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University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews the Cardinals Wednesday night home contest against Pitt

Following two straight road contests, ninth-ranked University of Louisville returns home to the KFC Yum! Center to host ACC rival Pittsburgh on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm.

This will mark the 15th meeting in series history between the two programs that were once Big East Conference mates. Dating back to 2011, the Cardinals (19-4, 7-3) have won five straight against the Panthers (16-8, 5-5) and hold a 9-5 overall series lead. Louisville, which is 5-1 against the Panthers at home, won 80-68 at Pittsburgh last month.

The Cardinals are coming off a 52-47 loss at No.3 Virginia on Saturday, while the Panthers enter the contest having won three straight, most recently an 83-77 home win over Syracuse.

The Cardinals enter the game ranked among the nation's top 20 in scoring defense, holding opponents to just 58.5 points per game. Louisville leads the ACC in blocked shots, steals and turnover margin.

Louisville has struggled offensively at times this season, including a more than 10 minute stretch against Virginia without scoring a point, but things are looking up. The Cardinals have shot a combined 47.5 percent from the field in its last five outings.

Wednesday night's game will be broadcast on the ACC Network and will be carried locally on WHAS-TV. Tom Werme will handle play-by-play, with analyst Cory Alexander. Scheduled officials are Michael Roberts, Jeffrey Anderson and Lamar Simpson.


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