Jan 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Villanova Wildcats guard Tony Chennault (5) tries to fight thru Louisville Cardinals guards Peyton Siva (3) and Wayne Blackshear (20) during the first half at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville Visits Hoyas At Bad Time

Jan 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter, Jr. (22) pauses in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Purcell Pavilion. Georgetown won 63-47. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville (16-3) will attempt to overcome a two-game losing streak when they travel to Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The No. 5 Cards will face a tough Georgetown (13-4) squad inside the Verizon Center.

The timing couldn’t be worse for the Cardinals to visit the Hoyas. After a heart breaking 70-68 loss to Syracuse (18-1), UofL performed poorly on the road when Villanova (12-7) upset the Cards 72-64 earlier this week. Georgetown is 4-1 at home against Louisville all-time. The Hoyas also lead the series with an 8-4 advantage. To make an uphill battle more difficult, Georgetown has won three straight against UofL.

Georgetown has handled Top 25 teams well this season. They are 2-1 against ranked foes and the only loss was an overtime thriller against then No. 1 Indiana. The Hoosiers (17-2) won 82-72. Before playing IU, G-Town knocked off then No. 11 UCLA (16-4) 78-70. On Monday of this week, the Hoyas dismantled No. 24 Notre Dame (15-4) to win 63-47.

Otto Porter Jr. leads Georgetown in nearly every category. The lanky Porter produces team highs with 14.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.9 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. The 6’8″ forward is also the most accurate 3-point threat at 45 percent. The Hoyas will be without George Whittington who is out indefinitely due to academic issues. Whittington was averaging 12.1 points in 13 games. Georgetown’s strength is their defense. They are only allowing 55.8 points per game.

Louisville is only allowing 58.0 points per game, but will look to get back on track offensively. The Cardinals were 12 of 24 from the line and shot just 39.7 percent from the field against Nova. Leading scorers Russ Smith and Peyton Siva were a poor 7-26 shooting in the effort. Smith is averaging 18.7 points, while Siva is adding 11.5 per game. Gorgui Dieng continues to own the glass with 10.1 rebounds per outing.

This is a huge January match-up for both squads. A win could easily propel Georgetown into the Top 25 and Louisville out with a third straight loss.

Prediction:

– UofL 68 G-Town 60

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