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Louisville vs. Florida State preview: Cards look for season sweep of Seminoles

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NCAA Basketball: Louisville at Florida State Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Cardinals (16-6, 6-3) vs. Florida State Seminoles (16-6, 5-5)

Game Time: 4:06 p.m.

Location: KFC Yum Center: Louisville, Ky.

Television: ACC Network/WHAS-11 locally

Announcers: Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Bobby Cremins (analyst)

Officials: Tim Nestor, Raymond Styons Jr., Jeff Clark

Favorite: Louisville by 5

Probable Starting Lineups:

Series: Louisville leads, 33-10

Last Meeting: Louisville won 73-69 on Jan. 10, 2018 in Tallahassee

Series History:


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About Florida State:

Florida State enters Saturday’s game against Louisville looking for a big bounce-back win following a disappointing 76-72 loss at Wake Forest Wednesday night. The Seminoles rank 16th nationally in scoring offense (84.9) and 39th in field goal percentage defense (.408).

Junior guard Terrance Mann continues to lead the way for Leonard Hamilton’s team. Mann leads the team in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (6.1 rpg). Braian Angola (14.1 ppg) and Phil Cofer (13.3 ppg) are the team’s other double figure scorers.


—Louisville has won 26 straight home games against teams it faced on the road earlier in the same season.

—Louisville is second in the nation in blocked shots (7.0 bpg) and ranks 16th in field goal percentage defense (.395) and 33rd in 3-point defense (.313).

—Anas Mahmoud is fifth in the nation in blocked shots (3.36) and Ray Spalding is 17th in offensive rebounds (3.45).

—Louisville’s win at Florida State earlier this season was the team’s first victory on the road against a top 25 opponent since joining the ACC. It also snapped the Seminoles’ 28-game home winning streak, which had been the third-longest in the country.

—Louisville is one of four teams in the nation with at least eight different players that have made 10 or more three-pointers this season. Five Cardinals combined to make 10 threes vs. Wake Forest (10-of-25, .400). UofL is 11-1 when it makes eight or more threes, falling for the first time at Virginia when it hit 8-of-18 threes.

—Louisville has a 41-8 record in its conference home games over the last six years (.837), including an 8-1 record last year. UofL is tied for the second-most conference home wins in its four years in the ACC with 26.

—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 has a 57-18 record during the month of February over the last 10 years (.760), winning 23 of its last 31 in that month (5-2 last year).

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 80, Florida State 77