Louisville Cardinals (0-4, 0-0 ACC) vs. 21 Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-1, 0-0 Big 12)
– Tip: Tuesday, November 22 at 2:30 p.m. EST
– Location: Lahaina Civic Center in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
– How to see: ESPN2
– How to listen: 93.9 FM
– Betting favorite: Texas Tech -10.0 (KenPom)
– All-Time Series: Texas Tech leads 1-0
– Last meeting: Texas Tech won 70-57 on December 10, 2019 (Jimmy V Classic – Madison Square Garden in New York, NY)
Planned starting positions
- G El Ellis (6-3, 180, Sr.)
- G/F Mike James (6-5, 215, R-Fr.)
- F Jae’Lyn Withers (6-9, 220, R-Jr.)
- F. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (6-10, 250, Sun.)
- F Sydney Curry (6-8, 270, Sr.)
- G Pop Isaacs (6-2, 170, Fr.)
- G. De’Vion Harmon (6-2, 205, Sr.)
- G. Jaylon Tyson (6-7, 210, Sun.)
- F Kevin Obanor (6-8, 235, size)
- F Daniel Batcho (6-11, 235, R-Sun.)
See how the Cardinals stack up against the Red Raiders and who the statistical models favor: Tale of The Tape Predictions: Louisville vs. Texas Tech
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- Louisville has competed in the Maui Invitational three times, in 1989, 2000, and 2004. The Cardinals are 5-5 all-time at the event and 21-12 overall in Hawaii State.
- This marks the first time Louisville has played back-to-back AP Top 25 opponents since the 2019-20 season, when it faced No. 19 Kentucky on Dec. 28 and No. 18 Florida State on Jan. 4. UofL have won 45 of their last 102 games against AP ranked opponents. The Cardinals have won 62-70 against top 25 teams over the past 12 years.
- The Cardinals had more points off the bench against Arkansas (29) than in their first three games combined (25). That was in large part due to a team-high 13 points from freshman forward Kamari Lands.
- Louisville became the first team since at least 1980 to lose their first three games of the season by a point each, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Including last year’s 51-50 loss to Virginia in the ACC tournament, the Cardinals became the first team to lose four straight games by a point since Stetson in 1981-82.
- According to Ken Pomeroy, Louisville ranks 338th in the country in Division I with an average age of 0.91.
- The Cardinals have had a lot more success hitting the free throw line in the last two games. After making 18 of just 22 opportunities in their first two games, they have taken 35 of 48 from the charity streak in the last two games.
- Last game: Louisville lost 80-54 to 9th-ranked Arkansas in the opener of the Maui Invitational. First-year head coach Kenny Payne falls to 0-4 in his career.
- KEY RUN IN THE FIRST HALF: The Razorbacks put on a 12-1 run from 8:23, putting them to a 13-point lead, their widest in the first half. The run was fueled by consecutive threes from Anthony Black, who scored 12 points in the first half. Louisville started the game with seven straight misses from the field, with the first points coming from JJ Traynor at the 14:41 mark.
- KEY SECOND HALF RUN: After the Cardinals reduced the deficit to five, Arkansas started at 2:00 p.m. with a 26-4 run and scored 17 unanswered points en route to a 27-point lead, the night’s widest. o Louisville was surpassed 33-16 while making 15 turnovers in the second half.
- UofL shot 16 of 44 (36.4%) from field, 4 of 12 (33.3%) from 3-point range, and 18 of 25 (72.0%) from the free throw line against Arkansas.
- After being goalless in their first three games, Kamari Lands recorded a team-high 13 points, seven of which came in the first half. He played 21 minutes and also scored two rebounds. o The forward buried the first field goal of his collegiate career with a jump at the 3:45 mark in the first half. He had missed his first 12 attempts from the ground this season. o Lands shot 3 to 5 from the floor and was a perfect 6 to 6 from the foul line.
- El Ellis scored 11 points and added three rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes. o The point guard has now scored double figures in each of Louisville’s first four games this season.
- JJ Traynor had a season-high nine points in 18 minutes with 4 shots to 5 from the field. o A personal 5-0 burst from Traynor reduced the deficit to five with 14:26 remaining. o The forward also scored the game’s first four Louisville points after the Cardinals missed their first seven field goal attempts.
- Jae’Lyn Withers scored seven points and converted 5 of 6 attempts from the free throw line. o He also added 5 rebounds while playing 25 minutes. o The forward also contributed a steal, marking the third time in four games that he had at least one steal.
- The Red Raiders lost a 76-65 quarterfinal game to No. 10 Creighton at Monday’s tournament after going three games at home with victories over Northwestern State, Texas Southern and Louisiana Tech earlier in the season.
- Daniel Batcho posted a career-high 17 points in the loss to Creighton, where he went 7-to-12 from the field and added five rebounds. The game was 31-all at halftime before the No. 10 Bluejays pulled away in the second half. Pop Isaacs also had a career-high 13 points after going 4-5 with 3 points, while De’Vion Harmon scored 12 and Kevin Obanor added 10 to give the Red Raiders four double-digit goals for the first time of the season… Tech forced 13 turnovers in the first half but forced none in the second half against the Bluejays, who outscored the Red Raiders 45-34 in the final 20 minutes.
- Mark Adams is in his sophomore season leading the Texas Tech program where he is now 30-11 overall and 21-0 at home… A 1979 Tech graduate, Adams led the Red Raiders to a 27-10 overall record, 12 -6 Conference Mark, to the finals of the Big 12 Championship and the NCAA Sweet 16 in his first season as head coach. He was named Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for Naismith National Coach of the Year… His 27 wins last season were the most by a freshman tech head coach
- Tech is coming off a season where it didn’t lose a game in a row all year.
- Tech brought back just one starter (Obanor) and three lettermen (Batcho, KJ Allen and Obanor) from last year’s team, and welcomed five transfers and five true rookies.
- The Red Raider starters for the first four games of this season were Obanor, Batcho, Isaacs, Harmon and Jaylon Tyson.
- Tech hits 36.2 percent of his shots this season, opponents are capped at 38.0 percent… The Red Raiders shot 43.5 percent versus Creighton, who hit 55.1 percent of his shots.
- Kerwin Walton has played all three games as a reserve but is averaging the fourth most minutes per game at 20.4… Harmon is the most time on the team at 28.8 minutes per game in four games.
- The Red Raiders ranked first in defensive efficiency last year for the second time in four seasons…After four games, the Red Raiders are 11th in the category on Kenpom…Tech also topped the Kenpom.com category in 2019, ranking 9th in the year 2020.
- GAME ONE (1-0): Batcho led Tech with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in the season-opening win over Northwestern State on Nov. 7. Obanor and Walton each had nine points in the win, while Tyson had eight points and five rebounds
- GAME TWO (2-0): Obanor led Tech with 13 points and seven rebounds in the 78-54 win over Texas Southern on Thursday, November 10. He was backed in double digits by Tyson, who had a career-high 13 points, and Harmon, who had team-high 12 points and three assists
- GAME THREE (3-0): Harmon and Obanor each finished with 15 points as Tech picked up a 64-55 win over Louisiana Tech last Monday. Harmon had a career-high six assists and four steals in the game, while Batcho had a career-high six blocked shots
(Louisville Players Photo: Jared Anderson – Louisville Report)
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