Tip Off Preview: #5 Louisville Cardinals vs Long Beach State

Posted on Dec 30 2014 - 2:37pm by Jeffery Thompson

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Game time: 4:00 p.m.
Site: KFC Yum Center
Line: Louisville by 18.5
Series: UofL leads 1-0
Television: ESPN3 (Dave Weekeley, Bob Valvano)
Radio: WHAS840
My Prediction: Louisville 79 Long Beach State 65

Projected Starting Lineups
Louisville (11-1)
G Shaqquan AARON
G Terry ROZIER
F Anas MAHMOUD
F Wayne BLACKSHEAR
F Montrezl HARRELL

Key reserves – Chris Jones, Chinanu Onuaku, Mangok Mathiang, Anton Gill, Quentin Snider, David Levitch, Jaylen Johnson

Long Beach State (5-9)
G Mike CAFFEY
G McKay LASALLE
G Tyler LAMB
F Temidayo YUSSUF
F David WILLIAMS

Key reserves – Deontae North, Travis Hammonds, Branford Jones, Jack Williams, Eric McKnight, Justin Bibbins

Notable
Rick Pitino said expect 2 different names in the starting line up during a Monday radio appearance, and I would guess it’s going to be Shaqquan Aaron and Anas Mahmoud. Moving Terry Rozier to the point and relegating a struggling Chris Jones to come off the bench. The Cards haven’t gotten much down low from Onuaku or Mathiang. Mahmoud has looked confident in minimal playing time, and if Louisville continues to struggle shooting from behind the arc, putting Mahmoud in the middle of opposing zones for his passing will generate some more offensive opportunities.

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