On January 19, the Orange entered the KFC Yum! Center and knocked off the then No. 1 Cardinals 70-68 during a wild finish. After leading 68-66, Louisville missed two shots and committed two devastating turnovers that led to easy Syracuse buckets.
Syracuse has been nearly unbeatable inside the Carrier Dome this season going 16-1. The only home loss was to No. 11 Georgetown (22-4) which was the final game between the two in the Carrier Dome as BIG EAST members. The Orange could not overcome the loss as they dropped their next game to No. 17 Marquette (20-7) 71-74; their second two-game losing streak of the season.
Louisville is 7-3 on the road, but only two are quality wins. They defeated Memphis (24-4) back in December and blasted Connecticut (19-8) in January. Another quality road win would give the Cardinals a chance to win the BIG EAST regular championship and shot at a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed.
Michael Carter-Williams continues to be the most dangerous and complete player for the Orange. Carter-Williams averages 12.5 points, 7.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.9 steals per game. He also delivered the winning basket back in January and scored 16 points against UofL. Brandon Triche is the leading scorer with 14.5 points and C.J. Fair is the top rebounder with 7.3 per game.
Russ Smith was the only double-digit scorer for Louisville in the first meeting and finished with a game high 25 points. Russdiculous is averaging 18.4 points and 2.2 steals per game. Gorgui Dieng’s rebounding dominance has dropped off recently, but still averages 9.9 per outing. He hasn’t reached double-digit rebounds in two consecutive games, but has made up for it with points averaging 16.5; 6.7 better than his 9.8 average.
Syracuse is currently a 1.5 point favorite despite being on a two-game losing streak and Louisville winning their last four.
Tipoff is at Noon EST and will be nationally televised on CBS.
UofL 67 Cuse 62