It was delayed a couple weeks, but the ACC’s game of the year is on for Monday night, as No. 2 NC State travels to face No. 1 Louisville, with the top of the ACC standings on the line. In a sub-par year for the league overall, these two teams are clearly the class of it.
NC State is, alas, coming off a loss in its last game but hopefully will get back center Elissa Cunane, who has missed the last two games because of COVID protocols. Louisville, meanwhile, remains undefeated but has been playing with fire: the Cardinals managed to stave off a pair of upsets last week, beating Wake Forest by two and Miami.
NC State-Louisville is a matchup of elite offenses: the Pack ranks eighth nationally at 1.11 points per possession, while the Cardinals are third at 1.15. Both teams shoot the ball at a high level inside and out—State’s a smidge better from three, Louisville a smidge better inside the arc. Should be fun.
This one’s on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.