First screening report: British men’s basketball vs Louisville

A first look to the future Kentucky Wildcats Upcoming Men’s Basketball Game:

The adversary

The Kentucky No.21 (8-2, 0-0 SEC) will face intra-state rival Louisville (7-4, 1-0 ACC) on Wednesday, December 22 at Rupp Arena (capacity 20,545).

The game will begin at 6 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Coach Chris Mack’s Cardinals lost 82-72 at Western Kentucky on Saturday.

Series history

Kentucky leads the all-time series with Louisville 37-17. During John Calipari’s time in training (since 2009-10), the Wildcats are 11-3 against the Cardinals.

Most recent meeting

Louisville guards Carlik Jones (20) and David Johnson (17) totaled 37 points as Cardinals gave Chris Mack his first win over Kentucky with a 62-59 win at the KFC Yum Center on December 26, 2020.

Power rankings

Thanks to Friday’s matches, the NCAA NET Rank had Kentucky # 51 and Louisville # 64.

the Kenpom Leaderboards classified UK n ° 21 and U of L n ° 43.

Kentucky was No. 25 in the Evaluations of Sagarin with Louisville n ° 41.

Know your enemy

1. Offensive balance has been history for Louisville so far in 2021-22. Heading into Saturday’s game at WKU, the U of L had eight players averaging between 5.9 and 10.9 points per game.

The great veteran Malik Williams was the Cardinals’ best player, leading the U of L in goals (10.9 points per game) and rebounds (9.7 shots per game) while shooting 52.5 percent from the field.

Williams, however, did not play in Saturday’s contest in Western Kentucky due to COVID-19 protocols. His status for Wednesday night is unclear.

2. Louisville Guardian Noah Locke (9.6 points per game, 2.4 rpg, 31.2% field goals, 31.1% three-point tries) recently recalled playing in a win over Great Britain at the Rupp Arena.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound product from Baltimore scored six points for Florida in the Gators’ 71-67 win over Kentucky at Lexington on February 27.

In three seasons playing for Florida, Locke has averaged 10.1 points and completed 40.3% of his three-point tries.

However, he hasn’t been particularly effective against Great Britain in his career.

In Locke’s previous six games against the Cats, he averaged 6 points per game and only scored once in double digits – 14 points on 5 of 11 shots in the return win of the United Kingdom 71-70 in Florida in the 2019-20 regular season. final.

Locke scored a high 20 points on 8 of 18 and 4 of 13 shots in Saturday’s loss to WKU.

3. Chris Mack is 1-2 as a Louisville boss against Kentucky, but came close to beating the UK at Rupp in 2019-20.

The Cardinals rallied eight at halftime to force extra time, only to see the UK win 78-70 behind 27 points from Tyrese Maxey, 18 from Immanuel Quickley and a double-double (13 points , 10 rebounds) of Nick Richards.

During his previous coaching stoppage at Xavier, Mack was an effective “rivalry coach”, going 6-3 against rivals Crosstown. Cincinnati.

Mack will look to lead U of L on Wednesday to their first win over Great Britain at Rupp Arena since Rick Pitino’s Cards strangled Billy Gillispie’s Cats 89-75 on January 5, 2008.

Louisville subsequently lost its last six games to Kentucky in Lexington.

This story was originally published December 18, 2021 7:44 pm.

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Mark Story has worked in the sports department of the Lexington Herald-Leader since August 27, 1990 and has been a sports columnist for the Herald-Leader since 2001. I have covered every Kentucky-Louisville football game since 1994, every UK- basketball. U of L. match but three since 1996-97 and each Kentucky Derby since 1994.
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