Louisville defeated Wake Forest 86-76 Saturday, Feb 15 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team won against Wake Forest 86-76 in a tough match Feb. 5 at the KFC Yum! Center.

This extends the Cardinals’ winning streak to nine as they continue their ascent in the NCAA basketball rankings.

The Cardinals (20-3, 11-1) have accrued 16 wins in which they have defeated their opponent by 10 or more points this season.

The efficiency of the Demon Deacons (10-12, 3-9) stunned the Cardinals in the first half. Wake Forest busted out of the gates, shooting 60 percent from the field on 18 shots made. They also managed to out-rebound Louisville, heading into halftime plus five on the boards.

At one point, Wake Forest led the Cardinals by 16, but that would end up being their largest lead of the game. Louisville managed to keep the deficit within a dozen with their three-point shooting.

The Cardinals shot 50 percent  from three in the first half with nine three-pointers made.

Junior Jordan Nwora headed into the locker room with a dozen points and a pair of rebounds. Junior Malik Williams had eight points in the first half. Senior Ryan McMahon made two of Louisville’s nine first-half three-pointers.

The second half was all about the Cardinals’ monstrous comeback.

Without Louisville’s game-changing five minute run to open the second half, this game would have come down to the wire. With 14 minutes left to play, Nwora fooled a Wake Forest defender with a filthy crossover and followed up with an off-balance one-footed three-pointer.

Senior Dwayne Sutton carried the energy next for the Cardinals in the second half by grabbing a steal and taking it to the other end for a strong two-handed dunk.

Nwora finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and an assist. Sutton ended with a double-double, shooting for 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Seniors Steven Enoch and graduate Fresh Kimble came to life in the second half. Enoch collected two rebounds and shot for 11 points. Kimble dished four assists, grabbed 4 rebounds and scored 14 points. Collectively the Cardinals finished the game shooting 48 percent from the field.

Wake Forest had three players finishing with double-digit scoring, but the shooting of Louisville sought victory for the Cardinals.

Louisville will look to improve their winning streak to 17 when they host Virginia Feb. 8. The game will begin at 4 p.m. inside the KFC Yum! Center.

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Men’s basketball blow out Clemson at home Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

By John McCarthy — 

The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball team topped the Clemson Tigers at the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 25. 

Louisville’s objective was to capitalize on the defensive side of the ball. Louisville wanted to contain Clemson’s pesky guards and did just that.

The Cardinals (17-3, 8-1) shot 66 percent from the field and had a 20-0 run that put them securely out in front. 

Junior Darius Perry marked the scoring column first for the Cardinals with a jumper and a three-pointer. Senior Steven Enoch followed suit by sinking a corner three-pointer. 

Clemson (10-9, 4-5) junior Clyde Trapp responded with a three-pointer of his own. Perry quickly silenced Trapp’s response with another three-pointer for the Cardinals. Perry’s shot peaked a 31-9 lead for the Cardinals. 

Freshman Samuell Williamson provided an offensive boost off Louisville’s bench with 10 points in the opening half. 

Freshman David Johnson had six assists alone in the first half. Clemson trailed Louisville 47-26 going into halftime.

Louisville’s offensive productivity shined in the second half. The Cardinals bottomed five three-pointers, and Louisville defense was much improved from their last game. 

The Cardinals never let Clemson come within 15 points throughout the second half. 

Louisville wrapped up this win, shooting 48 percent from the field. In addition, they corralled 12 more rebounds than the Tigers. 

Clemson’s second half strategy was to foul often at the rim to slow the game down. Louisville did an impressive job from the charity stripe, making 18-22 free-throw attempts. 

Louisville only shot 28 percent in the second half but still maintained a substantial lead. The Tigers could not keep up with the Cardinals and fell 80-62.

Perry achieved his career high with 19 points and hustled for five rebounds. Junior Jordan Nwora had 10 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists. Williamson provided 14 points off the bench. Enoch grabbed seven rebounds and 11 points. Johnson added eight points, five rebounds and six assists.

Louisville will travel to Boston College Jan. 29 to play the Golden Eagles at 9 p.m.

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Cardinals blowout Pittsburgh for twelfth straight win Monday, Jan 27 2020 

By Matthew Keck —

It was a scoring frenzy at the KFC Yum! Center Jan. 27 as the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals blew out the Pittsburgh Panthers 83-49. This marked the Cardinals’ twelfth straight win of the season.

The Cards (20-1, 9-0) got off to a slow start early on but led 21-13 after the first quarter. They weren’t looking back either, going on a 9-0 run in the second quarter to head into the half with a 17-point lead.

Six players contributed to the win, scoring in double digits against the Panthers (3-16, 0-8). They also posted an impressive 23 assists among eight players and 15 steals from seven Cards.

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun, senior Bionca Dunham, junior Dana Evans and senior Kylee Shook led the team in scoring with 12 points each. Senior Jazmine Jones added 11 and sophomore Elizabeth Dixon 10 points toward the win.

Dunham was on fire from the field, shooting 5-7 and perfect at the free throw line. She also managed to pull in the second most rebounds with three offensive and defensive, for six total.

