The Louisville Cardinals will host the familiar Syracuse Orange on Wednesday night in the KFC Yum! Center. SU is tied for 5th in the ACC with a 14-11 record overall and 7-7 in the ACC. The Jim Boeheim led-Syracuse Orange have lost 4 of their last 5 with the lone win during that stretch coming in the Carrier Dome vs. Wake Forest (4 losses: Clemson, Duke, NC State, Florida State).

Syracuse’s best wins of the season have come against Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh during a mid-to-late January stretch.

The Orange are a better than typical Syracuse team and OK overall. Jim Boeheim’s teams are famous for playing the Syracuse zone and usually are a very good rebounding team….. this SU team is NOT a very good rebounding team.

Louisville should WIN this game, but the Cards have dropped 2 in a row to sub par teams on the road and last year’s game versus Syracuse was a 20-point loss (disaster) for Louisville. All of the following stats suggest Louisville “SHOULD” win Wednesday night, but if the team that takes the floor even closely resembles the team that played in UofL uniforms last week then it will be the 3rd loss in a row for the Cards. Let’s hope the team we watched all year shows up and gets back on track.

LouisvilleSyracuse
Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom)56th54th
PPG74.8 (58th)74.1 (78th)
Avg Scoring Margin10.9 (13th)5.3 (77th)
Field Goal %45.6% (53rd)43.7% (152nd)
Effective FG%52.8% (46th)51.0% (103rd)
2-pt FG %50.0% (147th)51.1% (101st)
3-pt FG %38.3% (12th)34.0% (138th)
FT %73.3% (90th)74.1% (71st)
Team Fouls Per Game17.2 (142nd)16.3 (75th)
Opp Team Fouls Per Game17.7 (179th)17.4 (201st)
FT Attempted Per Game19.2 (150th)20.1 (108th)
Opp FT Attempted Per Game16.7 (88th)17.6 (142nd)
Opp Shooting %38.5% (14th)40.4% (50th)
Opp Effective FG%44.7% (20th)48.1% (116th)
Opp 2-pt FG %44.2% (27th)49.3% (170th)
Opp 3-Pt FG %30.2% (45th)31.3% (79th)
Rebound Rate54.6% (15th)49.2% (207th)
Assists Per Game14.0 (78th)14.4 (59th)
Turnovers Per Game12.2 (86th)11.5 (35th)
Blocks Per Game2.9 (194th)4.4 (42nd)
Steals Per Game5.1 (300th)7.4 (67th)
Opp Turnovers Per Game11.5 (308th)13.8 (116th)
Opp Blocks Per Game3.2 (169th)2.8 (69th)
Opp Steals Per Game6.0 (117th)6.2 (151st)
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