Louisville Cardinals at Pitt Panthers
Louisville Cardinals Preview
The Louisville Cardinals bounced back from a two-game losing streak to win their past two contests. Second-year Cardinals coach Chris Mack has a go-to scorer in 6-foot-7, 225-pound junior forward Jordan Nwora (20.8 points per game). Nwora is not a shot-blocker (just three this season) or exceptionally quick, but he is averaging 7.5 rebounds per game.
As a shooter, he is making 44.2 percent from 3-point range and 78.7 percent from the free-throw line. Nwora is part of an impressive frontcourt that includes 6-10 senior center Steven Enoch, 6-5 senior forward Dwayne Sutton, 6-11 junior center Malik Williams and 6-7 freshman forward Samuell Williamson.
Pitt Panthers Preview
The Pittsburgh Panthers are bidding for their first winning season since 2015-16. In the previous three years, the Panthers went a combined 7-47 in the ACC, but they appear to be much improved this season. Even so, Pitt is coming off a 66-58 loss at Miami (Fla.)
on Sunday night. If there were any good news to come out of that game for Pitt, it was the return of 6-foot-6 sophomore wing Au’diese Toney, who scored nine points after missing the previous two games due to a left elbow injury. In addition, Panthers 6-6 freshman wing Justin Champagnie showed some fight against Miami, producing a game-high 11 rebounds to go with eight points and three steals.