The University of Louisville will square off against the Tennessee Volunteers tonight at 5:00 inside the Barclays Center in Brookyln, NY.  The Cards are 12-7 all-time against the Volunteers (2-1 on neutral floors).  UofL also won the last meeting between the two schools in the 2008 NCAA East Region Semifinals (Sweet 16) in Charlotte, NC.

#5 Tennessee is 3-0 on the season with wins over Louisiana and Georgia Tech.  The Rick Barnes led Vols return a veteran unit with 5 starters as juniors or seniors along with the 2018 SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams.  Admiral Schofield was also 2nd team ALL-SEC a year ago.  The Volunteers have experience, but they also have a great deal of size.

One area the Cards may have an advantage is their bench, surprisingly, as Tennessee relies heavily on its starting group to play the bulk of its minutes.  The Cards are #1 in the country in fouls drawn in 2018-19 and will have its early offensive rankings put to the test by a very good defensive team.

Team Stats

Louisville Tennessee
Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom) 340th 148th
PPG 91.7 (9th) 76.5 (123rd)
Avg Scoring Margin 23.7 (15th) 17.5 (33rd)
Field Goal % 53.5% (9th) 47.7% (70th)
Effective FG% 61.1% (9th) 53.6% (96th)
2-pt FG % 64.7% (5th) 51.3% (155th)
3-pt FG % 37.3% (90th) 39.4% (60th)
FT % 78.0% (32nd) 68.0% (185th)
FT Attempted Per Game 42.3 (1st) 25.0 (56th)
Opp FT Attempted Per Game 19.7 (155th) 17.5 (103rd)
Rebound Rate 61.2% (5th) 54.5% (63rd)
Blocks Per Game 3.0 (206th) 4.0 (124th)
Steals Per Game 4.7 (283rd) 4.5 (293rd)
Assists Per Game 13.0 (173rd) 19.5 (15th)
Turnovers Per Game 12.0 (70th) 12.0 (84th)
Opp Turnovers Per Game 14.3 (138th) 13.0 (213rd)
Team Fouls Per Game 19.7 (193rd) 17.0 (69th)
Opp Team Fouls Per Game 29.0 (1st) 23.0 (36th)
Opp Shooting % 41.5% (110th) 33.9% (9th)
Opp Effective FG% 48.8% (136th) 38.4% (7th)
Opp 2-pt FG % 44.0% (59th) 39.0% (16th)
Opp 3-Pt FG % 37.5% (261st) 25.0% (25th)
Opp Blocks Per Game 1.0 (11th) 1.5 (29th)
Opp Steals Per Game 4.0 (24th) 6.5 (190th)

Starters

Christen Cunningham Jordan Bone
6-2, 190, Sr. 6-3, 174, Jr.
Minutes 21.0 29.7
Points 4.3 14.3
FG % 20.00% 47.20%
3P % 16.70% 18.20%
FT% 100.00% 70.00%
Rebounds 1.3 3.0
Assists 2.7 4.0
Steals 0.0 1.3
Blocks 0.0 0.0
Turnovers 1.3 2.3
Fouls 1.7 1.0
Darius Perry Jordan Bowden
6-2, 195, Soph 6-5, 193, Jr.
Minutes 24.7 32.3
Points 14.7 8.7
FG % 73.70% 35.00%
3P % 66.70% 58.30%
FT% 90.90% 100.00%
Rebounds 1.7 5.0
Assists 2.0 4.0
Steals 0.3 0.3
Blocks 0.0 0.3
Turnovers 1.3 0.7
Fouls 3.3 2.7
VJ King Admiral Schofield
6-6, 215, Jr. 6-6, 241, Sr.
Minutes 21.0 33.7
Points 11.3 12.0
FG % 44.40% 39.00%
3P % 33.30% 25.00%
FT% 76.20% 25.00%
Rebounds 4.3 7.7
Assists 1.0 5.0
Steals 0.0 0.3
Blocks 0.0 0.3
Turnovers 2.7 2.3
Fouls 2.7 2.3
Dwayne Sutton Grant Williams
6-5, 215, Jr. 6-7, 236, Jr.
Minutes 28.0 31.3
Points 5.0 22.0
FG % 33.3% 64.70%
3P % 20.0% 57.10%
FT% 72.7% 72.00%
Rebounds 5.3 8.3
Assists 2.0 3.7
Steals 0.7 1.3
Blocks 0.0 0.7
Turnovers 1.3 2.7
Fouls 1.7 3
Steven Enoch Kyle Alexander
6-10, 260, Jr. 6-11, 215, Sr.
Minutes 21.0 28.7
Points 14.0 12.7
FG % 76.50% 66.70%
3P % 100% 50.00%
FT% 88.20% 81.30%
Rebounds 5.0 6.3
Assists 0.3 1.0
Steals 0.0 0.3
Blocks 1.0 2.7
Turnovers 1.7 1.3
Fouls 2.3 1.7

Bench

Ryan McMahon
6-0, 180, Jr.
Minutes 18.0
Points 8.0
FG % 45.50%
3P % 44.40%
FT% 100.00%
Rebounds 1.3
Assists 3.0
Steals 1.3
Blocks 0.0
Turnovers 0.3
Fouls 1.3
Khwan Fore
6-0, 185, Sr.
Minutes 17.3
Points 3.7
FG % 37.50%
3P % 33.30%
FT% 44.40%
Rebounds 1.0
Assists 0.7
Steals 0.0
Blocks 0.0
Turnovers 0.3
Fouls 1.0
Jordan Nwora Jalen Johnson
6-8, 215, Soph 6-6, 187, Soph
Minutes 23.7 4.0
Points 18.0 2.5
FG % 53.10% 100.00%
3P % 35.70% 100.00%
FT% 83.30% 0.00%
Rebounds 6.3 1.5
Assists 0.7 0.0
Steals 1.3 0.0
Blocks 0.3 0.0
Turnovers 1.7 0.5
Fouls 2.3 1.0
Akoy Agau Yes Pons
6-8, 235, Sr. 6-6, 209, Soph
Minutes 12.0 16.3
Points 7.0 3.7
FG % 100.0% 62.50%
3P % 0.0% 0.00%
FT% 83.3% 33.30%
Rebounds 7.0 4.0
Assists 1.0 0.7
Steals 0.0 1.0
Blocks 1.0 1.3
Turnovers 1.0 0.3
Fouls 1.0 3.0
Malik Williams John Fulkerson
6-11, 215, Soph 6-9, 197, Soph
Minutes 16.0 17.3
Points 8.7 4.0
FG % 64.30% 71.40%
3P % 0.0% 0.00%
FT% 50.00% 40.00%
Rebounds 4.7 4.3
Assists 0.3 2.0
Steals 1.0 1.3
Blocks 1.0 0.7
Turnovers 0.7 0.7
Fouls 2.7 1.0
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