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Michigan basketball vs. Louisville: Scouting report, prediction for top-5 clash

Michigan Wolverines basketball coach Juwan Howard speaks to the media on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Ann Arbor. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press

Tuesday night, Juwan Howard and Michigan basketball will enter a hostile road environment for the first time this season.

Just four days after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on neutral ground in the Bahamas, the fourth-ranked Wolverines will face No. 1 Louisville on the road at the KFC Yum! Center (7:30 p.m., ESPN).

The top-5 matchup is one the biggest matchups as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge, featuring a talented, veteran team in Louisville — and a pretty similar team in Michigan, although few anticipated just how good the Wolverines would be after losing their top three scorers and the program's winningest coach.