Louisville travels to Charlottesville to face the #2 Virginia Cavaliers.  The trek to UVA, or playing the Wahoos at all recently has been an absolute chore since the Cards joined the ACC as UofL is 1-5 since the 2014-15 season.  The sole victory came on a Mangok Mathiang ‘prayer’ at the buzzer.  Louisville is 0-3 vs. the Cavs in Charlottesville as well.

But it’s not just the 5 losses that makes Virginia such a tough game.  It’s the manner in which Lousiville plays while playing against Tony Bennett’s squad and how badly they are beaten.  In the 5 games here are the point differentials:  5 points, 16 points, 22 points, 8 points, 16 points.  And 8 points vs. UVA might as well be 100.  Virginia takes the air out of the ball, they take FOREVER to pick up the ball to inbound after makes thereby forcing defenses to play extra time (and shortening the clock).  Defensive rebounding and forcing misses is at a PREMIUM.  Also Lousiville must value the ball on each possession as well.  The trouble with playing Virginia is that they frustrate teams to do things they are accustomed to doing and they take advantage of teams who rush to try to catch up.

But Louisville has struggled vs. Virginia FOREVER, even in the 80s when the Cards had things ROLLING.  Before Tony Bennett even Denny Crum  struggled to beat Virginia.   Louisville also lost a 1924 contest 41-26 to UVA when the Cards were coached by Fred Enke.  Peck Hickman DID prevail over UVA in 1947 and Denny did finally figure out the Cavaliers after starting 0-4 in 1982-1985 and finally got on the right side in 1989 & 1990.  Overall Louisville is 4-10 all-time versus Virginia.

Louisville Virginia
Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom) 69th 33rd
PPG 78.5 (52nd) 69.0 (261st)
Avg Scoring Margin 9.6 (39th) 16.8 (7th)
Field Goal % 45.5% (112th) 46.5% (74th)
Effective FG% 51.6% (135th) 53.3% (78th)
2-pt FG % 51.5% (111th) 50.7% (144th)
3-pt FG % 34.6% (186th) 38.6% (43rd)
FT % 74.4% (71st) 76.8% (21st)
FT Attempted Per Game 19.5 (168th) 13.8 (346th)
Opp FT Attempted Per Game 18.5 (138th) 12.4 (1st)
Rebound Rate 50.7% (137th) 50.7% (137th)
Blocks Per Game 7.1 (2nd) 4.3 (56th)
Steals Per Game 7.8 (28th) 7.7 (31st)
Assists Per Game 13.5 (160th) 13.7 (148th)
Turnovers Per Game 12.2 (79th) 9.2 (1st)
Opp Turnovers Per Game 14.8 (62nd) 14.6 (74th)
Team Fouls Per Game 17.0 (85th) 14.0 (2nd)
Opp Shooting % 38.9% (7th) 37.0% (3rd)
Opp Effective FG% 44.3% (7th) 42.6% (3rd)
Opp 2-pt FG % 43.5% (10th) 42.0% (5th)
Opp 3-Pt FG % 30.5% (10th) 29.1% (5th)
Opp Blocks Per Game 2.9 (84th) 2.9 (84th)
Opp Steals Per Game 6.5 (225th) 4.2 (4th)
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