Louisville basketball: Three bold predictions for Boston College game

David Johnson #13 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
David Johnson #13 of the Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Looking at three bold predictions for Louisville basketball’s matchup against Boston College.

Louisville is 6-1 this year. That sounds all well and good. it sounds like – with a start like that – they are about to cruise to March without issue. However, a couple of lackluster performances recently have raised questions as to just how good this team is heading into 2021.

The Cardinals squeaked out a close victory against one of the worst Kentucky teams in the past 100 years, narrowly defeated a shorthanded Pitt, and were blown out by Wisconsin (the only ranked team they have played this year).

It is never easy to say that a 6-1 team is obviously struggling but that is truly the case for this squad right now.

One of the ACC teams struggling even more than Louisville right now is Boston College. The Eagles have limped their way to a 2-6 record on the year so far and have lost five of their last six games.

If Louisville wants to be a tournament team, they simply cannot lose this game. The Eagles are an inferior ACC team right now that are struggling to defend anyone. They have already given up 90-plus points on three different occasions this year including 101 to Syracuse.

There is nothing wrong with getting a little bit bold in 2021. Let’s predict three things that could happen in this matchup between Louisville and Boston College.

David Johnson scores 30-plus points

It feels like David Johnson is about to explode for a nationally recognized performance. He had a very good game against Kentucky and it feels like he is finding his stride in every area of the game minus turnovers.

Boston College is a very bad defensive team that gives up over 80 points per game ranking 309th in points per game against them. On teams that lack a good big man – like the Eagles do – Johnson should be able to do whatever he wants to the defense in this matchup.

The Eagles also are one of 10 teams to allow over a 50 percent field goal percentage against them this season. There is little resistance on that front and I would expect David Johnson to be the main beneficiary of this.

Do not be surprised at all if the stud sophomore puts his stamp on the ACC just as conference play is getting started. Expect this to be a performance where Johnson shoots over 60 percent and asserts his dominance.

This is a perfect opportunity for Louisville to get their feet back under them after a couple of rocky performances to end 2020. Johnson could be the main protagonist in doing so.