No. 16 Louisville puts 4-0 ACC mark on line at Miami

The 16th-ranked Louisville Cardinals, off to their very first 4-0 league start considering that 2008-09, will go to the Miami Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference fight Saturday night.

Louisville, which has actually won 5 straight video games for a 9-1 general mark, is led by Carlik Jones. The senior guard scored a season-high 23 points on Wednesday as the Cardinals beat Wake Forest 77-65.

Jones, who likewise had 10 rebounds, 3 helps and 3 takes, coped cramps previously in the video game.

“It was rough,” Jones stated. “The cramps kind of came in my inner-thigh area. I thought it would come and go, but when I laid down, it was pretty bad. I felt like I couldn’t move.”

Jones got some fluids and things went “pretty smoothly” after that, he stated.

On The Other Hand, Miami (5-6, 1-5) is coming off maybe its worst loss of the season, getting routed 84-62 on Tuesday at Boston College, which went into the video game winless in the league.

The Hurricanes quit 18 3-pointers because contest, the most they have actually ever allowed an ACC video game. Simply as bad, Miami enabled Boston College to shoot 51.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Louisville is 13-4 versus the Hurricanes, consisting of 6-4 in Miami. The Cardinals likewise won the last time they dealt with Miami, 74-58 on Jan. 7, 2020, in Louisville.

Miami beginning center Nysier Brooks, a transfer from Cincinnati, stated he has excellent regard for Cardinals coach Chris Mack.

“He recruited me (when he was at Xavier, and I was at Cincinnati),” Brooks stated. “I know his big men will come to play. He’s a wonderful coach.”

It’s tough to argue that point. Mack led Xavier to the NCAA Competition in 8 of his 9 seasons there, consist of the last 5 consecutively. Mack likewise took Louisville to the NCAAs in his just complete season up until now running the Cardinals. His gaining portion was .689 at Xavier and is even much better at Louisville, .707.

Obviously, it truly assists to have outstanding gamers such as Jones, who is balancing 17.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.7 helps and 1.1 takes, and likewise David Johnson, who is balancing 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.2 rebounds.

Mack obviously has actually influenced much better play out of Louisville’s third-leading scorer, Samuell Williamson, who is balancing 9.5 points.

After Williamson scored simply one point recently versus Virginia Tech, he and Mack had a discussion. Williamson followed up with a 15-point getaway versus Wake Forest.

“Running the floor was one of the main things we talked about,” Williamson stated. “Just playing with more pop.”

Hurricanes experienced coach Jim Larranaga may require to offer his team a pep talk, too, particularly after the loss to Boston College.

The Hurricanes are led in scoring by 6-foot-3 sophomore guard Isaiah Wong (16.5 points per video game) and in rebounds by senior 7-footer Brooks (6.3 per video game).

However Miami wishes to reverse lots of elements of its latest efficiency, including its bad 3-point shooting (2-for-16).

The Hurricanes are missing out on guards Chris Lykes (ankle) and Kameron McGusty (hamstring), who were 2 of their leading 3 scorers last season. Their return might be impending, however, in the meantime, Brooks is attempting to raise the spirits of his more youthful colleagues.

“If you’re a shooter, shoot. If you’re a passer, pass,” Brooks stated. “I’m just trying to keep things simple.”

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.