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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Boston College at Louisville
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 6, 2016
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville opened the week with the high of defeating top-ranked North Carolina but will end it by beginning one of the low points in program history after announcing Friday it will self-impose a postseason ban as a result of uncovering violations within the men's basketball program. The 18th-ranked Cardinals attempt to pick up the pieces one day later when they host league-worst Boston College.

Calling the sanction "a complete shock", Louisville coach Rick Pitino expressed extreme disappointment upon learning that his team would be penalized this season after the university "became aware of information" that confirmed the basketball program committed a violation of NCAA rules. The Cardinals have played all season while the NCAA continues to investigate a claim made by a former escort in October that alleged a former Cardinals' staffer hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. "This is a punishment I thought would never happen this season. This is a decision that's as harsh as anything I've seen," Pitino said while adding that his players hugged Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, a pair of graduate transfers that migrated from their previous programs for one shot at the NCAA Tournament, upon hearing the news. The Eagles, who are the only winless team in conference action and have yet to play an ACC game decided by fewer than 10 points, tumbled to their ninth consecutive loss following Wednesday's 61-47 defeat at Virginia.

TV: Noon ET, ESPN3

ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (7-15, 0-9 ACC): Forced into more playing time following injuries to fellow guards Jerome Robinson (wrist) and Darryl Hicks (concussion), freshman guard Sammy Barnes-Thompkins (4.3 points) produced a season-high 14 points versus the Cavaliers. With Robinson expected out until mid-March and Hicks questionable for Saturday, more of the scoring load figures to fall on the shoulders of Barnes-Thompkins and Eli Carter (team-high 16.8 points), who matched a season low with seven points Saturday. Despite his first single-digit scoring effort since a seven-point performance in a lost to Penn State on Dec. 2, Carter is still averaging 16.2 points in league play and has drained at least one 3-pointer in all but one game.
ABOUT LOUISVILLE (18-4, 7-2): Pitino noted after the game Monday that his Cardinals set a team record with 60 touches in the paint , three more than the previous mark of 57 Louisville tallied four games earlier in an 84-65 victory over Florida State on Jan. 20. Sophomore center Chinanu Onuaku (10.2 points, 8.6 rebounds), who was limited against Virginia due to illness, finished with 12 points and 10 boards Monday to join LSU's Ben Simmons as the only players from Power-5 conferences with seven double-doubles in league play. Lee (team-high 17 points per game) rebounded from a season-low tying six-point performance against Virginia with 24 versus the Tar Heels, but is day-to-day after bruising his knee in the win.

TIP-INS
1. Pitino told The Courier-Journal earlier this week that he expects 6-10 junior C Mangok Mathiang, who hasn't played since Dec. 19 due to a broken foot, to return to on-court workouts next week.
2. The Eagles had been outscored 138-72 at the foul line in losing their first eight conference games.
3. In ACC play only, Onuaku ranks second in the conference in rebounds (9.9) and blocked shots (1.9).

PREDICTION: Louisville 85, Boston College 51
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Boston College 7-15 L9 6-6 0-6 1-3 5-8 2-7 0-9
Louisville 18-4 W1 14-1 3-3 1-0 5-3 13-1 7-2
Last Meeting
Boston College Louisville
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/28/15 LOU 81 BC 72 72 26 42.6 81 26 58.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boston College A. Brown 28 45.5 3
Louisville C. Jones 28 76.9 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boston College D. Batten 6 3 3
Louisville C. Jones 6 0 6
Assists Player  
Boston College O. Hanlan 9
Louisville T. Rozier 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Boston College E. Carter 352 39.0 57
Louisville D. Lee 374 47.4 93
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Boston College D. Clifford 139 35 104
Louisville C. Onuaku 189 71 118
Assists Player  
Boston College E. Carter 85
Louisville Q. Snider 83
Quickchart Matchup
blue bar Boston College Off vs  red bar Louisville Defense
blue bar 62.2 Points For
red bar 60.4 Points Against
blue bar 41.0 FG%
red bar 37.5 FG%
blue bar 29.3 Reb
red bar 28.9 Reb
red bar Louisville Off vs  blue bar Boston College Defense
red bar 79.0 Points For
blue bar 69.1 Points Against
red bar 48.2 FG%
blue bar 44.3 FG%
red bar 28.9 Reb
blue bar 34.2 Reb