Still on a high off of their 73-70 over Kentucky the Louisville men's basketball team prepares for conference play. #12 Virginia makes a visit to the KFC Yum! Center tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Besides Virginia, the Cards also visit #24 Notre Dame, visit Georgia Tech, and host Pittsburgh in the next two weeks. Later highlighted games include when Louisville hosts #5 Duke, hosts Clemson, hosts Pittsburgh, and visits #20 Florida State. Clemson is currently in the receiving votes category while Clemson, Pittsburgh, and Georgia Tech are a combined 27-8.
As if the upcoming ACC schedule wasn't grueling enough, U of L faces #16 Indiana in Indianapolis on New Year's Eve, the same day as the Citrus Bowl for the football team. The Hoosiers' two losses come by a combined eight points. IU has already defeated then-#2 Kansas and then-#3 North Carolina.
The schedule doesn't ease up later on either, with visits to #12 Virginia, Wake Forest, and Syracuse, and Syracuse and #24 Notre Dame also visiting to close out the regular season.
U of L fans hate to hear this, but expect some losses. The ACC is arguably the best conference in college basketball. The only other competitor for strongest conference is the Big Ten, and the Cards play Indiana.
A Look Into Upcoming Games Virignia-Louisville games have always been nail-biters that get pretty fiesty for both sides. The style of play is similar as both teams have spectacular defense and play an upbeat tempo. One of the more memorable games is the Mangok Mathiang game-winning jump shot from the free throw line for the final home game of the 2014-15 season.
Indiana overwhelms teams with a non-stop offense so the Cards' defense must buckle down to win this game. The Cards beat the Hoosiers in Louisville two years ago, but did not play last year.
The Louisville-Notre Dame rivalry has been going on since the Big East. The Cards have won only once in the last four match-ups. The only win in that span was at home during the national championship season. The Irish won a five overtime thriller in South Bend earlier that season.
Without Grayson Allen, Duke is not as much of a threat. Allen is suspended indefinitely after his third tripping incident in the 2016 calendar year, one that ended with a technical foul. However, the question remains of how long Coach K keeps Allen suspended, and if he will be suspended for big games such as against Louisville and North Carolina.
My Prediction vs Virginia - Win. Playing at home will help unsettle the Cavaliers. vs Indiana- Win. Louisville's defense will shut down the IU three-pointers. at Notre Dame- Lose. One place Notre Dame does not lose is in the Purcell Pavalion and Coach Pitino has not seen great success when visiting South Bend. at Georgia Tech- Win. Louisville will not lose twice in a row. vs Pittsburgh- Win. Classes are back in session, but syllabus week should not be much of a distraction. vs Duke- Win. U of L and UK fans agree on one thing- we hate Duke. And no one wants to see Grayson Allen win at the KFC Yum! Center *eyeroll*. vs Clemson- Win. Clemson typically falls behind in conference play despite their December success.
Since the loss to Baylor this team has looked better. They do not have a losing attitude and this team has something to prove after the self-ban last season.