Pregame Breakdown: Louisville At Clemson

Louisville wraps up its week on the road with a Saturday afternoon matchup at Clemson. The Cardinals 10 game winning streak ended on Wednesday night with a loss at Georgia Tech. Louisville currently sits at 21-4 overall and 12-2 in the ACC. Clemson enters the contest at 12-12 and 6-8.

Louisville beat Clemson on January 28th in a 80-62 rout. Ironically, that game came right after a close win over Georgia Tech in which the Cards struggled tremendously. Louisville came out and dominated Clemson from the jump.

Louisville had been playing well for over a month straight, but the Cards put together their worst performance of the season on Wednesday night. Louisville shot only 3-24 from three point range. They turned the ball over 16 times with only 10 assists and shot 34 percent from the field. Georgia Tech led for the entire game. Louisville had every chance to go on a run and put it away, but the shots weren’t falling and they could not finish the job.

You would like to think that the Georgia Tech result was a relatively fluke performance. Louisville is probably not going to have that bad of a shooting game again this season. Maybe it is hard to get up for some ACC games this season given the weakness of the league. There have not been nearly as many high profile matchups as Louisville is used to playing in the conference. Wednesday night showed that despite the lack of top level teams this year, these are still power conference programs capable of stealing a win on any night.

This matchup with Clemson is another somewhat unexciting matchup. The last time these two played, Louisville was fresh off of a bad performance and used the opportunity to bounce back and gain some momentum moving forward. A similar opportunity presents itself today. The loss at Georgia Tech was a bummer, but a big win today could salvage something from this short road trip.

The game tips at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ACC Network.

Prediction:

Louisville 73  Clemson 60

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