It’s been a long and plague-ridden road for the Louisville Cardinals. After being unable to play Virginia Tech on Wednesday due to COVID issues amongst the Hokies, the had to end their season against cursed #21 Virginia.
While the Cards fought hard and came close a few times, they were unable to overcome the Cavaliers and lost 68-58.
Long the bane of the Cardinals, the Cavaliers have been the highest ranked ACC team all season, but had lost three of the last four games and has traditionally faltered in March.
Louisville was trying to get into the best postseason form they can, while getting a ranked win and improving their seed in the bargain.
It was all Virginia early in the game. The Cards couldn’t get any offense together at all. The Cavs got up to a ten-point lead ten minutes in.
Later in the first half Louisville closed the gap, getting to within three points as Virginia stopped making baskets.
But then the Cards offense dried up and the Cavs were able to widen the gap again and get their lead to 28-21 going into halftime.
David Johnson had six points in the first 20 minutes.
The first few minutes of the second half were much the same, but eventually Louisville found their shot and battled back to within three.
The Cards couldn’t get any closer though, and while they got the lead down to single-digits a few more times as the game wound down Virginia was able to stay ahead.
David Johnson led the team with 14 points on 6-17 shooting.
Samuell Williamson almost had a double-double with nine points and ten rebounds.
The game was Senior Night for three Louisville Cardinals, although technically all three could stay and play next season due to NCAA rules concerning the pandemic.
Grad Transfer Carlik Jones has been invaluable for the Cards and is on the short list for ACC player of the year, but he struggled in this contest, finishing with just six points and six assists.
The other two seniors did not play. Charles Minlend saw no action and Malik Williams unfortunately reinjured his foot a few weeks ago.
Louisville ends the regular season with a 13-6 record (8-5 ACC). Virginia moves to 17-6 (13-4 ACC) and wins the regular season conference title.<