The Cards were hoping to start their postseason off right against Notre Dame in the second round of the ACC Tournament in The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Louisville started their conference tourney they blew out the Irish 75-53, their second victory against Notre Dame in two weeks.
Notre Dame was coming off a hard-fought win against Georgia Tech, and were more than likely playing for their chances at a NCAA tournament bid, as their regular season resume makes it highly unlikely, they’ll get an at-large bid to the Big Dance.
From the strength of the regular season (February excluded), Louisville earned a single-bye in the tournament, and were hoping to do some things in the next few days to increase their national seeding.
Louisville was down by five early, but then went on a 9-2 run to take the lead. This was thanks almost exclusively to Jordan Nwora, who scored the Cards’ first 12 points.
Other players started scoring, going on a 19-2 run early in the half and getting up to a 16-point lead with just under eight minutes left to go.
The Irish would start scoring again eventually, but only at the free throw line, which allowed Louisville to maintain a double-digit lead as the half wound down. Notre Dame’s first two field goals in almost fifteen minutes got the lead to single digits in the final minute of the half and the teams headed into halftime with Louisville up 34-25.
Nwora scored 16 points in the first 20 minutes.
The Irish scored more in the second half, but so did Louisville, getting the lead up to 24 points in the second half. Notre Dame went on little runs as the game wore on, but their overall shooting woes continued, and they could not closer than around 20 points on the way to a loss.
The Cards dominated almost every single category, including outrebounding the Irish 50-38 and outscoring them inside 28-24.
Nwora led all scorers with 24 points on 8-15 shooting. Steven Enoch and Ryan McMahon also scored in double-figures.
Dwayne Sutton was the leading rebounder for the Cards, pulling down ten boards.
Louisville moves to 20-12 on the season. Notre Dame falls to 14-19.
The competition only gets stiffer for the Cards, as they face North Carolina on March 14.<
Chris Acree joined The Cardinal Connect as a contributing writer in August of 2016.