Unfortunately for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals, the No. 1 ranking lasted just one week. The Cards were in control for the most part of today’s game against Syracuse, but crumbled down the stretch, falling to the Orange by a score of 70-68.
There is no shame in losing to a team like Syracuse in January, but I think we can all agree that Louisville should have left their home floor with a victory today. A nearly 5-minute stretch without scoring late in the second half was the biggest difference.
Syracuse is a solid team, but they needed an unconscious performance from senior Brandon Triche and poor offensive performances from Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva to earn a win. Credit to Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams for making big play defensively at the end of the game, but Louisville was still able to force him into eight turnovers.
This is without a doubt a humbling loss for the Cards. They can clearly bounce back from this and it could end up being something that really helps them down the stretch. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointing, but overall it’s a meaningless loss.
I’m as big of a Peyton Siva fan as anyone, but I don’t understand how the ball isn’t in Russ Smith’s hands at the end of the game. Russ is one of, if not the best play makers in the country.
Rick Pitino clearly wasn’t pleased with the loss…