Louisville basketball went 2-0 in the opening week of the season, and thanks to losses by other top five programs, the Cards move up into the top four in this week’s AP Poll.
It feels like we waited forever for Louisville basketball’s highly anticipated 106th season to begin. And now that it’s finally here, the Cards seem to be living up to the hype.
Louisville started the season ranked as the fifth-best team in the country according to the AP poll, and after their first two games of the season against Miami and Youngstown State, the Cards have officially moved up.
Thanks to the Champions Classic featuring the top four teams in the country, including no. 1 Michigan State, no. 2 Kansas, no. 3 Kentucky, and no. 4 Duke, there were bound to be changes in the top 25 in week two.
With Kentucky taking down no. 1 MSU, and no. 4 Duke taking care of business against no. 3 Kansas, it left room for Louisville to be able to jump up – which is exactly what they have done. After two straight powerful showings, the voters felt comfortable enough to move them up to no. four in the polls.
There’s no denying that Louisville has been one of the most impressive teams in the entire country, if not the most impressive. We’ve seen Louisville’s offensive capabilities on full display during the first two games, as the Cards have scored 165 points, doing so on an incredible 52 percent shooting clip.
Jordan Nwora has looked every bit the part of a potential ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-American, leading the team in scoring in both matchups going for 23 and 21 respectively. Steven Enoch’s dedication to his body this offseason has paid off big time, while Ryan McMahon and Darius Perry look like completely different players. I could go on and on.
While there’s still plenty to work on, including getting the freshman caught up to speed, playing with their foot on the gas pedal, and stopping ball penetration – just to name a few, overall the Cards have shown the ability to play at an extremely efficient level.
After toppling Michigan State, arch-rival Kentucky moved up to number one, while Duke moved to two with Michigan State, Louisville, and Kansas rounding out the top five.