#4 Louisville vs Memphis: Preview & Poll

December 17th, 2011

MEMPHIS (5-3) AT NO. 4 LOUISVILLE (9-0)

 

Time/TV: 4 p.m., CBS (Regional)

 

Line: Louisville -9.5.

 

Storylines: After a disappointing 2010-11, Memphis was expected to overcome its maturity and continuity troubles this year. So far, it hasn’t. Louisville’s occasional struggles hasn’t stopped it from a 9-0 start. Louisville welcomes highly-touted freshman Kevin Ware into the mix for the first time this season.

 

Key Matchup: PGs Joe Jackson of Memphis and Peyton Siva of Louisville. Jackson (13 ppg, 3 apg) appears to be more consistent this year after an erratic freshman season. With Kemba Walker now in the NBA, Louisville PG Peyton Siva (10 ppg, 6 apg) takes over as the nation’s most clutch player. He hit the game-winning shot in Louisville's hard fought win over Vanderbilt, their toughest challenge yet.

 

The Bottom Line: Memphis has more talent, but Louisville finds ways to win, particularly at its new KFC Yum! Center.

 

The Pick: Louisville 66, Memphis 61.