November moves into December; Thanksgiving has come and gone and the easy part of the #1 Louisville Cardinals season is over as they faced their first top-five opponent, #4 Michigan, as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
In a low-scoring affair, the Cards passed their first big test of this early season with a 58-43 victory.
The two squads have plenty of recent history as their fans well know. Michigan skyrocketed up the rankings, moving from unranked last week to top-five this week, thanks in no small part to their winning
The Battle 4 Atlantis and going through two top-ten teams to do it.
Louisville has earned their top ranking, but this game would be their toughest contest yet.
There wasn’t much scoring early in the game thanks to a combination of good defense and poor shooting from both teams. It took a while for either team to start putting up points, but the Cards finally started hitting shots, going on a 15-3 run to get a 15-point lead with just over five minutes left in the first half.
The Wolverines started scoring themselves as the half wound down but couldn’t get the deficit down below ten points as they went into halftime with a 28-18 Louisville lead.
Jordan Nwora almost had a double-double in the first 20 minutes, scoring ten points while grabbing eight rebounds.
Michigan went on an 8-0 run early in the second half and got the deficit down to four, but then the Cards went on a 13-2 run to get the score to 43-28 with 12 minutes left to go. The Wolverines went on little runs at the game wound down but couldn’t get within ten points.
Jordan Nwora was the leading scorer and rebounder in the game. Scoring 22 points on 9-23 shooting while pulling down 12 boards.
Steven Enoch also got a double-double, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton also grabbed 11 rebounds.
Louisville moves to 8-0 on the season (1-0 ACC). Michigan falls to 7-1 for the year.
The Cards will stay at the top spot as they continue their home stand against Pittsburgh on December 6.<