weekend preview: what to watch for
By Mike Gilpatrick
January 5th, 2018
January 5th, 2018
Both men’s and women’s basketball are in action this weekend; with the men taking on No. 25 Clemson on the road, and the women hosting Virginia Tech. The Men’s game is Saturday at Noon, and the women play Sunday at 2 pm.
Thoughts on the men’s game
Saturday will be rough. The Cards face a ranked team on the road, taking on Clemson, who seems better at first glance. The Tigers average more points, give up fewer, and is a better shooting team in every area: field goals, three-pointers, and free-throws. That’s why they’re 13-1. Their entire starting five are averaging double-digit points. They have a couple double-double threats: forwards Donte Grantham and Elijah Thomas.
Clemson’s tough. But Louisville has a couple advantages:
If Louisville uses their size to their advantage, and drives to the basket, the Cards can make this a close game at the very least. They can’t afford to waste chances by taking jump shots from deep. They’ve done better scoring from close, and need to continue getting points in the paint. If they build up a small lead, then they can worry about shooting the three.
I’m especially bad at basketball predictions, I’ll just say this will be a close game.
Thoughts on the Women’s game
That crowd yesterday was crazy. It’d be nice if the fans show up again. Virginia Tech is not a bad team. They’re 1-1 in the ACC, and 12-3 overall. Four Hokies score in the double-digits. Their scoring margin is almost even with Louisville’s: Virginia tech scores 79.3 points per game, and allows 57. Louisville scores 79.8, and allows 56.18.
The Hokies also have four women score more than ten on a regular basis. Regan Magarity is averaging almost a double-double. Chanette Hicks is an assist machine: she has 101. Taylor Emery is shooting over .456 from deep.
It’s going to be a fun game, and will be worth the price of admission. The Hokies are 55th in RPI. They’ve beaten NC State, who, if it wasn’t for being held to one point in the first, would have made it a very close game against Louisville.
It’s also a game that can break a couple records, both set yesterday. Louisville’s looking to go 18-0, extending their best start, and longest win streak, in program history. It’s also their last game before taking on No. 2 Notre Dame next Thursday.
This weekend is going to be fun for the Cards.