The Louisville Cardinals scheduled a game this season in Barclay’s Center, but nobody knew who it would be against for a while. Today, Louisville announced that the opponent will be the Saint Louis Billikens. The last meeting between the two schools was in the 2014 NCAA Tournament where the Cardinals won in the Round of 32.
This was a surprising game for both teams. Louisville is coming off an Elite Eight appearance and the Billikens missed the NCAA Tournament last season. The Cardinals should be a powerhouse next season again, but Saint Louis should struggle a bit. This should be a great game for both teams regardless of the neutral site setting. The game will be played on Thanksgiving weekend but the exact time and date has yet to be announced.
Louisville has a very tough non-conference schedule next season and this just adds on to it. They already face Michigan State, Indiana, and Kentucky next season. Their conference schedule doesn’t look favorable for the Cardinals either with the likes of Virginia, Duke, and North Carolina. But this game against Saint Louis should be a decent measuring stick and the Billikens should have a chip on their shoulder after their last meeting with Louisville.