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Louisville Hosts Pitt on Saturday Afternoon

first_imgStory Links Pitt ranks among the national leaders in field goal percentage defense (.391, 19th in the nation), three-point field goal defense (.288, 14th) and scoring defense (67.4, 83rd). Pitt is No. 65 in the Sagarin Ratings, No. 76 in ESPN’s College Basketball Power Index (BPI), No. 58 in the NET rankings and No. 66 by Ken Pomeroy through Jan. 24. The Cardinals are very balanced on the offensive end, with four players averaging over eight points.  Sophomore Jordan Nwora leads the Cardinals in in scoring and rebounding with 18.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.  Christen Cunningham is second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points and leads the team with 76 assists on the year. Dwayne Sutton ranks third on the team in scoring with 9.9 points along with 6.6 rebounds per game. Steven Enoch averages 9.6 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds per game. Louisville won its fourth straight and eighth in the last 10 games as the Cardinals prevailed at home over NC State on Thursday. Christen Cunningham scored 17 points and handed out four assists to lead the Cardinals, who scored a season-high 37 points off 23 NC State turnovers. CARD FILES Pitt Game Notes Jordan Nwora is just the third Louisville player over the last 17 years to score 25 or more points in back-to-back games. Nwora scored a career-high 32 points against Boston College before pouring in 25 at Georgia Tech. Nwora is the second-most improved scorer in the nation with his 18.2 scoring average up 12.5 ppg from his 5.7 average last year. Christen Cunningham became just the third UofL player in the last 47 years to hand out 11 assists without a turnover when he accomplished that feat at Georgia Tech. In his last eight games, he has shot 62.9 percent from the field – including 55 percent on three-pointers (11-of-20) — while averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 assists. With its debut at No. 23 in the AP rankings this week, Louisville is one of only five schools to be ranked in the AP Top 25 poll at least once during each of the past 17 seasons, excluding preseason polls (others: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, and North Carolina). UofL has scored 80 or more points in 12 of its 19 games (80.2 ppg) and the Cardinals are 13th in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Ken Pomeroy. UofL leads the ACC in scoring offense for conference games (83.7 ppg). Louisville has a 45-12 record in its conference home games over the last six years (.789). UofL has the fourth-most conference home wins in its five years in the ACC with a 30-9 ACC home record. Dwayne Sutton has had double-doubles in three of the last five games. He has scored in double digits in eight of the last 10 games. Louisville’s 2019 signing class is ranked second in the nation by ESPN.com, fifth by Rivals.com and fifth by 247sports.com.Print Friendly Version Jaxen Kettler Remembered on Suits & Sneakers EventUofL Coach Chris Mack and his staff will be wearing sneakers at the Cardinals’ Jan. 26 game against Pittsburgh in support of the American Cancer Society’s work to save lives from cancer. During Coaches vs. Cancer Suits (@coachesvscancer) and Sneakers Awareness Week, a collaborative initiative of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the American Cancer Society, coaches across the country will be showing their support as well (#SuitsandSneakers).The cause will be localized with the Cardinal staff wearing sneakers branded with “Jaxen’s Journey,” remembering UofL strength and conditioning coach Andy Kettler’s son Jaxen, who  lost his life to brain cancer at the age of 2 in July 2016.  Kettler and his wife Kimbraly started Jaxen’s Journey to benefit pediatric cancer research.  Support can be provided through the organization’s website at  www.jaxensjourney.com Where to Watch Pittsburgh (12-7, 2-4 ACC), which already has four more victories than all last season, fell 79-64 at home to No. 2 Duke in its last game on Jan. 22 as Trey McGowens led Pitt with 14 points and two steals. GAME 20Date: Jan. 26, 2019Time: 2:00 p.m.Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,000) (142-22 in 9th year)Television: Raycom (WHAS-TV in Louisville; other stations: click link to the right) – TomWerme, play-by-play; Brian Oliver, analyst.Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers,play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 382, Internet 973)Series History: Louisville leads 16-6 (9-1 in Louisville, 7-2 in Pittsburgh, 0-3 neutral)Last Meeting: Pitt 89, UofL 86 (OT) (Jan. 9, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa.)UL National Ranking: 23rd Associated Press, 24th USA TodayOfficials: Pat Driscoll, Brian O’Connell, Tony ChiazzaNext UofL Game: Jan. 30 at Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C., 8:06 p.m. ET (Raycom/ WAVE-TV in Louisville) Louisville has a 16-6 series advantage over Pittsburgh and the Cardinals have won 12 of the last 13 matchups. Pitt won 89-86 in overtime earlier this season in Pittsburgh on Jan. 9 as the Panthers shot 52.5 percent from the field and UofL committed a season-high 18 turnovers. Christen Cunningham scored a season-high 23 points and handed out five assists. Live Stats Louisville, ranked 23rd by AP and 24th in the USA Today poll, plays its second straight home game in the KFC Yum! Center as the Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Panthers for the second time this season on Saturday. Louisville Game Notes last_img

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