The Louisville Cardinals are set for another home game in Louisville, Ky. to take on the Kennesaw State Owls in the KFC Yum! Center. Below is the Louisville vs. Kennesaw State live stream info, prediction and game preview.
Louisville vs. Kennesaw State Game Preview
Why You Need To Care
The Cardinals (7-1) barely lost against Michigan State two weeks ago, 71-67, but they recovered from that to win back-to-back games against Grand Canyon and Eastern Michigan — both by 30-plus points.
Louisville is 6-0 at home in the KFC Yum! Center this season, and the Cardinals now get to face 3-8 Kennesaw State.
It’s been a rough start to the season for the Owls, as they opened up with four straight losses and dropped seven of their first eight games.
Kennesaw State’s last road win was on February 21 against Stetson, and it appears as though that will remain unchanged after its matchup with Louisville.
Why Louisville Will Win
Damion Lee and Trey Lewis are Rick Pitino’s top two scorers, as they combine for an average of 32.5 points per game. The sharp-shooting duo also knocks down a high percentage of its looks from the outside. Both are shooting above 37 percent from three. If Lee and Lewis go off, the Owls will have a hard time. All Louisville will have to do then is force Kendrick Ray to sink his threes and keep the Owls off the boards.
Why Kennesaw State Will Win
Well, there it is. Ray has to knock down threes when Louisville gives them to him, and if he does that he’ll have a little more space to work with to attack the basket. Ray will need a little help from Yonel Brown, though. Brown averages 16 points per game on 36.3 percent shooting. If the Owls force Lee and Lewis into contested jumpers, they’ll just have to hold Chinanu Onuaku off the glass, and then they might have a shot.
What’s Going To Happen?
Louisville is going to take this one when it’s all said and done. Lee and Lewis are going to light up Kennesaw State for at least 25 points in a combine effort. Ray won’t be efficient from the perimeter enough to force the Cardinals to respect his shot. Onuaku will fall just shy of a double-double, but his rebounding game will play a huge role in Louisville beating the Owls.
Louisville vs. Kennesaw State Prediction
Robert Judin: Louisville 83, Kennesaw State 61
Jordan Cornette: Louisville 87, Kennesaw State 68
Line: Louisville -33
- The Owls are coached by Al Skinner, a teammate of Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s at
Massachusetts from 1970-74. In his first season at Kennesaw State, Skinner is a former Atlantic 10, Big East and national coach of the year
- Louisville claimed the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Invitational
title by sweeping its four games in the five-team, round-robin event in November. It was the 28th regular season tournament championship for the Cardinals.
- Louisville has won 42 of its last 43 non-conference
games at home in the KFC Yum! Center, spanning the last five seasons.