|Middle Tennessee will face its second ACC foe of the year in as many games when the Blue Raiders host No. 5 Louisville Wednesday night in Murphy Center.
Wednesday night’s game is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip and will be broadcast on 89.5 WMOT, with the Voice of the Lady Raiders, Dick Palmer, calling the action. Fans can also follow the action with a live stream at CUSA.tv/RaiderVision.
The Cardinals (2-0) lead the all-time series 4-1, with the Blue Raiders’ series win coming in a 94-84 decision at Louisville in 2009.
The Cardinals enter Murfreesboro as the highest-ranked team to play in Murphy Center since No. 4 Tennessee in 2013. Top-ranked Maryland stands as the highest ranked team to play in Murphy Center in the 2006 season opener.
“The last few days I have watched some good basketball. Louisville is the best team I’ve seen. I watched Connecticut, Texas, Stanford – I think Louisville has a legitimate shot at winning a national championship,” Coach Rick Insell said. “They are well coached, they are very athletic, they shoot the ball extremely well, they pass the ball and they change their defenses. I think (head coach) Jeff (Walz) knows he has got something special.”
The Blue Raiders (0-1) are set for their home opener following a 63-51 setback at Virginia. Sophomore Alex Johnson led the Raiders with 13 points, while senior Ty Petty added 11 points.
Asia Durr leads Louisville, averaging 21 points per outing and is tied for second nationally in three-pointers made with 11. Myisha Hines-Allen has hauled in a team-best 18 total rebounds in the first two games.
“We are excited. It’s a challenge. Can we play with Louisville? We think so, and that’s all that matters,” Insell said. “It’s going to be a great night and a great atmosphere. We have to execute our system and we have to come out ready to play.”