Louisville, KY- Rick Pitino’s streaking Louisville Cardinals will look to defend their home court Wednesday night as the Kennesaw State Owls come to the KFC Yum! Center. Louisville is looking to keep their perfect home record in tact, coming off of a blowout win over Eastern Michigan Saturday.
Damion Lee’s quest to average 20 points a game keeps inching its way up, as Lee is now averaging 18.8 points per game. Trey Lewis is another top scorer for the Cards, producing an average of 13.8 points per game. The real story though is freshman Ray Spalding. Spalding has put up tremendous numbers for a freshman, last game posting 11 points and 7 rebounds. The lengthy forward is underestimated by his opponents, as we saw this Saturday when a guard for Eastern Michigan pulled up on an 18-foot jump shot. Before anyone in the KFC Yum! Center knew it, Spalding had sent the basketball in the opposite direction. Spalding had come up from the key to the short corner to block a wide-open shot. Louisville fans are exited for 4 more years of Ray, but they are holding their breath that the promising young talent does not leave early for the NBA draft.
As for Kennesaw State, Kendrick Ray (16.1 PPG) and Yonel Brown (16.0 PPG) top the scoring column for the Owls. Those two are the only one scoring in double digits so far this season for Kennesaw State. The next leading scorer, Nigel Pruitt, averages 9.9 points a game. The Owls are licking their wounds as they come into the Yum Center boasting a 3-8 record in 2015. A turn around to their season is very unlikely to start Wednesday night, as they are outmatched in every category compared to Louisville.
Tipoff is set for 7 pm at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised on ESPN U and the Watch ESPN App.