After having a six-game winning streak snapped against then-#9 North Carolina, the #16 Cards had no time to breathe as they faced #11 Virginia Tech.
While the Hokies threatened all game, Louisville led all the way to a 72-64 victory.
Virginia Tech has played their way to being a top 12 team this season, and are coming off perhaps the weirdest college basketball of the new year, a 47-24 headscratcher against NC State.
While being unable to sweep the Tar Heels in their last game, the Cards were still in a great position heading into the rest of their season. But they certainly want to regain their winning ways as the month progressed.
Louisville got out to a ten-point lead just over 12 minutes into the game. The Hokies kept the deficit in the single digits for the remainder of the first half, and the Cards had a mini-collapse that let Tech get within two points in the final minute before Steven Enoch hit a three-pointer with one second left to get Louisville into halftime with a 31-26 lead.
Enoch and Jordan Nwora each scored eight points in the first 20 minutes.
The Hokies scored four straight points to get within one a couple minutes into the second half before the Cards went on a 10-1 run to get the lead back to double digits.
Tech battled back to within three points with around 12 minutes to go, before Louisville went on a 12-3 run to get a 12-point lead.
Ryan McMahon had trouble missing three-pointers in the middle of the second half, and a Christen Cunningham layup got the lead up to 14 with nine minutes left to go.
The Cards went up by as much as 15 before the Hokies got back within single digits and stayed there for the rest of the game.
They were unable to get the lead though, as Louisville kept them at bay en route to the win.
After getting dominated on the boards against North Carolina, the Cards were able to outrebound Tech 31-25.
Turnovers were an issue for Louisville, who had 15 for the game, allowing the Hokies to score 12 points off those turnovers.
Ryan McMahon and Dwayne Sutton led the Cards with 17 points each.
Sutton almost earned another double-double, pulling down nine boards.
Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch also scored in double-figures.
Louisville moves to 17-6 for the season (8-3 ACC). Virginia Tech falls to 18-4 (7-3 ACC).
The hits just keep on coming, as the Cards face #22 Florida State on February 9.<
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.