#1 Louisville hosts #4 Michigan

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Date: Dec. 3, 2019
Time: 7:30  p.m.
Site: KFC Yum! Center/Crum Court, Louisville, Ky. (22,090) (150-25 in 10th year)
Television: ESPN - Dave O'Brien, play-by-play; Dick Vitale, analyst; Kris Budden, reporter.
Radio: WHAS (840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (Sirius channel 81, XM 81, Internet 81)
Series History: UofL leads 3-1 (1-0 in Louisville, 1-0 in Ann Arbor, 1-1 neutral)
Last Meeting: Michigan 73, UofL 69 (March 19, 2017 in Indianapolis, Ind.; NCAA Midwest Region Second Round)
UL National Ranking: No. 1 Associated Press, No. 1 USA Today
Officials: Ron Groover, Jeffrey Anderson, Roger Ayers
Next UofL Game: Dec. 6 vs. Pittsburgh, KFC Yum! Center, 9 p.m. ET (ACCN)

Louisville returns to the KFC Yum! Center for its Big Ten/ACC Challenge presented by Continental Tire game against the Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday. UofL will unveil a new banner in the KFC Yum! Center recognizing its three NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honorees at halftime of the game.  The game is also a white out, fans are encouraged to wear white to the game.  

Louisville beat Western Kentucky 71-54 in Nashville, Tenn. as the Cardinals limited the Hilltoppers to 37 percent shooting from the field.

Louisville has four players averaging double figures through seven games.  Junior Jordan Nwora leads the team in scoring with 21.9 points per game, while pulling down 6.9 rebounds a game.  Dwayne Sutton is second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points while averaging a team best 8.4 rebounds per game.   Ryan McMahon ranks third on the team with 11.0 points while Steven Enoch is averaging 10.9 points.  Darius Perry leads the team with 40 assists.

The Wolverines (7-0) stormed through the Battle 4 Atlantis field, including beating No. 8 Gonzaga 84-64 in the championship game on Nov.29. Michigan posted a 30-7 record last season and advanced to its third straight NCAA Sweet 16. Under first year head coach Juwan Howard, the Wolverines have five players averaging nine or more points in scoring, led by 6-7 junior forward Isaiah Livers (17.0 ppg, .563 FG%, 21-of-41 three-pointers). Michigan is No. 3 in the Sagarin Ratings and 10th by Kenpom through Dec. 1. Michigan beat ACC member No. 6 North Carolina 73-64 in Atlantis.

Louisville (.519, sixth in the nation) and Michigan (.529, second in the nation) are both among the national leaders in field goal percentage through Dec. 1. Louisville and Michigan are two of the 20 Division I teams that remain unbeaten through games of Dec. 1.

Louisville has won three of its four previous matchups with Michigan, but lost the last meeting 73-69 to the Wolverines in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis, Ind. (3/19/17). Donovan Mitchell led UofL with 19 points and seven rebounds in his last game with the Cardinals. 

 

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UofL has won its first seven games of the season for the first time since the 2014-15 season, when the Cards won their first 11 games.

Louisville has won three of its five previous Big Ten/ACC Challenge events, beating No. 9 Michigan State 82-78 in overtime in last year's event.

Louisville is seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (.519) and is 17th in the nation in three-point percentage (.480, second in the ACC). Louisville is second in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency by Kenpom.com.

Louisville's No. 2 AP ranking is the highest the Cardinals have been ranked since they were No. 2 on March 18, 2013 in the final poll of the season.

In his last game, Jordan Nwora scored 25 points with five rebounds vs. Western Kentucky, his fifth occasion scoring over 20 points in his first seven games. His 153 points scored this year is the most by a UofL player through seven games over the last 20 seasons. He is second in the ACC in scoring (21.3 ppg). The preseason ACC Player of the Year, Nwora was a preseason All-America selection by AP and many others. He needs 11 points for 900 at UofL.

Darius Perry is fourth in the ACC in assists (5.7 apg, 34th in the nation), nearly four times his average assists from last season. He is second in the ACC in assist/turnover ratio (3.08).

Dwayne Sutton leads the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.4). He needs 21 points for 1,000 career points (571 UofL, 408 at UNC Asheville).

Ryan McMahon is second in the ACC and ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.538, ninth in the nation) and Jordan Nwora is fourth in the ACC (.500, 19th in the nation).