Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers Pick & Prediction JANUARY 11th 2023

Stadium: Littlejohn Coliseum Clemson
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Clemson will look to extend a number of streaks -- and Louisville will attempt to halt a few of its own -- on Wednesday when the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals meet in South Carolina.

The Tigers (13-3, 5-0 ACC) are off to their best start in conference play since 1996-97. They have won five in a row overall and all eight games played at home heading into Wednesday's encounter at Clemson.

The Cardinals (2-14, 0-5), conversely have lost five straight games overall and all three contests on the road this season.

Chase Hunter scored 17 points to lift Clemson to a 75-74 win over Pitt on Saturday. Hunter Tyson recorded his fourth consecutive double-double by collecting 15 points and 10 rebounds versus the Panthers, and PJ Hall added 12 and 10, respectively.

"We've got a lot of homegrown talent, PJ Hall, Hunter Tyson, Chase Hunter, three guys who have been in our program for a long time," Tigers coach Brad Brownell said. "(They) know how we do things, how we compete (and) they've gotten better and better."

Hunter scored 10 points in Clemson's 70-61 loss to Louisville last season. El Ellis scored 11 points and Jae'Lyn Withers added 10 for the Cardinals in that contest.

Ellis, who boasts a team-leading average of 17.8 points per game, scored 20 points and added eight assists in Louisville's 80-72 setback versus Wake Forest on Saturday.

Mike James received ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Monday, two days after he drained five 3-pointers and finished with a season-high 24 points.

Thanks to Ellis and James, the Cardinals nearly overcame a 22-point deficit before falling short versus the Demon Deacons. Just don't tell that to Louisville coach Kenny Payne.

"Moral victories? I don't want them," Payne said. "I want us to play better the whole game. I just told the guys, 'Don't find new ways to lose -- fight.' I don't care if they may have more talent than us. Fight. Fight every second you are out on the floor."

--Field Level Media

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Louisville Cardinals vs. Clemson Tigers Recap JAN 11TH 2023

Hunter Tyson recorded his fifth consecutive double-double by collecting 28 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday, fueling host Clemson to an 83-70 victory over Louisville.

Tyson made 9 of 14 shots from the floor -- including 4 of 7 from 3-point range -- for the Tigers (14-3, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Clemson set a program record by winning its first six games in conference play, eclipsing the mark of the 1996-97 team that started 5-0 in the ACC.

Chase Hunter collected 13 points and seven rebounds and Brevin Galloway added 10 points and three steals. PJ Hall scored all 10 of his points in the second half for the Tigers, who shot a robust 52.8 percent from the floor (28 of 53).

Clemson posted its sixth win in a row and improved to 9-0 at home this season.

The victory was the 399th in the coaching career of the Tigers' Brad Brownell. He'll have an opportunity for a milestone win on Saturday when Clemson hosts No. 24 Duke.

ACC Rookie of the Week Mike James scored 17 points and El Ellis added 12 for the Cardinals (2-15, 0-6), who have lost six straight games and all four of their games on the road.

Jae'Lyn Withers drained a 3-pointer to stake Louisville to an early 16-7 lead before Clemson responded with a flourish, scoring 11 straight to take the lead. The Tigers kept the pressure up, stretching the lead to 15 at one point before carrying a 40-28 lead into halftime.

Clemson pushed its advantage to 17 points early in the second half before Louisville began to chip away. JJ Traynor and Kamari Lands made 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions trimmed the lead to six at 72-66 with 2:51 to play. Tyson answered by converting from beyond the arc on the ensuing possession to push the Tigers' lead to nine with 2:29 remaining in the second half.

The Cardinals moved within six points before Hall converted a three-point play with 1:04 left. The Tigers sealed the win from there at the free-throw line.

--Field Level Media