Hello! Hello ~ readers
Its Daryl stepping in for Jared on the Tuesday/Game-Day edition of Cardinal Couple. A midweek WBB matchup for the Cards is a nice shake-up to the regular Thurs/Sunday we've been used to. This game was originally scheduled for Jan 9th, 23 days ago.
Also, a Happy February to you all. I haven't had a lot of chances to do basketball previews this season and the season is really going to heat up from here on out, so let's get to it.
All Photos: Jared Anderson
The Cardinals are on the road looking to win their fourth game in a row and continue their dominance over the Miami Hurricanes.
Louisville has won six out of the last seven games. The first meeting came in 1989, where Miami defeated Louisville 58-59 in Freedom Hall. The two have met as conference foes since Louisville joined the ACC in 2014-15 and the Cardinals are 6-1. UofL is 3-0 in Coral Gables.
Four of the eight contests have been decided by single-digits and two of the last three came down to the final minute of play.
The Hurricanes are 9-1 when outrebounding opponents this season, with the only loss coming to NC State. The Hurricanes’ are holding their opponents to just 57.8 points per game and averaging 61.6 points of their on 38% shooting and 29% from beyond the arc per game. As a team they are attempting almost 10 FT / game and shooting just 68% when they do get there. Both Miami and Louisville are averaging 38 rebounds per game. Hurricanes average 17 turnovers, 9 steals and 3.5 blocks per game.
Miami has been coached by Katie Meier since 2005. She was voted AP Coach of the year in 2011.
Game Plan vs Miami
The Cards must win rebounding battle to get the victory. It could get ugly for the Hurricanes if they turn it over more than they already average (17). But I do think it will be another down to the wire battle for UofL. I think it'll be close the whole way rather than seeing a huge lead diminish in the final minutes and Emily Engstler continues her path to the WNBA draft. She leads all rebounders with 12 while also manages 4 steals and 2 blocks. Olivia Cochran is close behind with 10 of her own while also manages to get to the free throw line where she has an efficient outing of better than 80%.