Cardinal Basketball

Wisconsin 85 – Louisville 48: Shorthanded Cards Get Crushed After Long Pause

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The #23 Louisville Cardinals hadn’t played in almost two weeks, but would need to shake off the rust quickly as they finally faced #12 Wisconsin.

Louisville was quickly and decisively overwhelmed by the Badgers 85-48.

This matchup was originally slated for December 9, but an outbreak of COVID in the Cards program caused them to postpone several games.

Louisville had a steep hill to climb in this contest, having not played in so long, facing a their first ranked opponent in their first road game, and being down several players including Carlik Jones who had been so crucial to their success in their first four games.

The Badgers dominated in the first half.

They made 10 three-pointers, the most they’ve hit in any one game this season. The Cards could only make about 29 percent of their shots and could not string any kind of offensive run together.

Wisconsin was had a 27-point lead at one time in the first 20 minutes, before heading into halftime up 44-18.

It was the biggest halftime deficit in Louisville program history.

It was much the same in the second half. The Badgers only increased their lead, getting as high as 42 as the game wore on. While the Cards shot a little better in the second half, it wasn’t nearly enough to close the gap.

Turnovers were a big problem for Louisville. The Cards turned the ball over 18 times, which their opponents converted into 19 points.

The Badgers, the best teams at protecting the ball in the country, only had ten turnovers.

David Johnson led the team with 12 points on 5-13 shooting, although he also had seven turnovers.

Quinn Slazinski was the only other Cardinal in double-figures with 11 points.

Sean Williamson was the leading rebounder with seven boards.

Wisconsin moves to 6-1 for the year. Louisville falls to 4-1.

The Cards stay on the road to face their first ACC opponent in Pittsburgh on December 22.

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