January 5, 2022; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals goalie Noah Locke (0) and Pittsburgh Panthers goalie Jamarius Burton (11) during the second half at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville beat Pitsburgh 75-72. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
Louisville will try to defeat visiting Notre Dame for the seventh straight time on Saturday.
The Fighting Irish (11-6, 4-2 ACC) have won seven of eight overall but are 0-4 at Louisville since winning in 2015.
The Cardinals (11-7, 5-3) snapped a three-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 67-54 home triumph over Boston College.
Cardinals coach Chris Mack told reporters that one of the main concerns against Notre Dame would be defending beyond the 3-point line.
“The threat of 3 is real, and it’s real from so many different positions,” Mack said Friday. “When they move (Nate) Laszewski to the five when (Paul) Atkinson comes out, they have five players who at any time can hit back-to-back 3s.”
Dane Goodwin (37 of 78, 47.4%) and Laszewski (28 of 63, 44.4) lead Notre Dame’s long range attack.
Goodwin is averaging a team-high 15.4 points, followed by Blake Wesley (14.6) and Atkinson Jr. (11.5). Laszewski is contributing 8.5 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds.
Notre Dame is coming off a 71-68 victory at Howard on Monday afternoon, when Bison pressure helped force 15 Irish turnovers.
“I think a lot of people would come after us, there’s no doubt about that. We haven’t been great in that atmosphere,” Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said Friday. “Louisville has the ability to do that playing 10 guys, even though that’s not really their philosophy.”
For the season, Notre Dame averaged 10.5 turnovers and Louisville 13.2.
Noah Locke (10.8 points) is the only Louisville player to average double-digit scoring, although six other Cardinals are averaging at least 6 points. Malik Williams (9.9 points, 8.8 rebounds) was the main force on the boards.
Mack said swingman Dre Davis (7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds) should play after missing the Boston College game with an ankle injury.
The Cardinals lead the overall series 26-15 after defeating Notre Dame 69-57 on February 23, 2021.
–Field level media