After dominating Central Arkansas, Louisville faced a much tougher opponent on the road against Indiana.
And while the past few games have seen the Cards able to close teams out late, poor shooting and defense led to them falling to the Hoosiers 68-67.
This was the last match-up of a three-game series between the two squads will probably be the last time they play for a while. Louisville had beat Indiana four straight times before the game. The Hoosiers have lost two games this season, but those losses were in a close game against Arkansas and getting beat by Duke, which almost everybody has done so far.
Louisville started the game with a 8-2 run and shot well throughout the first half. Indiana eventually found their shooting touch and started threatening, even getting within a point as the half wore on, but thanks to Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton and Christen Cunningham, the Cards were able to stay ahead and go into halftime up 33-28.
It was the lowest first-half point total for either team all season.
The Hoosiers shot much better coming out of the locker room, whittling the deficit back down to one point several times in the second half before finally burying a three-pointer with just over eight minutes left to get their first lead. The teams would trade leads for most of the second half, with the score tied at 57 with just over 90 seconds left in the game.
However, Louisville’s shots stopped falling and Indiana went on a 8-1 run. Shots started falling for the Cards in the last minute, but they weren’t able to overcome the deficit for their first loss in four games.
Part of the reason Louisville struggled was due to their not getting to the foul line very often. The Cards have been one of the best in the country at getting to the charity stripe, however they only shot 10 free throws for the game, making seven of them. While the Hoosiers also struggled from the free throw line, making 16 of 25.
Indiana also overcame the Louisville inside, outscoring the Cards in the paint 32-22.
There were some good things to take away from the game. Louisville out-rebounded their opponents 36-33, including nine offensive boards. As a result of those rebounds they were able to score 14 second-chance points.
Nwora got his second double-double of the season, leading all scorers with 24 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds. Cunningham and Ryan McMahon also scored in double figures.
Louisville falls to 6-3 on the season. Indiana now has a 8-2 record.
The Cards look to turns things around as they head back home to face a formidable Lipscomb team on December 12.<
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.