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Syracuse faces tough test vs No. 18 Louisville

No. 18 Louisville (18-8, 9-4) vs. Syracuse (17-8, 8-4)

Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 18 Louisville presents a tough challenge for Syracuse. Syracuse has won two of its six games against ranked opponents this season. Louisville won 56-55 at home against Clemson on Saturday.

TEAM LEADERS: Syracuse’s Tyus Battle has averaged 17.4 points while Oshae Brissett has put up 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds. For the Cardinals, Jordan Nwora has averaged 17.5 points and 7.7 rebounds while Dwayne Sutton has put up 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds.

KEY FACILITATOR: Christen Cunningham has made or assisted on 51 percent of all Louisville field goals over the last three games. Cunningham has accounted for 12 field goals and 23 assists in those games.

PERFECT WHEN: The Orange are 9-0 when they turn the ball over 10 times or fewer and 8-8 when they exceed 10 turnovers. The Cardinals are 10-0 when they hold opponents to 65 points or fewer and 8-8 when opponents exceed 65 points.

ASSIST RATIOS: The Cardinals have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Orange. Syracuse has 25 assists on 64 field goals (39.1 percent) over its previous three matchups while Louisville has assists on 37 of 69 field goals (53.6 percent) during its past three games.

TOUGH DEFENSE: Syracuse has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 23.9 percent of all possessions, the highest rate among all ACC teams.

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