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NKU-Louisville NIT game preview: Game info/TV; starters/key subs; story/video links

Texas A&M guard Duane Wilson (13) goes up as Northern Kentucky guard Lavone Holland II (30) looks to pass under during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in College Station, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Here is a look at the Northern Kentucky University basketball team's National Invitation Tournament game on Tuesday at Louisville:

NKU (22-9) at LOUISVILLE (20-13)

  • WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. at KFC Yum! Center, Louisville.
  • LINE: Louisville by 9.5 points.
  • RADIO/TV: WKRC-AM (550)/ESPN.
  • NIT PAIRINGS: Click here for pairings and link to full bracket.
  • PROJECTED NKU STARTERS: F Jordan Garnett, 6-5 Sr. (6.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg); F Jalen Tate, 6-5 Fr. (5.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg); C Drew McDonald, 6-7 Jr. (16.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg); G Lavone Holland, 6-2 Sr. (13.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.5 apg); G Dantez Walton, 6-5 Soph. (5.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg).
  • KEY NKU RESERVES: F Carson Williams, 6-6 Soph. (12.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg); G Tyler Sharpe 6-1 Soph. (6.8 ppg); G Mason Faulkner, 6-1 Soph. (5.7 ppg, 2.3 apg); F Jeff Garrett, 6-7 Jr. (4.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg).
  • PROJECTED LOUISVILLE STARTERS: F Ray Spalding, 6-10 Jr. (12.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg); F Deng Adel, 6-7 Jr. (15.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg); C Anas Mahmoud, 7-0 Sr. (7.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg); G V.J. King, 6-6 Soph. (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg); G Quentin Snider, 6-2 Sr. (12.2 ppg, 4.0 apg).
  • KEY LOUISVILLE RESERVES: F Dwayne Sutton, 6-5 Soph. (4.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg); G Ryan McMahon, 6-0 Soph. (5.7 ppg); F Jordan Nwora, 6-7 Fr. (5.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg); F/C Malik Williams, 6-11 Fr. (4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg); G Darius Perry, 6-2 Fr. (3.6 ppg).
  • PREDICTION: Louisville 71, NKU 67. Louisville's players voted not to even play in the NIT, and that should be a huge factor in NKU's favor, but the Cardinals' length is what could doom the Norse. It's not like NKU is exactly thrilled with playing in this tournament either, because they were the No. 1-seed in the Horizon League Tournament and favored to advance for a second straight year to the NCAA Tournament. An NKU victory wouldn't be a surprise at all if it is motivated to play, and it should be, but the Cardinals are simply more talented. The Norse need a huge game from Louisville native Lavone Holland.

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