Louisville Cardinals (15-4, 5-1) At Miami Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3)
Game Time: 8:01 p.m.
Location: Watsco Center: Coral Gables, Fla.
Announcers: Karl Ravech (play-by-play) and Dick Vitale (analyst)
Officials: Mike Eades, Tim Nestor, Jeff Clark
Favorite: Miami by 4
Probable Starting Lineups:
Series: Louisville leads, 10-3
Last Meeting: Louisville won 71-66 on Feb. 11, 2017 in Louisville
Miami ranks among the top 20 teams nationally in field goal percentage defense (.391, 16th in the nation), three-point field goal defense (.304, 14th) and scoring defense (63.1, 16th). The Hurricanes’ outside shooting had been a weakness this year (29 percent in ACC play), but they buried 10 of 16 attempts in their most recent outing, an 86-81 win at NC State on Sunday.
Sophomore forward Dewan Huell leads Miami in scoring at 13.6 ppg. Preseason All-ACC selection Bruce Brown leads the team in rebounding (6.9 rpg) and assists (4.1 apg), and is second in scoring at 11.5 ppg. Seven Hurricane players enter Wednesday night’s game averaging 8.0 points per game or better.
— Louisville is second in the nation in blocked shots (7.3 bpg) and ranks ninth in field goal percentage defense (.386) and 12th in 3-point defense (.303).
—Anas Mahmoud is fourth in the nation in blocked shots (3.53) and Ray Spalding is 15th in offensive rebounds (3.53).
—Louisville is 7-0 this season when collecting double digit steals in a game.
—Miami dished out 26 assists Sunday – its most ever in an ACC game and its most in any game since November 2009.
—Deng Adel has scored in double figures in 21 of his last 22 games dating back to last season.
—Louisville has a 30-17 record in its conference road games over the last six years (.638). UofL has the fifth-most conference road wins in its four years in the ACC with 16.
—Miami is 3-5 all-time against Louisville in games played in Miami.
—Louisville is 3-1 all-time against Jim Larranaga.
—Miami is 9-0 this year when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points.
—Louisville is one of just four schools which have won 20 or more games in each of the last 15 seasons (also Kansas, Duke and Gonzaga).
—Louisville is 11-0 this season when it makes seven or more three-pointers in a game.
—Louisville has a 28-9 record during the month of January over the last five years (.757).
Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Miami 69, Louisville 65