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Tale of The Tape, Prediction: Louisville vs. Southern

The Cardinals open up the 2021-22 season by hosting the Jaguars at the KFC Yum! Center.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville (0-0, 0-0 ACC) is set to tipoff the 2021-22 men's college basketball season, and face Southern (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 9:00 p.m. EST at the KFC Yum! Center. Here's how the Cardinals stack up against the Jaguars:

- Rankings:

SouthernLouisville

AP/USA TODAY

NR/NR

RV/RV

NET

N/A

N/A

RPI

N/A

N/A

SOS

N/A

N/A

KenPom

319th

36th

Sagarin

326th

36th

- Team Leaders (2020-21):

SouthernLouisville

Points

Jaylen Saddler (11.1)

Jae'Lyn Withers (10.1)

Rebounds

Kirk Parker (5.5)

Samuell Williamson (8.1)

Assists

Jaylen Saddler (5.3)

Samuell WIlliamson (1.2)

Steals

Jaylen Saddler (1.5)

Jae'Lyn Withers (0.9)

Blocks

Kirk Parker (0.4)

JJ Traynor (0.6)

- Scoring (2020-21):

SouthernLouisville

Points Per Game

69.8

68.0

Field Goal %

43.2%

43.1%

FGM/FGA Per Game

24.5/56.7

24.7/57.3

Three Point %

32.3%

30.8%

3PTM/3PTA Per Game

5.5/16.9

5.4/17.4

Free Throw %

67.2%

71.7%

- Rebounding (2020-21):

SouthernLouisville

Rebounds Per Game

36.3

38.2

Off. Reb. Per Game

10.7

11.3

Def. Reb Per Game

26.1

26.9

Rebound Margin

2.7

4.8

- Defense (2020-21):

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SouthernLouisville

Opp. Points Per Game

70.3

66.5

Opp. FG%

42.0%

42.2%

Opp. 3PT%

33.0%

30.5%

Steals Per Game

8.2

4.8

Blocks Per Game

2.6

1.9

- Ball Handling (2020-21):

SouthernLouisville

Assists Per Game

14.1

11.1

Turnovers Per Game

16.3

11.5

Turnover Margin

-1.0

-0.4

Assist/Turnover Ratio

0.9

1.0

- ESPN Prediction: Per ESPN's Basketball Power Index, Louisville has a 94.8% chance to win against Southern.

- KenPom Prediction: Per KenPom.com, the Cardinals have a 99% chance to take down the Jaguars, with a projected final score of 82-56 in favor of Louisville. By current metrics, Southern is the lowest-ranked opponent that Louisville will face all season (319th)

- Personal Prediction: Louisville 89, Southern 51.

(Photo of Jae'Lyn Withers: Alton Strupp - Courier Journal/USA TODAY NETWORK)

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