Louisville will enter this game looking to make up for the 70-68 loss it suffered to Syracuse on January 19 at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals followed that up with back-to-back upset losses to Villanova and Georgetown.
Despite the losses, Louisville is still one of the best teams in the Big East.
Russ Smith and Peyton Siva arguably make up the best backcourt in the conference, if not one of the best in the nation.
In the last meeting between Louisville and Syracuse, the Cardinals had a poor shooting day, making just 40.7 percent from the field. They were also out rebounded by the Orange 35-31. Meanwhile, senior guard Siva, who averages 11 points a game, had a season-low three points in the game. Fellow guard Russ Smith picked up the slack for Siva, scoring a game-high 25 points in the losing effort.
The Orange shouldn't expect another poor showing from Siva the second time around.
Syracuse also struggled in the game, committing 15 turnovers that kept it close. Star point guard Michael Carter-Williams played poorly for the majority of the game, committing a season-high eight turnovers. However, he took the game over in the final five minutes and was instrumental in securing the upset victory.
Senior guard Brandon Triche led the Orange with 23 points, including making five of seven three-point attempts.
Aside from the backcourt matchup, keep an eye on what happens in the paint. In the previous game, Louisville's center, Gorgui Dieng, was held to four points and eight rebounds—both below his season average. Syracuse will need to contain him again in this game if the Orangemen hope to seal a victory.
This will once again be a great matchup. Look for Peyton Siva to play better for Louisville, helping the Cardinals get revenge on the Orange.
Prediction: Louisville 68 Syracuse 65