Indiana concludes its trip to New York for the Empire Classic on Tuesday with a third-place game against Louisville.
The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer on Sunday to No. 19 Texas.
Below are the key details for the 21st all-time meeting between the Hoosiers and Cardinals.
Further below we take a final look back at the loss to UConn with an abbreviated edition of The Report Card.
Game Day Essentials:
Louisville (2-2) vs. Indiana (3-1)
- Tip Time: 4:30 p.m. Eastern, Monday
- Location: Madison Square Garden (19,812), New York City, New York
- Television: ESPNU (Karl Ravech, Jay Williams, Myron Medcalf)
- Stream: Watch ESPN
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Point Spread: Indiana is a 7-point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: No. 79 Indiana 76 – No. 143 Louisville 71
- Series: Indiana leads series, 11-9 (IU won last meeting 68-67 in 2018)
• Louisville coach Kenny Payne and Indiana head coach Mike Woodson previously worked together as assistant coaches for the New York Knicks. Payne and Woodson are two of 29 coaches in the country who were NBA Draft picks, and they’re also two of the 51 coaches in the nation currently leading their alma mater.
• UofL Director of Analytics and Video Technology Gabe Snider – an on-court coach for the Cardinals who worked with Payne and Woodson at the Knicks – was also a graduate assistant for Indiana from 2016-18.
• Seven of the previous 20 meetings between Louisville and Indiana came with Denny Crum and Bobby Knight at the helm of their programs (4-3 UofL edge). Crum passed on May 9 of this year at age 86, while Knight passed Nov. 1 at 83.
• After allowing UMBC and Chattanooga to make 25 of 55 combined 3-pointers (45.5%), the Cardinals have held Coppin State and Texas to 5-for-34 from 3-point range (14.7%) in their last two games.
• Louisville’s 27 made free throws against Texas were its most since Nov. 27, 2018, against Michigan State. The Cardinals have made 75 of 104 free throws through four games while their opponents have attempted just 73.
LOUISVILLE ROSTER, STATS AND RESULTS
|11/6/2023||UMBC||Louisville, KY||W 94-93|
|11/10/2023||Chattanooga||Louisville, KY||L 71-81|
|11/15/2023||Coppin State||Louisville, KY||W 61-41|
|11/19/2023||vs. Texas||New York, N.Y.||L 80-81|
UCONN REPORT CARD
Below is an abbreviated version of The Report Card for the UConn game. We’ll take a more in depth look at the Empire Classic in its totality on Tuesday.
- With Xavier Johnson in foul trouble against UConn, Indiana’s backcourt was a problem
- Here’s UConn coach Dan Hurley’s read on IU basketball
- Watch: IU basketball’s Woodson, Reneau and Galloway discuss loss to UConn
- IU basketball: UConn 77 Indiana 57 — Three keys, highlights, final stats
Offense (D) UConn’s coach Dan Hurley made an indictment of the IU offense that now seems fairly obvious after he said it. With two players in Kel’el Ware and Malik Reneau who thrive in the paint, and two guards in Xavier Johnson and Trey Galloway who thrive on the drive into the paint, Indiana’s offense is a conflicted, congested mess with bad spacing. The only things it seems will save this offense are blazing tempo, an aggressive defense that creates turnovers, or 3-point shooting from the likes of Mackenzie Mgbako, C.J. Gunn and Gabe Cupps. Indiana had very little of any of that vs. UConn. The offense had no movement, the ball got stuck in the post, the big men didn’t do a good job reading double teams and digs, driving lanes were clogged, and IU missed most of their open threes.
Defense (D) Perhaps the most concerning thing about Indiana’s defense was that UConn missed a lot of good looks from three by guys who can make them. So this could have been much worse. And much like IU’s offense might just be inherently conflicted, same goes for the defense. Here’s why. The advantage of Indiana’s big lineups should be rebounding. Perhaps you can accept some lapses in perimeter defense knowing you have a big team that will dominate the glass. But Indiana ranks No. 312 nationally when it comes to giving up offensive rebounds, and No. 280 when it comes to guarding the 3-point line. So the big lineups aren’t working in either respect. The Hoosiers were a bit fortunate UConn shot just 7-of-22 from three, but the Huskies rebounded an astounding 45.5 percent of their misses.
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