Cardinals Travel to Virginia Tech For a Second Straight Top 25 Matchup

first_img Jordan Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 17.9 scoring average (fifth in the ACC) up 12.2 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. He has scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions this season. Dwayne Sutton has had double-doubles in four of the last eight games. He led the Cardinals with a career-high 19 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals against North Carolina. He has scored in double digits in 10 of the last 13 games. Louisville’s 7-2 record in ACC games matches its best nine-game start in its five years in the ACC, tying the Cardinals’ 8-2 start in 2015-16. Christen Cunningham had 15 points and nine assists against North Carolina, his second highest assist total of the year. He leads the ACC in assists in conference only games (6.6). He has handed out 43 assists with just nine turnovers in his last six games. Louisville has allowed less than 55 points in three of its last five games. The Cardinals have limited an opponent to under 40 percent accuracy for a half on 19 occasions this season, including holding North Carolina to 35.3 percent in the second half of its last game. Louisville is 27th in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL has scored 80 or more points in 13 of its 22 games (79.1 ppg) and the Cardinals are 16th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom. UofL is third in the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (81.1 ppg). Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by, fifth by and fifth by Friendly Version Virginia Tech Notes GAME 23Date: Feb. 4, 2019Time: 7:00 p.m.Site: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va. (9,100)Television: ESPN Big Monday – Sean McDonough, play-by-play; Jay Bilas, analyst;Allison Williams, reporter.Radio: WKRD (790 AM; joined in progress on WHAS, 840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 380, Internet 971)Series History: Louisville leads 33-8 (17-3 in Louisville, 15-3 in Blacksburg, 1-2 neutral)Last Meeting: UofL 75, Virginia Tech 68 (Feb. 24, 2018 in Blacksburg, Va.)UL National Ranking: 15th Associated Press, 16th USA Today (Jan. 28 poll)Officials: Mike Stephens, Jeff Clark, Doug SirmonsNext UofL Game: Feb. 9 at Florida State, Tallahassee, Fla., 4 p.m. ET (ESPN/2/U) The Hokies are second in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.422), seventh in field goal percentage (.497), sixth in scoring defense (60.2) and 18th in assist/turnover ratio (1.42). Four Hokie players are averaging over 12 points a game, led by sophomore guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (17.6 ppg). Four Hokies have made at least 37 three-pointers this season. Virginia Tech is No. 9 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 6 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 9 in the NET rankings and No. 8 by Ken Pomeroy through Feb. 2. Louisville fell for the first time in seven games as the Cardinals lost 79-69 to No. 9/10 North Carolina on Saturday when UofL was beaten 49-32 on the boards. Dwayne Sutton scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinals while Christen Cunningham totaled 15 points and nine assists. The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with five players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 17.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.   Dwayne Sutton ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points along with 6.9 rebounds per game. Christen Cunningham is third on the team in scoring with 10.4 points and leads the team with 96 assists on the year.  Steven Enoch averages 9.3 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds per game while Malik Williams is averaging 8.1 points and pulling down 5.3 rebounds per game. Virginia Tech has won four of its last five games, including a stunning 47-24 victory at NC State in its last game on Feb. 2 in which it held the Wolfpack to 16.7 percent shooting for the game (9-of-54), including 2-of-28 shooting from three-point range (.071). CARD FILES Live Stats Louisville leads 33-8 in its series against Virginia Tech, winning the last 14 matchups and 25 of the last 27. UofL prevailed in both meetings last season: 94-86 in the KFC Yum! Center (1-13-18) as Deng Adel scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals; and 75-68 in Blacksburg, Va. (2-24-18) as Quentin Snider scored 22 points and handed out six assists.  Louisville, ranked 15th by AP and 16th in the USA Today poll (Jan. 28), plays its second of four straight Top 25 foes as the Cardinals play the first of two consecutive games on the road at No. 12/11 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. on Monday. Louisville Game Notes Story Linkslast_img

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