On November 12, 2019, the top-ranked Kentucky men’s basketball team lost to an unranked Evansville opponent. It will surely go down in the annals as one of the worst losses in college basketball history.
Now the #4 Louisville basketball team faces their own Missouri Valley Conference foe. Another Indiana program looking to collect the scalp of a top-five team.
Such a fate did not befall the Cards though, as they thoroughly proved they are not UK and beat the Sycamores 91-62.
Indiana State may not be nationally ranked, but they feature one of the best and most experienced backcourts in the MVC and have beaten their fair share of Power 5 schools the last few years.
Louisville moved up a spot from last week and had a prime opportunity to move up so more after UK’s surprise loss.
The score was close at the start of the game, with the Cards not breaking away until about five minutes into the first half. They kept increasing the lead as the half went on, thanks in part to them making their first six three-pointers. Louisville got the lead up to 22 points at one point in the first 20 minutes before going into halftime up 47-26.
Jordan Nwora scored 14 points in the first half. Dwayne Sutton added another ten.
But it wouldn’t be a proper basketball game without a raise in blood pressure, and this contest had one in the form of a 14-2 Sycamore run early in the second half that brought the deficit down to 11 points.
The Cards started scoring again, gradually increasing the lead back to where it was in the first half and beyond. The lead got up to 30 points with just under ten minutes left to go in the game and Louisville never let Indiana State closer.
Nwora led all scorers with 21 points on 5-10 shooting.
Dwayne Sutton put up a double-double, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Steven Enoch also pulled down 10 rebounds but could not keep his double-double streak alive, only scoring four points.
Louisville got a notable performance out of freshmen, including Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble who scored 13 points and Samuell Williamson who put up 15.
The Cards dominated inside, scoring 32 points in the paint and outrebounding the Sycamores 42-21 which led to 16 second-chance points.
Louisville did have some turnover problems, with Indiana State forcing 15 turnovers and turning them into 18 points.
Louisville moves to 3-0 on the season (1-0 ACC). Indiana State falls to 0-2.
The eternal shame of an unranked loss thus avoided; the Cards stay at home to face NC Central on November 17 as part of the Global Sports Shootout.<