(1) Louisville is not done being the top team, defeats (5) Michigan

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The (1) Louisville Cardinals bucked a trend… at least for now … of the top ranked teams going down. In November, the three teams, who were ranked No. 1 all lost at some point.

However, just days into December, the Cardinals defeated (5) Michigan Wolverines on Tuesday night. The Cardinals won 58-43 over the Wolverines at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville Cardinals forward Jordan Nwora is fouled by guard Zavier Simpson against the Michigan Wolverines
Jordan Nwora is fouled by guard Zavier Simpson against the Michigan Wolverines (Photo by Associated Press Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

With the win, the Cardinals improved to 8-0 on the season. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 7-1 on the season.

According to ESPN’s Stats & Information, the 43 points by Michigan is the fewest points in a game between Top 5 teams since the 1985-86 seasons. Since the shot clock era, only the 2014 game between (1) Kentucky and (5) Kansas had fewer points, as Kansas had 40 points in the contest.

“The story of the game was just our defensive effort, from the beginning of the game all the way through,” Cardinals head coach Chris Mack said. “We probably played 38 1/2 minutes as good a defense as we can play, outside of maybe the first minute of the second half.”

Jordan Nwora had a game-high 22 points. He also had 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block.

Nwora was not the only Cardinals player in double-digits. Steve Enoch also contributed 13 points.

Louisville had just 11 bench points. Lamarr Kimble led the bench with five points.

Only one Michigan player was in double-digits. Jon Teske led the team with 18 points. He also had 10 rebounds and one steal.

“Give them credit,” Michigan head coach Juwan Howard said. “They do a great job of defending. Unfortunately, they did a good job of keeping us out of the paint.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.