The #14 Cards hosted #7 Duke in another ACC matchup, with both teams fighting for a winning record in the conference. Thanks to superior defense and ball movement Louisville would come out on top 78-69.
Louisville had a good defensive first half, causing eight turnovers. However they couldn’t capitalize, scoring only two points off those turnovers and shooting just under 37 percent from the floor for the half.
Duke led by as much as seven points in the first half, but the Cards rallied in the latter minutes of the half to gain their own eight point lead before heading into the locker room up 34-30.
Duke would fight back early in the second half, regaining the lead four minutes in before a Ray Spaulding three-pointer and a Mangok Mathiang dunk put the Cards ahead for good. Louisville would lead by as many as 10 points in the second half.
The Cards’ defense caused the Blue Devils all kinds of problems. Louisville had seven steals and caused 18 turnovers, scoring 13 points off those turnovers. It was the most turnovers Duke had in a game this season.
They would move the ball effectively during the game with 16 assists.
Junior forward Anas Mahmoud led the Cards with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Spaulding, Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell would also score in double-figures for the Cards.
Duke’s Grayson Allen led the team with 23 points.
Louisville moves to 15-3 on the season (3-2 ACC) and move to fourth in the conference. The Blue Devils have a 14-4 record (2-3 ACC). They have not won a true road game this season.
The Cards look to continue their conference winning streak against Clemson on January 19.<