Louisville vs Old Dominion: Pregame Breakdown

(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)
(Photo Cred: Scott Utterback)

The No. 10 Louisville Cardinal basketball team is set to tip-off against Old Dominion tonight at 9:30pm in Nassau, Bahamas to start the Cards’ quest for the Battle for Atlantis crown on AXSTV. The last time Louisville played in the Battle for Atlantis tournament was in 2012-13, the Cards opened with a gut-wrenching victory over Northern Iowa, followed by a blowout of then top-15 Missouri, and ended the tournament with a disappointing loss to a Duke squad the Cards would avenge when it mattered most, the NCAA Elite Eight.

Old Dominion comes into the game with 2-0 record with wins at Richmond and at home against James Madison. Old Dominion hasn’t set the nets on fire thus far, they come into this game only averaging 63 points per game so the Cards have an obvious advantage there. Old Dominion has been a familiar face in the NCAA tournament in recent years, so as a mid-major program they have had their share of success. Look for them to attempt to slow the tempo, and take the air out of the ball against a high scoring Louisville team that is guaranteed to want to play fast.

As i said, the game can be seen on AXS TV. Yes it’s a bummer the game is not on a channel that is easily found or widely registered to, but if the Cards advance tonight they will play on ESPN programs the rest of the tournament. Wichita State thoroughly dismantled LSU today by a score of 82-47, which means the winner of tonight’s game between Louisville and Old Dominion will face the Shockers tomorrow at 2:30pm.

I can’t imagine Old Dominion giving the Cards much of a contest tonight. Louisville has yet to give up 60 points this season and Old Dominion’s modest 63 ppg doesn’t bode well for the underdog. Cards win tonight 88-58 without much of a struggle. Here’s to hoping another trip to the Bahamas brings about the success we saw in that 2012-13 season!

Go Cards!

 

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