Tale of The Tape & Prediction: Louisville vs. Evansville

The Cardinals open up the 2020-21 season by hosting the Purple Aces as part of the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville (0-0, 0-0 ACC) is set to tipoff the 2020-21 men's college basketball season and face Evansville (0-0, 0-0 MVC) on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 4:00 p.m. EST at the KFC Yum! Center Here's how the Cardinals stack up against the Purple Aces:

- Rankings:

EvansvilleLouisville

AP/USA TODAY

NR/NR

RV/RV

NET

N/A

N/A

RPI

N/A

N/A

SOS

N/A

N/A

KenPom

316th

28th

Sagarin

225th

19th

- Team Leaders (Returning From 2019-20):

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Points

Noah Frederking & Evan Kuhlman (5.8)

Malik Williams (8.5)

Rebounds

Evan Kuhlman (3.0)

Malik Williams (6.1)

Assists

Shamar Givance (2.3)

David Johnson (1.8)

Steals

Shamar Givance (0.9)

David Johnson (0.7)

Blocks

Evan Kuhlman (0.7)

Malik Williams (0.6)

- Scoring (2019-20):

EvansvilleLouisville

Points Per Game

67.2

74.1

Field Goal %

42.2%

45.3%

FGM/FGA Per Game

23.3/55.3

26.1/57.6

Three Point %

32.1%

37.6%

3PTM/3PTA Per Game

7.5/23.4

8.2/21.9

Free Throw %

72.9%

73.1%

- Rebounding (2019-20):

EvansvilleLouisville

Rebounds Per Game

31.4

38.6

Off. Reb. Per Game

7.0

10.8

Def. Reb. Per Game

24.4

27.8

Rebound Margin

-4.6

+6.3

- Defense (2019-20):

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Opp. Points Per Game

74.0

63.7

Opp. FG%

47.1%

38.9%

Opp. 3PT%

35.5%

30.1%

Steals Per Game

4.8

5.1

Blocks Per Game

2.3

2.7

- Ball Handling (2019-20):

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Assists Per Game

12.3

14.0

Turnovers Per Game

12.7

12.2

Turnover Margin

-0.9

-0.4

Assist/Turnover Ratio

1.0

1.1

- KenPom Prediction:

Per KenPom.com, the Cardinals have a 98% chance to take down the Purple Aces, with a projected final score of 77-54 in favor of Louisville. According to KenPom, Evansville's Adjusted Efficiency Margin ranking of 3 is the second-lowest among Louisville's 2020-21 opponents (Prairie View A&M - 319).

- Personal Prediction: Louisville 72, Evansville 52.

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