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Louisville versus Virginia – February 8, 2020 – KFC YUM Center
Today the #5 Louisville Cardinals put a nine game league, and 11-1 home record to the court against the defending National Champion Virginia Cavaliers. Which team will be able to impose their will on the other? Louisville has an explosive offense scoring at 75.9ppg against Virginia’s stingy defense 50.4 ppg allowed.
To start the game Louisville is RED HOTTTTTT!! Nailing five straight Treys(Darius Perry 3, Jordan Nwora2) to take a 15 to 9 lead into the first media timeout. Update 6 three’s. After the red hot start both teams settled into a more traditional offenses.
The fans did get riled up when Virginia was called for an offensive foul when the replay showed an elbow to the chin of Ryan McMahon.
The Cards finally get a little separation from the Cavs leading by 10 points at the 6:32 point in the first half. Shooting 59.1% and 7 made threes.
The first half ends with Louisville ahead 44-30. The last two field goals of the half were spectacular! Nwora drains a step back fading away jumper along the baseline while Virginia’s Huff posterized the Louisville defenders.
The Louisville halftime featured the 1980 Championship team. Was great to see all the former coaches and players. Darrell Griffith spoke to the crowd thanking them for the support of their team and those that followed. Especially the 2013 team that he said we will always acknowledge that team even though the NCAA will not.
To start the second half the home team has gotten out of their first half flow of passing the ball quickly around. Way too much dribbling allowing Virginia to establish defense.
After a very quiet seven minutes of play in the second half Nwora finally makes a three to put some energy back into the crowd.
At the under eight minute media timeout the home team lead has shrunk to 5 points with 7:05 to play Virginia’s defense has kicked in and Louisville’s shooting percentage has dropped to 50.0 percent for the game.
In the words of the great broadcast legend Joe Dean “We’ve got a barn burner”! With 4:23 it’s a one point game and Virginia’s Woldetensae is playing “String Music”. Hitting three after three. After another big three the Refs had heard enough from Coach Mack and tee’d him up! Giving the Cavaliers their first lead of the game with 3:23 to play.
With 23.8 seconds to go in the game Ryan McMahon stepped to the line and put the game on ice, stretching the lead to 5 points.
The Cards outlast the Cavaliers 80-73 in a three point shooting contest where between the two teams there were 20 makes on fourth four attempts. Biggest stat of the game thought is the rebounding margin. The home team out rebounded the visitors 31-19. Louisville also grabbed 23 defensive rebounds.
Coach Mack addressed the technical foul by saying that “the official is right in that situation, but when he looses an argument with his wife he still thinks he’s right.”
Louisville is on the road at Georgia Tech on Wednesday.