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Louisville vs. College of Charleston: Complete Game Preview and Predictions

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 18:  Rick Pitino the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the game against the Miami Redhawks at KFC YUM! Center on November 18, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Jon HancockSenior Analyst IDecember 4, 2012

Louisville is coming off a tough game against Illinois State at home Saturday afternoon, but was able to fight back for the win. The Cardinals will have another battle Tuesday night when they take on the College of Charleston on the road.

Louisville is 2-0 against the College of Charleston all-time, this will be the first time the two teams will face in South Carolina.

Louisville comes in ranked fifth in the nation, their only loss to No. 2-ranked Duke Blue Devils in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The Cardinals will be without their star center, Gorgui Dieng, who broke his wrist and will be out the entire month of December.

The CofC Cougars come into the game 5-2, losing to St. Johns and Auburn. They did beat a very good Baylor team last week.

College of Charleston Head Coach Doug Wojcik said of the game via CofCsports.com:

We take one game at a time, but we will be prepared for Louisville. I can tell you, we will do our best to bring it. The effort will be there, like it always is. We struggled at Elon a little bit, but our effort was there and we were able to pull it out in the end. We will continue to work hard and build on what we have going right now. It will be a great atmosphere at TD Arena on Tuesday night and we are looking forward to the rematch

 

Location: TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

 

When: Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPNU

Online: ESPN3

Listen: WKRD Radio (790 AM) in Louisville, Ky.

            ESPN Radio (910 AM) in Charleston, S.C.

 

Starting Lineups

College of Charleston

F Adjehi Baru, 6'9", 225 lbs

F Willis Hall, 6'6", 235 lbs

SF Anthony Thomas, 6'7", 207 lbs

G Andrew Lawrence, 6'1", 185 lbs

PG Anthony Stitt, 6'1", 180 lbs

 

 

Louisville

C Zach Price, 6'10”, 250 lbs

PF Chane Behanan, 6'6”, 250 lbs

F Wayne Blackshear, 6'5”, 230 lbs

G Russ Smith, 6'0”, 165 lbs

PG Peyton Siva, 6'0”, 185 lbs

 

Matchup to Watch: Russ Smith versus Andrew Lawrence

Russ Smith is a fantastic defender and a fearless scorer. Lawrence is a terrific shooter, who doesn't make many mistakes.

Lawrence has 160 three-pointers in his career. This year he averages 14 points and 4.3 assists per game for the Cougars, shooting 42.9 percent from the outside.

Lawrence competed in the 2012 Olympic Games for Great Britain. 

Smith leads the Cardinals in scoring with 19.9 points a game, he is ranked 11th in the nation in steals with three per game.


Game Notes

- Louisville averages 73.4 points a game.

- Louisville averages 39.7 rebounds and 15 assists per game.

- College of Charleston averages 63 points a game.

- College of Charleston averages 37.1 rebounds and 11 assists per game.

- Louisville forces 21.1 turnovers a game and has scored 180 points off of turnovers.

- Louisville shoots a 30.2 three-point percentage—CofC shoots a 41.5 three-point percentage.

- The Cougars are 3-5 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10.

 

Game Predictions

The Louisville Cardinals will have a battle to the end against the Cougars. It will all depend on how CofC does against the pressure of the Louisville guards.

Russ Smith will once again lead Louisville in scoring, but will also have several turnovers.

Chane Behanan will be the force Louisville needs on the defensive end and will have at least 12 rebounds.

Luke Hancock will be the spark off the bench with nine points and several key passes.

Expect the Cardinals to not lead most of the game, but in the end Louisville's defense will suffocate the Cougars and help the Cardinals to escape with a win. 

Louisville will win 77-70.


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