The Cards dominated the glass on defense with 29 rebounds on that side of the ball. Balogun and sophomore Mykasa Robinson topped the team with the most rebounds grabbing eight all together.

In addition to her 12 points, Shook had five rebounds and one block and steal. Evans finished shooting 4-9 and with three rebounds, four assists and one steal.

Redshirt senior Yacine Diop helped the Cards with eight points, two rebounds and assists and one steal. Robinson made her stamp with eight rebounds, five assists and three steals while scoring four points.

As a team, the Cardinals shot 47 percent from the field, going 7-24 from three-point range. The bench was also a big factor, scoring 24 points in their victory over the Panthers.

This win marks U of L’s tenth-straight 20-win season, and their twelve game winning streak is their best since the 2018-2019 season when they won 14 in a row.

Louisville’s coach Jeff Walz said after the game how happy he was with the Cardinals consistent scoring across the team. He praised his players for their ability to share the ball.

“We needed a game like this at home,” said Walz. “We haven’t played extremely well here [this season], like we have in the past.”

The Cards are headed on the road to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame Jan. 30. The game is set to tip-off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Women’s basketball stormed past Virginia Sunday, Jan 26 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The No. 5 Louisville Cardinals took down Virginia 75-50 Jan. 23 at the KFC Yum! Center. 

The Virginia Cavaliers arrived in the Derby City having played the toughest schedule in the nation.

Senior Kylee Shook made the first bucket of the game when she netted a three-pointer off an assist by senior Bionca Dunham. Shook had a fiery first quarter with eight early points, two blocks and two rebounds.

Junior Dana Evans added to the total by sinking three three-pointers, extending her already impressive sharpshooting season.

Louisville (19-1, 8-0) led the Cavaliers 25-13 after the first quarter.

Louisville’s defense was the highlight of the second quarter. The Cardinals held Virginia (7-12, 2-6) at nine points for the quarter.

Without their defense, Louisville would not have been able to keep a comfortable lead going into halftime. They finished the second quarter only making two of their 12 attempts from the field.

Regardless of their shooting drought, Louisville led the Cavaliers going into the locker room 39-22. 

Senior Jazmine Jones made the first basket of the second half via a right-handed layup. The Cavaliers began to settle in after Jones’ bucket. Senior Dominique Toussaint swished a jumper to start a Cavaliers scoring drive.

With Louisville’s scoring struggles trickling into the third quarter, the Cavaliers were able to decrease the deficit to 12 heading into the final period. 

Jones again put the Cardinals on the board first with an and-one jumper. She made the free-throw to convert the three-point play and put the Cardinals lead back to 15.

Virginia replied with a strong offensive rebound by freshman Shemera Williams that led to a made free-throw.

Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun kept the Cavaliers at bay with a lengthy three-pointer assisted by Evans. Jones and Evans followed up Balogun’s three-pointer with jumpers inside the arch. Williams stringed another three-pointer for Virginia to keep the deficit within 15.

In the end, the late shooting improvements for the Cardinals outshined the Cavaliers’ passion. 

Louisville shot 44 percent from the field despite their second quarter woes.

Dana Evans said, “We have to put together a full game, especially when we’re playing teams like this.” Evans tallied up 21 points in the Cardinals win. 

The Cardinals will host Pittsburgh Jan. 26 at 4 p.m.

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No. 18 Seminoles downed No. 7 Cardinals 78-65 Sunday, Jan 5 2020 

By John McCarthy —

The Florida State Seminoles defeated Louisville Cardinals men’s basketball 78-65 Jan. 4 at the KFC Yum! Center. 

Louisville was favored to win the game, but the Seminoles were able to grind out the win.

With this takedown, the Seminoles handed the Cardinals their first home loss and first loss in ACC conference play. 

The Cards have now lost two games in a row. 

The first half was all Florida State, who held their own against the Cardinals. The Seminoles outscored Louisville by seven points in the first half. 

Junior Jordan Nwora, however, did not go unnoticed, scoring 21 points in the first half on six of nine shooting. The rest of the Cardinal roster struggled in the first half, combining for only 10 points. 

Junior M.J. Walker was the catalyst for Florida State in the first half, draining 15 points off the bench while shooting 75 percent. Without a Louisville basket in the final five minutes of the first half, the Seminoles took the lead going into half time. 

The second half featured a resilient Louisville team who found their rhythm around the 15 minute mark. 

Senior Ryan MacMahon dished a swift behind the back bounce pass from the left wing to junior Darius Perry for the corner three. That was the spark the Cardinals needed to fight their way back to a win. 

Later, during the second half and in the midst of a Louisville run, Nwora had a timely putback that brought the Cardinals to within three. 

Ultimately, the length and athleticism of the young Seminoles held off the Cardinals. 

There are a few things to take away from this Cardinals home loss. The Seminoles shot the lights out, ending with a 55 percent shooting as a collective. The Seminoles also came away shooting 48 percent from the three point line and finished with eleven triples. Nwora ended with 32 points and 10 rebounds for a double double. Senior Steven Enoch had 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks. 

Louisville will host Miami on Jan. 7 at the KFC Yum! Center.

