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Justin Jackson to start for Cincinnati at Louisville

Jan 30, 2014, 10:07 AM EST

Cincinnati Memphis AP

No. 13 Cincinnati will make the trek down to the Yum! Center to take on No. 12 Louisville tonight, and they’ll be doing it at full strength.

Justin Jackson, the Bearcat center and the anchor of one of the best defenses in the country, will start tonight. He rolled his ankle and managed all of six minutes in the win over Temple on Sunday and there were concerns that he would not be able to play.

As it turns out, Thursday night’s matchup will be one of the most important of the season in the American.

Cincinnati has been the best team in the league to date this season, but Louisville entered the year as the favorite to win the league. Over the course of the last two weeks, the Cardinals have appeared to have finally hit their stride.