It’s a non-conference tilt on the hardwood when the Missouri Valley Conference is on the road to battle the ACC in the Bluegrass State. The Indiana State Sycamores are on the road as they travel to face the #4 Louisville Cardinals Wednesday night. Indiana State opened their season with an 86-81 road loss to Dayton Saturday night. Louisville ran their mark to 2-0 on the season as they rolled over Youngstown State 78-55 at home Sunday in their home opener. The Cardinals won both previous meetings between the schools, including an 83-43 win at home in the most recent matchup on December 6, 2008.
Indiana State Sycamores Try to Spring Second Big Upset by MVC This WeekIndiana State battled to the wire but came up a little short on the road against Dayton in their season opener. The Sycamores now try to earn a road win and follow in the footsteps of Evansville, who upended #1 Kentucky 67-64 Tuesday night. Indiana State trailed by 12 during the second half but clawed back to within 81-79 with 23 seconds to play. Dayton hit their free throws down the stretch to keep the Sycamores at bay in the game. Indiana State put together a solid enough showing but they’ll face a much stiffer challenge in this contest.
Even though it was not the result we wanted, we have the opportunity to learn from this and bounce back on Wednesday... 👀 some of the highlights from our game against Dayton here#MarchOn pic.twitter.com/ebPBAGSNsi— Sycamore Basketball (@IndStMBB) November 10, 2019
The Sycamores shot 47.4 percent from the field in the game, including knocking down six of 15 from beyond the arc. Indiana State connected on 21 of their 27 free throw attempts and owned a 39-34 edge on the glass in the loss. Tyreke Key led the Sycamores with 21 points but he fouled out in only 23 minutes of action: the team needs him on the floor as much as possible. Jordan Barnes contributed 19 points plus nine rebounds while Christian Williams finished with 14 points and eight boards in the loss as the only other player in double figures for Indiana State.
Louisville Cardinals Go for 3-0 StartLouisville rolled past Youngstown State in their home opener Sunday to run their mark to 2-0 on the season. The Cardinals have won both games by double digits this season and look to extend that run in this contest. Louisville led by 17 late in the first half before giving up a 10-0 run to see their lead trimmed to seven at the half. That seemed to wake the Cardinals up as they used a 19-5 run in the opening 7:36 of the second half to go up 21. Louisville didn’t look back after that: they shot 50.8 percent from the field, including seven of 22 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 46-38. Jordan Nwora put up 21 points and six boards to lead the Cardinals in the contest.
The Cardinals enter the game tied for 91st in scoring offense with 82.5 points per contest this season. Louisville is tied for 148th in rebounding with 39 per contest while the team is tied for 47th by dishing out 18 assists per contest. The Cardinals are tied for 131st in scoring defense as they allow an average of 64.5 points per game this year. Jordan Nwora leads the team with 22 points and nine rebounds per contest. Ryan McMahon puts up 16 points a game while Steven Enoch adds 14 points plus 13 boards a night. Samuell Williamson, Dwayne Sutton and Darius Perry are solid contributors though the team would like to see more from LaMarr Kimble on the floor. Louisville shoots 52.3 percent from the floor as a team this season. The Cardinals are splashing eight triples a night while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc. Louisville has been sound at the charity stripe by cashing in 75 percent of their attempts this season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Sycamores are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following an ATS win
- Cardinals are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Missouri Valley Conference teams
- Cardinals are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400