There’s a big one on tap in Bloomington this weekend as the Louisville Cardinals come to town. Louisville has moved on from Rick Pitino and David Padgett over the last year and hired new head coach Chris Mack. The former Xavier leader has the Cardinals at 6-2 and playing better than many expected in his first year.
Mack and Louisville leading scorer Jordan Nwora met with the media on Friday to discuss Indiana.
Both teams are unranked, but both are close to the top 25. The winner has a good chance of being ranked on Monday.
Other game coverage:
- How to watch, side by side statistical comparison and keys to victory.
- Archie Miller, Juwan Morgan and Al Durham preview Louisville.
LOUISVILLE’S CHRIS MACK PREVIEWS INDIANA
LOUISVILLE FORWARD JORDAN NWORA PREVIEWS INDIANA
SOMETHING ELSE — ATTACK INDIANA’S POST DEFENSE?
Archie Miller would probably like to permanently erase the film that Dererk Pardon of Northwestern put out against the Hoosiers last weekend. But then there is Zion Williamson. And Daniel Gafford.
Penn State didn’t have a strong post scorer to exploit Indiana, but Louisville does. Center Steven Enoch is coming off his best game of the year with 16 points and 9 rebounds against Central Arkansas.
The Louisville Courier Journal has taken note of IU’s post defense struggles:
Louisville is at its best when it gets the ball in the lane, either for easy paint buckets or to draw fouls. The Cardinals are making 23.6 free throws per game and rank second in the nation in free throw attempts per field goal attempts.
Center Steven Enoch can take over a game with a variety of post moves and even the slightest hint of a mismatch, and King’s re-emergence Wednesday (including a SportsCenter Top 10 dunk) also seems promising for the Cards.
Indiana was outscored in the paint in two of its last three games and is prone to fouling down the stretch. It’s also worth noting that Morgan got into early foul trouble in both the Hoosiers’ losses
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