in the past five seasons — their longest streak since 1993-98.
—Louisville defeated the regular season champion of four different conferences this season in Kentucky (Southeastern), Purdue (Big Ten), Wichita State (Missouri Valley) and Texas Southern (SWAC).
—Despite rotation players combining to miss 43 games due to injury, Duke is tied for the national lead with 10 wins over RPI top-50 teams.
—At 6-3, Louisville has the highest winning percentage against Mike Krzyzewski of any school that has played more than six games against him.
—Both Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell and Duke’s Luke Kennard were First Team All-ACC performers this season.
Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 74, Duke 72