The new week brings a new ranking for the #3 Louisville Cardinals, down two spots after last week’s loss to Texas Tech. And they only had one game against Miami (OH) before the schedule gets a lot tougher.
And despite struggling for most of the game, the Cards poured it on late to blow out the RedHawks 70-46.
Miami (OH) won their last game but lost the four before that. They’re looking to get an upset even though they’ve been struggling with injuries recently.
Louisville was looking to avoid another trap game as they made final preparations to face their arch-rival.
The game began in the usual way, with both teams staying close until the Cards finally broke away. They got up by as much as 12 a couple times during the game but the RedHawks kept the deficit around 10 points for most of the first half.
The halftime score was 28-20.
All but one Cardinal who saw playing time in the first half scored. Ryan McMahon led the team with six point in the first 20 minutes.
It was a major difference from when Louisville shot the lights out in the EKU game. They shot over 60 percent against the Colonels but shot under 40 percent in the first half tonight.
Miami (OH) scored five straight to start the second half and got within three points before a Darius Perry three stopped the bleeding. The RedHawks stayed within single digits for the next 12 minutes until an 17-0 Louisville run got them their largest lead of the night at 21 points.
The Cards continued to pour it on, getting the lead up to 27 in the final minute before settling on the final score.
While both teams had an equal number of rebounds in the first half, Louisville outrebounded Miami (OH) 30-16 in the second. This led to 13 second chance points for the Cards. This was added to the overall interior domination for Louisville, scoring 26 points in the paint to the RedHawks 16.
The Cards’ slow start and relatively poor shooting is something that the team will have to fix heading into their next matchup, however.
Jordan Nwora led the Cards in scoring with 20 points on 7-17 shooting. Ryan McMahon added 11 points.
Dwayne Sutton led all rebounders, grabbing 15 boards. Malik Williams pulled down 11 rebounds.
Louisville moves to 11-1 on the season (2-0 ACC). Miami (OH) falls to 5-6 for the year.
The Cards play a true road game for the first time all month, and they do it against arch-rival #6 Kentucky on December 28.<