On Saturday afternoon the Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team won at Notre Dame without needing at least one overtime period for the first time since 1991.
Winning road games in conference play isn’t easy. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true.
I don’t think Notre Dame is a great team, but plenty of not so great teams are knocking off teams like Louisville that have Final 4 expectations.
With all of that said, Louisville once again let a double digit lead slip away and with about five minutes left it felt like we were going to see a disappointing ending.
But then Chris Mack’s team showed something we haven’t seen from them all year. Resiliency.
Trailing by four with roughly five minutes left, the Cards had three empty possessions. Nwora missed contested shot, Enoch couldn’t convert around the rim, followed by a Nwora turnover driving to the rim.
At this point nothing was going right and it seemed unlikely that Louisville would be able to shake their late game struggles, but they did exactly that.
With 4:15 seconds left Louisville went on a 12-3 run that included two huge three’s from Dwayne Sutton, two clutch buckets from Fresh Kimble and a tough driving shot from Jordan Nwora.
Despite letting the lead slip away and his team still being a work in progress, Chris Mack couldn’t hide his excitement to finally his this group show some resiliency.
“I loved the way we finished the game,” Mack said following Saturday’s win in South Bend. “I know everyone is going to point to other things, but this team needed to figure out a way to cut through some adversity and we haven’t been able to do that. I thought a couple of our guys just played like experienced players in a tough moment.”
No. 13 @LouisvilleMBB beat Notre Dame 67-64 earlier today.
— Andrew Chernoff – WLKY (@ADChernoff) January 12, 2020