In a much needed game between top 25 rivals, the Louisville Cardinals fall to the Cincinnati Bearcats. The Cards started off slow taking nearly 14 minutes to score their first 10 points. A end of the half run got Louisville some momentum and went to the locker room down eight. They started the second as bad as they did the first, digging themselves a 17 point hole before waking up and starting to play.
Louisville’s defense started creating turnovers and big buckets by Montrezl Harrell and Chris Jones helped get the the Cards back in the game. It was all for nothing because after taking the lead late, they couldn’t hang on and eventually lost 69-66.
The Cards were led by Harrell’s 18 points, with Russ Smith and Luke Hancock each adding 16. Wayne Blackshear was a no show with 0 points and 3 fouls, while only seeing five minutes of action.
This loss leaves the Cardinals with a 0-2 record versus the RPI top 25 and only 3-4 versus the top 50, with SMU 1 loss away from not counting. That will hurt Louisville when it comes to seeding in the NCAA tournament. This makes the rematches with Cincinnati, Memphis, and UConn that much more important. Let’s hope the Cards can rebound with a W this Saturday against UCF.