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Louisville Cardinals vs North Carolina Central

November 17, 2019 – KFC YUM Center

Tonight’s game will be the first meet between Louisville and North Carolina Central University(NCCU). The Cardinals are ranked number 4 in the country and have a perfect 3-0 record, while NCCU is unranked and sporting a 1-3 record.

                The NCC Eagles are Coached by LeVelle Moton(1996 NCCU Alum) with a career record of 174-136 at NCCU. The Eagles are led by Randy Miller jr 20.5ppg, Jibri Blount 12.5 rpg, Loren Christian Jackson 4.5 app. The Cardinals are coached by Chris Mack 23-14 record at Louisville. Louisville is lead by Jordan Nwora 22.0ppg, Steven Enoch 13.0rpg, and Darius Perry 6.3apg.

                The visiting team NCCU only has two players on its roster taller than 6-7, while the Cardinals have seven players on their roster 6-7 or greater. The Eagles while having a very experienced team the Cardinals start three seniors and two juniors.

                The Cardinals continue their hot shooting ways making a baby hook by Enoch, a three ball by Nwora, and a trey by McMahon. With 12:55 to go in the half Jordan Nwora has been very offensive minded. Maybe a little too much so, taking the majority of the team shots one of which was a three air ball. At the 10:56 timeout Coach Mack could be seen having a lengthy conversation with Nwora who has been substituted out along with all the starters besides Dwayne Sutton.

                With the starters back in the game around the 9:15 mark it didn’t take long for Ryan McMahon to find Steven Enoch on the baseline for a thunder dunk!! But the Cards must have still been admiring that because theNCCU Eagles raced down the floor and returned the Dunk favor by Evan Clayborne! At the under 8 minute timeout the home team is ahead 22-10.

                At the 4:45 Mark the NCCU Coach calls for a timeout because Steven Enoch has used his size and skill to dominate the shorter defenders with back to baskets. Coming out of time out the Cardinals Sutton has a massive block that was ruled out of bounds. But the Cards then forced the Eagles into a shot clock violation. Then on the offensive end Samuell Williamson makes a great baseline move and makes the bucket plus 1 which he converted.

                Louisville made all five of their final five field goals before halftime to take a 43-19 lead into intermission. Not surprising at the half the much smaller NCCU Eagles are shooting 29% from the field with 13% from beyond the arc and 10 rebounds. Louisville meanwhile is on fire!! Cards are shooting 65% from the field with a 55% from three land. They are have 18 rebounds.

                The second half is just more of the same for the Louisville Cardinals. By the 14:19 time out the Cards have stretched their lead out to 58-35 by growing their shooting % to 72 for the game compared to 65% at half. The NCCU Eagles are really starting to wear down with the starters not being able to sub out so far this half.

                The Irish Hulk (Aidan Igiehon) made his presence know down low by swatting the ball into the second row!! The Cards then forced the Eagles into a shot clock violation.

                At the eight minute timeout the Cardinals are rolling 70-44. The Louisville”faithful” are already getting a head start on their drive home. Unfortunately for those fans that left early they miss the three point clinic the Cards have put on in the last three and a half minutes, with Freshman Josh Nickelberry getting in on that action!!

                One thing for sure is that when Igiehon learns how to play basketball he will be awesome. As it were he came in off the bench to secure 7 rebounds and a blocked shot!!

                As mentioned earlier the NCCU Eagles were just no match for the #4 Louisville Cardinals tonight. Tonight’s game did bring an end to Jordan Nwora’s string of (3) twenty point games. And no Cardinal player had a double double tonight.

                The NCCU Eagles finished the game with 33% (23%/3)field goal shooting and 28 rebounds, while the Cardinals were 67%(48%/3) and 31 rebounds. But this Cardinal team is sharing the ball tremendously. They dished out 20 assist on thirty made baskets. That has to make Coach Mack extremely happy.

                The Cardinals stay unbeaten on the season and should move up in the polls this week with #1 Kentucky losing earlier this week.

                Louisville plays again Wednesday night at 7:00 against USC Upstate.

Tonight attendance was announced as 14,874

 

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