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BOZICH | The importance of Louisville's next 2 basketball games

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N.C. State and Clemson are two of Louisville's three most winnable road games. N.C. State and Clemson are two of Louisville's three most winnable road games.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Miami are the Atlantic Coast Conference games everybody wants to discuss.

North Carolina State and Clemson are the games that the University of Louisville basketball team must win. The Wolfpack and Tigers are two of the three most winnable road games on the U of L schedule.

If you want to win the ACC title, you win in Raleigh as well as in Greenville, S.C.

Tonight in Raleigh at 7 p.m. where the Wolfpack have ordered up a 'Black-out,' Rick Pitino's team will be dressed in its home whites. N.C. State beat the Cardinals by nine in the KFC Yum! Center last season before the Cards flipped the script and beat the Wolfpack by 10 in the Sweet Sixteen in Syracuse.

N.C. State has lost home games to William & Mary and Michigan as well as its ACC opener at Virginia Tech.

On Sunday the Cards visit Clemson. But not at Clemson.

The Tigers' home arena, Littlejohn Coliseum, is under renovation. Brad Brownell's team is playing at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, home of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

It seats about 15,000, but Clemson's home average for seven games this season is 7,327. The Tigers might be challenged to reach that number Sunday. Clemson fans are on the march to Phoenix to watch the Tigers' football team play Alabama Monday night. They'll worry about basketball on Tuesday.

Sunday looks like a great day to play Clemson.

Here is how Ken Pomeroy and Jeff Sagarin rank Louisville's nine ACC road opponents this season. For the record, Pomeroy's numbers have U of L favored in six ACC road games. Sagarin says seven.

KEN POMEROY – Louisville's win probability in 9 ACC road games.

Jan. 27 Virginia Tech, 81 percent.

Jan. 10 Clemson, 76 percent.

Jan. 7 North Carolina State, 74 percent.

Jan. 23 Georgia Tech, 72 percent.

Feb. 13 Notre Dame 59 percent.

Feb. 24 Pittsburgh 59 percent.

Feb. 27 Miami 40 percent

Feb. 8 Duke 38 percent.

March 5 Virginia 35 percent.

JEFF SAGARIN – national ranking of U of L's 9 ACC road opponents, game favorite

Virginia Tech No. 96. U of L by 12.82.

North Carolina State No. 83. U of L by 11.94.

Clemson No. 82 U of L by 11.39.

Georgia Tech No. 56 U of L by 9.36

Notre Dame No. 36 U of L by 7.14.

Pittsburgh No. 21 U of L by 2.8.

Virginia No. 11 U of L by .13.

Miami No. 9 Miami by .16.

Duke No. 8 Duke by .68.

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