The #5 Louisville Cardinals were looking to win their tenth game in a row against their annual tormentors Virginia.
And for the first time since March 7, 2015, the Cards beat the Cavaliers 80-73.
Cards fans know well the fell sorceries that have covered the Louisville-Virginia game for years. The Cards have lost the last nine games to the Cavaliers in a whole bunch of horrible ways.
While Virginia has struggled this year, they are on a three-game win streak including a win over #8 Florida State.
It didn’t take too long for the Cards to get a lead and keep it. They got up to a 16-point in the final minute of the first half and went into halftime up 44-30. It was the most first-half points Louisville had ever scored against Virginia.
Jordan Nwora scored 15 points in the first 20 minutes.
The lead stayed at around ten points for most of the second half until the Cavs would go on little run to get the deficit to single-digits thanks to Louisville not being able to score a field goal for several minutes. Virginia regained the lead with a little more than three minutes left.
It was a one-possession game for most of the final minutes. But as has been the case for some many down-to-the-wire games this season, Louisville made their clutch free throws and was able to hold off the Virginia.
It was the most points any team had scored on the Cavaliers this year.
The Cards dominated inside, outrebounding Virginia while also getting more second-chance points and points in the paint.
Virginia was one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the nation coming into this game, they finished 11-22 from beyond the arc. The Cavs had a better shooting percentage overall too, making 53 percent of their shots to Louisville’s 51.
Jordan Nwora led the team with 22 points on 7-14 shooting and rebounds with seven boards. Steven
Enoch and Malik Williams also scored in double-figures.
Louisville moves to 21-3 on the season (12-1 ACC). Virginia falls to 15-7 (7-5 ACC).
The curse thus lifted; the Cards head out to play a rematch against Georgia Tech on February 12.<