EKU hopes to end skid vs No. 1 Louisville
Eastern Kentucky (3-6) vs. No. 1 Louisville (9-1)
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Kentucky looks to end its four-game losing streak as it goes up against No. 1 Louisville. Eastern Kentucky is looking to break its current four-game losing streak. Louisville lost 70-57 to Texas Tech on Tuesday.
SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon have combined to account for 67 percent of Louisville’s scoring this season. For Eastern Kentucky, Jomaru Brown, Ty Taylor and Darius Hicks have scored 49 percent of the team’s points this season.JUMPING FOR JOMARU: Brown has connected on 28.9 percent of the 45 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 3 for 15 over the last three games. He’s also converted 77.8 percent of his free throws this season.
WINLESS WHEN: Eastern Kentucky is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 71 points and 3-0 when scoring at least 71.
STREAK STATS: Eastern Kentucky has dropped its last three road games, scoring 57.7 points and allowing 82 points during those contests. Louisville has won its last seven home games, scoring an average of 76.6 points while giving up 55.7.
PACE OF PLAY: The upbeat Eastern Kentucky offense has averaged 79.9 possessions per game, the third-most in Division I. Louisville has not been as uptempo as the Colonels and is averaging only 66.8 possessions per game (ranked 296th, nationally).