Louisville will travel to Miami to face the Hurricanes on Wednesday.  The battle will be between two strikingly similar teams statistically.  Miami and Louisville both are nearly identical defensively with UofL fouling more often than UM.  Offensively the Canes have a slight edge, but the Cards shoot free throws dramatically better than Miami.  This game will be on the road for the Cards and while the Canes have slid out of the polls Miami is still a very strong team at 14-4 (3-3 ACC).

Miami started 10-0 and currently claims wins over Minnesota, Middle Tennessee State, Florida State and NC State.  UM has fallen to New Mexico State, Georgia Tech, Clemson & Duke.  The Cards will have to SCORE to beat Miami in its own gym.  Here is the stat comparison:

Louisville Miami
Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom) 80th 65th
PPG 77.8 (63rd) 73.9 (149th)
Avg Scoring Margin 9.8 (40th) 10.9 (29th)
Field Goal % 45.5% (112th) 47.6% (39th)
Effective FG% 51.6% (135th) 53.6% (72nd)
2-pt FG % 51.2% (122nd) 53.7% (46th)
3-pt FG % 34.9% (160th) 35.6% (131st)
FT % 74.7% (61st) 63.9% (339th)
FT Attempted Per Game 19.4 (186th) 16.2 (303rd)
Opp FT Attempted Per Game 18.0 (116th) 14.9 (16th)
Rebound Rate 51.4% (102nd) 50.9% (128th)
Blocks Per Game 7.1 (2nd) 4.3 (57th)
Steals Per Game 7.5 (40th) 7.1 (73rd)
Assists Per Game 13.5 (163rd) 13.6 (155th)
Turnovers Per Game 12.5 (100th) 12.0 (57th)
Opp Turnovers Per Game 14.6 (74th) 14.3 (100th)
Team Fouls Per Game 16.9 (78th) 15.8 (30th)
Opp Shooting % 38.6% (8th) 39.1% (13th)
Opp Effective FG% 44.0% (9th) 44.3% (11th)
Opp 2-pt FG % 43.2% (10th) 43.6% (12th)
Opp 3-Pt FG % 30.3% (11th) 30.4% (12th)
Opp Blocks Per Game 2.7 (55th) 3.0 (101st)
Opp Steals Per Game 6.5 (229th) 6.0 (147th)
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