Following a contest that saw No. 6 Louisville (11-2) post season-lows in points, assists, field goal attempts, three-point field goals made, and three-point field goal percentage, in a 61-53 loss to Virginia, the Cardinals are looking forward to a faster-paced contest when it meets No. 16 Indiana (10-3) on Saturday afternoon.
Not denying there preference to play in a more fast-break game, the Cardinals plan to use the loss to the Cavaliers as motivation in the Countdown Classic in Indianapolis on New Year's Eve.
"You don't forget about it," U of L senior center Mangok Mathiang said. "You use it as fuel in the next game. You move on and focus on the next game. You use the bitter taste and hopefully it gives you the right momentum to get on the right foot."
U of L will need to get on the right foot quickly against Indiana. The Hoosiers, who lost to Nebraska on Wednesday evening, are a team that prefers pushing the ball quickly up the floor. Averaging 88 points an outing, IU checks in at No. 11 nationally in scoring offense.
Among the top ten nationally in field goal percentage and the top 25 in three-point efficiency, Indiana's strength comes from its ability to score in bunches.
"They shoot lights out," Mathiang said. "They have shooters all over the place and we know that they'll run the floor us. We know it's going to be a tough game."
Each team will be looking to bounce back following a conference loss earlier in the week, which the Cardinals believe will create an exciting atmostphere.
"Both teams will be coming off loses and looking to win, so that'll be exciting," Adel said. "They like to run and that's more our style of play."
The two tradition-rich programs last played in 2014, a 94-74 Louisville win. U of L trails in the overall series 7-10.
Tip-off is scheduled for 12:30 at Bankers Fieldhouse with CBS providing television coverage.