Louisville (13-5, 8-4 ACC) travels to No. 22 Virginia Tech (15-5, 9-4) for a Wednesday night contest that carries ACC and NCAA tournament implications. UofL head coach Chris Mack discussed the upcoming game with the media on Tuesday afternoon.
Louisville leads the all-time series against Virginia Tech 36-8, winning the last 17 matchups and 28 of the last 30. UofL prevailed 73-71 earlier this year (1-6-21) in the KFC Yum! Center as Carlik Jones and David Johnson led the Cards with 17 points each, and Jae’Lyn Withers produced his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The two programs were fellow members of the Metro Conference from 1978-1995. When UofL joined the ACC, it was the first time the teams had played in 20 years
Site: Cassell Coliseum (8,925), Blacksburg, Va.
Television: ESPN2 – Dave O’Brien, play-by-play; Cory Alexander, analyst.
Radio: WKRD (790 AM; joined in progress on WHAS 840 AM) Paul Rogers, play-by-play; Bob Valvano, analyst (XM channel 383, Internet 973)
Series History: UofL leads 36-8 (19-3 in Louisville, 16-3 in Blacksburg, 1-2 neutral)
Last Meeting: UofL 73, Virginia Tech 71 (Jan. 6, 2021 at KFC Yum! Center)
Officials: Bert Smith, Mike Stephens, Mike Roberts
Here’s everything that UofL head coach Chris Mack said prior to his team’s trip to Virginia Tech.
With Malik Williams out, what will that mean for Jae’Lyn Withers?
I thought Jae’Lyn really looked comfortable (at the 4) and did some good things, so we want to try and keep putting him in that position. Obviously, he still has to change his role a little bit simply because of everything we put in and implemented from day one thinking Malik was gonna be a part of it and thinking he was coming back. But at the same time, Jae’Lyn, like any freshman, has progressed as the season has gone on regardless of position. He’s done a great job here of late. We need him to be a consistent guy for us. Yeah, we’re gonna try and do things that have Jae’Lyn away from the basket just as much as we have him around the basket.
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