3 things to watch against Boston College

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Louisville interim coach David Padgett talks Boston College, Quentin Snider and social media ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Boston College. Jan. 19, 2018
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The Louisville men’s basketball team is back home for a matchup against Boston College at noon Sunday at the KFC Yum Center. The game will be on WHAS-11 locally.

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A quick scouting report:

»  Making the offense efficient: How is Louisville looking so much more efficient on offense? There’s a few factors, namely better decision-making and shot selection. Part of the better decision-making is the concerted effort to drive more. That has led to fouls (and foul shots). Over the past three games, Louisville has drawn 16 fouls per game and attempted 19.3 free throws. On average, because the Cards have a good free-throw-shooting team, that’s been 15 free points a game. That helps any offense.

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»  Perimeter defense: More detail on BC’s backcourt is in the “About Boston College” section below, but just like Tuesday’s game at Notre Dame, perimeter defending will play a key role in Louisville winning or losing on Sunday. BC is built around three guards, and Louisville did a really solid job against Notre Dame’s spread-out, guard-heavy offense. Darius Perry was a difference-maker guarding Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell, and Deng Adel and V.J. King helped, too. In Louisville’s last three wins, opponents have made just 32 percent from 3-point range while turning it over on more than a fifth of their possessions.

»  About Boston College: The ACC has a couple surprise teams this season, and BC is one of them. (Not sure many had Clemson vying for a top-four league finish, either.) The Eagles went 10-62 in conference play over the past four seasons, never winning more than four games in a campaign. They’ve already won three this season, including home wins against Duke and Florida State.

What’s different about BC this season? Jim Christian’s team is much more efficient on offense than it has been, thanks in large part to the perimeter trip of Ky Bowman, Jordan Chatman and Jerome Robinson. Chatman and Robinson both have seen significant upticks in their 3-point-shooting percentages and drops in their turnover rates. And Bowman’s turnovers dropped as his assists climbed. They are the Eagles’ engine.

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Louisville freshman Jordan Nwora changed the momentum of his team’s win, coach David Padgett said.
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