Should we all be upset that football is over? Damn right we should be, football is the best and will always be the best, and last night’s Super Bowl proves my point. Fortunately for us sports fans, March Madness is right around the corner and tonight we get a big college basketball game between two tough ACC teams as the #4 Louisville Cardinals look to get a win on the road against the #12 Virginia Cavaliers. This is the second matchup between the two programs, with Virginia pulling off the upset at Louisville earlier this year by the score of 61-53.
After losing to Virginia earlier in the season, Louisville bounced back by winning eight of their last 10 games, including their past three in a row, all by 23 points or more. The Cardinals seem to have found their identity in their defense, which only allows 62.3 points a game, while also pulling down 41.1 rebounds a game, which is ninth-best in the country. The signature win for Louisville this year came against in-state rival Kentucky, so needless to say they’re used to playing in big games this season. It’ll definitely be a tough game for them as Virginia is a place that’s been very tough to play over the last few seasons, but the revenge factor from their loss earlier in the season could be the motivation they need to give them the W tonight.
While I just gave credit to Louisville for being a good defensive basketball team, there isn’t a team in the country that plays better defense than Virginia, as they give up 54 points a game, which is the best in the country. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they’ve lost two of their last three games, one being a buzzer beater to Villanova, and then a fairly bad loss to unranked Syracuse 66-62. Although they play excellent defense, I have a hard time buying into Virginia as a national title contender because they average less than 70 points a game (68.9), and only have two players that average in the double digits in scoring. I think to be a considered a real contender, you need to have someone who can create their own shot whenever you need a big bucket, and yes team leading scorer London Perrantes is a nice player, I don’t think his 11.9 points a game will get it done when it matters most. It will be interesting to see if they’re able to bounce back from their rough three-game stretch against a very good Louisville team.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Virginia Cavaliers Viewing Details
Date: Monday, February 6, 2017
Time: 7:00 P.M. ET
Location: John Paul Jones Arena; Charlottesville, Virginia
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream (computer): WatchESPN
Live Stream (mobile): ESPN App
Spread: Virginia -5
How To Live Stream Louisville vs. Virginia Online
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