Having finished their latest home stand still undefeated and leading the nation, the #1 Louisville Cardinals traveled to Madison Square Garden in New York to face Texas Tech as part of the Jimmy V Classic.
And despite missing their leading scorer, the Red Raiders handed the Cards their first defeat 70-57.
It was the first meeting between the two squads. Texas Tech was ranked #12 last week until they lost three straight games. Louisville was trying to continue their dominance.
The game was close early. Louisville went on an 8-0 run four minutes in to get a seven-point lead, but then the Cardinal offense fell off a cliff. The Red Raiders went on a 18-4 run to get a nine-point lead of their own. The Cards struggled offensively as the first half wore on but managed to chip away at the deficit.
Louisville got it down to one point with just over a minute left in the half, but Texas Tech was able to score again to get the halftime score to 31-28 Red Raiders.
The Cards only made eight of their 28 shots in the first half, including only two three-pointers.
Steven Enoch had ten points in the first 20 minutes.
It didn’t get any better in the second half, Louisville got the lead back down to one in the opening minutes, but it was all downhill from there. The Red Raiders kept increasing the lead as the game went on, getting up to 14 points with one minute to go.
Louisville became the fourth top-ranked team to lose this season.
The Cards were beat in almost every statistical category. They were outshot, outrebounded, outassisted and outblocked. They took rushed and contested shots and didn’t make most of them, only shooting 34 percent from the field.
Louisville did not take good care of the ball, turning it over 19 times, which the Red Raiders converted to 18 points.
Jordan Nwora led the Cards in scoring with 14 points on 4-16 shooting. He and Dwayne Sutton and pulled down nine boards each.
Louisville falls to 9-1 on the season (2-0 ACC). Texas Tech moves to 6-3 (0-0 Big 12).
The Cards will look to bounce back as they head back home to face Eastern Kentucky on December 14.<