After a rough game against Robert Morris, the Cards continued their home stand hosting the Great Archenemy#16 Kentucky.
Unfortunately, Louisville picked the worst time to have probably their worst game of the season, falling to the Cats 71-58.
While Kentucky struggled early in the season, they were coming off a win against #14 North Carolina. They were looking to keep that momentum going in their first true road game.
The Cards had surprising success in their first dozen games, but were still looking for more respect nationally, respect that would certainly come after beating another ranked team.
The teams played close for the ten minutes of the game, but an 11-0 Cats run gave them a 14-point lead. The Cards started scoring again and chipped away at the deficit, but even a last second dunk by Jordan Nwora was only able to make the halftime score 35-27 Kentucky.
The second half saw Louisville shooting even worse, and while they got the deficit to single-digits a few times early in the half, Kentucky was always able to score and keep them at bay.
The Cats were thoroughly dominant inside, scoring 42 points in the paint. Kentucky was also able to take advantage of the Cards’ 12 turnovers, scoring 13 points as a result.
Another area Louisville struggled was behind the three-point arc. Three-pointers have been a key part of the Cards’ offense so far this season, and Kentucky has been one of the worst teams in the country at guarding the trey. But this game Louisville only managed to make five of their 20 three-pointers.
Christen Cunningham had a great game after missing the last contest with a concussion, scoring 20 points on 8-14 shooting with four assists. Nwora put in another 17 points, but no other Cardinal scored more than five points for the game. Dwayne Sutton only took three shots the entire game.
Enoch was Louisville’s leading rebounder with nine boards.
Louisville falls to 9-4 on the season. Kentucky now has a 10-2 record.
The Cards finish out their home stand against their first ACC opponent, Miami, on January 6.<
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.