Pregame Breakdown: Louisville at Notre Dame

The Louisville Cardinals travel to South Bend on Saturday for a conference matchup with Notre Dame. After beating Miami on Tuesday, Louisville is now 12-3 overall and 3–1 in the ACC. Notre Dame is currently 10-5 and 1-3.

Louisville leads the all time series 24-15. The Cards, however, are 5-9 on the road and have won once in South Bend since 1994. Louisville is 12-8 against Notre Dame since this game became a yearly conference matchup in 2005-2006. The Cards have won four straight in the series, including a 75-53 win in the ACC tournament last March.

John Mooney leads the Irish in both scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (13.6). He and Jordan Nwora are the only two players from last season’s All-ACC teams to return to school. Both players made the Third Team.

TJ Gibbs (13.0), Prentice Hubb (12.4),  and Dane Goodwin (11.3) all average double figures for Notre Dame. As a team, they rely on the three point shot as much as anyone in the nation. While shooting 34.8 percent from deep on the year, Mike Brey’s team gets nearly 40 percent of its points from threes. Only 18 teams in the nation have a more lopsided point distribution.

Notre Dame only has one freshman on the team and he plays 1.8 minutes per game. The veteran squad has the best offensive turnover rate in the country. On defense, they do not force many turnovers, but they rarely foul and force teams to make jump shots in order to beat them.

Louisville won 74-58 on Tuesday against Miami. It was not the prettiest game, but the Cards showed up and took care of business to improve to 3-1 in conference play, Today presents a similar task. Notre Dame, like Miami, has struggled against good teams and is not projected to compete for an NCAA tournament bid. This is a building that has given all sorts of Louisville teams trouble though. Until David Padgett’s team broke through two seasons ago, Louisville had not won on the road at Notre Dame since the 1993-1994 season.

Louisville beat Notre Dame twice last season by double digits. This is an experienced Irish team that are familiar with the Cards. They’re also familiar with losing to them, having not won since 2017.

Louisville will be forced to win this game on the offensive end. Notre Dame will try to keep them out of the paint and run their offense on the perimeter. That’s something that Louisville has struggled to do before this season. We shall see which version of the Louisville offense we are going to get today.

The game tips at 2:00 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN.

Prediction:

Louisville 70 Notre Dame 65

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