Virginia and Louisville possess almost identical records and both have an outside shot at winning a share of the ACC regular-season crown, but while the Cavaliers fight for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals know their season will end with their next game.
Senior center Mike Tobey came off the bench for the Cavaliers in that game and had nine huge points to go with two huge steals and a big block.
For Tobey, it was a revelation of sorts, inspired by a lunch he had recently with coach Tony Bennett.
“He wants to be great and he has it in him”, Anthony Gill said. For Virginia to get the No. 1 seed, they’ll need not only to beat Louisville tonight, but they’ll also need for Virginia Tech and Duke to emerge victorious as well. The Cardinals are one of four schools to have won 20 or more games each of the past 14 seasons. Virginia has won two of the three ACC meetings between the two, including a 63-47 win at Louisville on January 30 when it was a 5.5-point underdog.
Virginia (23-6) and Louisville (23-7) sit in the same scenario in the chase for the ACC title.
Four players are averaging at least 9.7 points for Louisville, they are: Damion Lee (16.2), Trey Lewis (11.4), Chinanu Onuaku (10.0) and Quentin Snider (9.7).
Louisville (23-8 12-6) had just one player scoring in double figures as Donovan Mitchell had 11 points.
-Virginia ranks third nationally in scoring defense (60.1 ppg), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.57), 10th in 3-point field goal shooting (40.7%), 13th in free throw shooting (76%), 14th in field goal shooting (48.9%), 26th in turnover margin (2.8) and 27th in scoring margin (10.7). Watch Louisville vs Virginia online free live streaming on ESPN sports TV and Watch ESPN3 tonight as UVA tries to keep pace with North Carolina in the ACC title race. The Cavaliers held the Cardinals to just 14 points in the first half and they’ll look to swarm the Cardinals on defense once again at home on Saturday night.
Nolte, given a rare start because it was senior night, hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening minutes as Virginia led 10-0. The Cardinals haven’t played soft since their postseason ban and if anything have been a handful for their opponents.