Louisville (15-3, 4-1) hits the road today in an ACC matchup against Georgia Tech (11-7, 1-4) and tries to win their 3rd game in a row. Georgia Tech doesn’t have a great conference record, but they have lost all four of those conference games by less than 10 points. Here is a very quick preview of the game.
Spread: Louisville opened as 5 point favorite
Site: McCamish Pavilion Atlanta, Ga. (8,500)
Television: ESPN2 Mike Couzens, play-by-play; Chris Spatola, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Doug Ormay, analyst (Sirius channel 84, XM 84)
Series History: UofL leads 16-13 (9-4 in Louisville, 3-4 in Atlanta, 4-5 neutral)
Last Meeting: UL 52, Georgia Tech 51 (Feb. 23, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga.)
UofL National Ranking: 16th USA Today, 17th Associated Press
Officials: Roger Ayers, Sean Hull, Tim Comer
Next UofL Game: Jan. 27 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 8 p.m. ET (ACC Network/WAVE-TV in Louisville)
Last 5 games
-Louisville has won 4 of their last 5 heading into today and looks to continue that. They are coming off of two of their most impressive performances of the season, a great defensive effort against Pittsburgh and then a 19 point win over Florida State that wasn’t even that close.
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-Georgia Tech has the reversed record in their last 5 games. They have lost two in a row and 4 of their last 5. However, when you look at who they have played and the scores, you see how close they are to that 1-4 ACC record being much better. All four of their conference losses are by 8 points or less, and three of those games were on the road. It seems like this team is just a few possessions away from putting some wins together, and hopefully that doesn’t happen today.
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One game at a time
It is easy to get caught looking ahead on Louisville’s schedule. As fans, we are definitely allowed to, since we have no impact on games. It’s the players and coaches that you want focused on the task at hand. Today, that task is taking care of the first of two road games before coming home for Virginia and North Carolina. Picking up a road win against Georgia Tech would make the Cards winners of 3 in a row and 5 of their last 6.
You take that momentum into Virginia Tech, who won’t be an easy game, and try to get home with two wins on the road. But you can’t get two unless you get the first one today. Any road win is big, but this is another one that the Cards shouldn’t drop if they are a serious contender in the ACC.
Quick Georgia Tech notes
Sorry for the quick game preview today. Short on time and wanted to at least get something up here about the game. But here are just a few quick hitters about the Yellow Jackets.
-Averaging 77 points per game.
-Leading scorer is Marcus Georges-Hunt, a senior guard averaging 15.4 points per game. He is 6’5 and is coming off of a 27 point performance against Virginia Tech.
-10 players average double digit minutes per game.
-6’8 senior Charles Mitchell is averaging a double-double this season with 12.2 points and 11 rebounds per game. He has games this season with rebounding totals of 18, 17, and 15 (twice). He has 11 double-doubles on the season.
-All 5 projected starters are from the state of Georgia.
Last year’s game