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.
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.”