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No. 7 Louisville grinds out win against Syracuse in ACC match-up Sunday, Dec 29 2019 

By John McCarthy

Louisville women’s basketball won 62-58 against the Syracuse Orange Dec. 29 at the KFC Yum! Center. 

This victory for the Lady Cardinals is their first win in conference play. 

In their last game, the Cardinals (12-1, 1-0) won a nail-biter at UT Martin in double overtime. This win over the Orange settled Louisville back into a rhythm at home in a friendly atmosphere. 

The Cardinals allowed three early three-pointers from Syracuse (6-6, 0-1), who have only shot 29% from the three-point line on the season coming into this afternoon’s game.

The Lady Cardinals struggled to get going in the first half. Junior Kiara Lewis sank 14 points for the Orange in the first quarter. Freshman Teisha Hyman also contributed 12 points, bringing the Orange to a score of 20-19 after the first quarter. 

Syracuse led by as many as six points throughout the first half. 

Louisville dominated the second and third quarters. The Lady Cardinals outscored the Orange by eight points in the second and third quarters. 

Senior Jazmine Jones led the Cardinals in scoring, going to halftime with 18 points on seven of nine shooting from the field. The other Lady Cardinals struggled in the second quarter, shooting only five of 29 from the field combined. 

The fourth quarter was a must-see ending to this Sunday afternoon battle. Sophomore Elizabeth Balogun contributed 13 points for the Cardinals. Balogun made a clutch put-back layup with 31 seconds left in the game and put Louisville up three. 

Jones scored 24 points and was one point away from her career-high for a game. 

The Cardinals were able to force a held ball and a turnover which ultimately led to this afternoon’s home victory. 

Being 1-0 in ACC conference play is a necessity for the Lady Cardinals in the upcoming week and a half. Louisville will travel to Clemson Jan. 2, then will return home to play Duke on Jan. 5, and on Jan. 9, they will travel to south Florida to face No. 24 Miami.

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No. 3 Louisville tops Miami (OH) in home win Friday, Dec 20 2019 

By John McCarthy —

 

The Cardinals defeated Miami (OH) Dec. 18 at the KFC Yum! Center, 70-46. 

The Redhawks tested Louisville in the first half, but the Cardinals settled down in the second half and won by a comfortable 24 points.

The Cardinals struggled from the field in the first half, shooting less than 30% from the three-point line. 

Miami (5-6, 0-0) had a series of runs led by precise rebounding that challenged Louisville in the first 20 minutes. 

The Cardinals (11-1, 2-0) managed to go on a 14-2 run to go up by twelve points, but the Redhawks continued to cut into the Louisville lead.

By the end of the first half, Louisville fought back, spreading the gap to 28-20. The major contributor for the Redhawks in the first half was sophomore Mekhi Lairy, who had 10 points. 

The second half was all Cardinals after the clock struck ten minutes left. 

Junior Jordan Nwora poured in 20 points while senior Ryan MacMahon contributed 11 points. Senior Dwayne Sutton tied his career-high for rebounds with 15. 

Although the Cardinals never trailed in the game, the Redhawks were able to cut the deficit to 44-40 with 9:02 left in the second half after Redhawk sophomore Josh Brewer’s three-pointer. 

The Cardinals went on a 17-0 run the next five minutes to close out Miami.

This is the fifth loss in the last six games for the struggling Redhawks. Cardinal Coach Chris Mack said, “I am just happy that we were able to finish the game the right way in such an overwhelming fashion the last ten minutes.”

This matchup resulted in a much-needed victory for the Cardinals. Following the Cardinals’ loss in Madison Square Garden against Texas Tech, Miami matched with a No. 3 Louisville team seeking to get back to the top spot in the nation.

 The Cardinals’ next game will be against the Kentucky Wildcats, their long time in-state rival. The Wildcats will head home after a two-game getaway in Las Vegas before hosting the Cardinals. Louisville will clash with Kentucky Dec. 28 at 3:45 p.m. at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. 

The Wildcats have won the last two games in the battle of the bluegrass against Louisville, but this season, they will have their hands full with an all-around elite top five in the nation Louisville team. 

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No. 4 Men’s basketball defeats NCC 87-58 Tuesday, Nov 19 2019 

By Cole Emery–

Men’s basketball defeated North Carolina Central 87-58, Nov. 18 at the KFC Yum! Center.  This was the Cardinals fourth win of the season, with three of those at home court.

Making three of their first four shots pushed the No. 4 Cardinals to a 8-0 lead to start the game. This high field goal percentage foreshadowed what the rest of the game would look like from the high-scoring offense.

Louisville continued the onslaught by putting together a 19-4 run to finish out the first half 43-19. The first half point leaders were senior Steven Enoch and freshman Dwayne Sutton with 10 each. Junior Jordan Nwora also came in heavy with eight points.

In the second half North Carolina Central put up 39 points compared to the Cardinals 44 points. The substantial lead allowed the bench players to showcase the depth of this Louisville squad. The Cardinals were led by Nwora who scored 17 points with three rebounds.

Junior Darius Perry scored 11 points with seven assists. Freshman Samuell Williamson came off the bench for nine points with three rebounds, and freshman Aiden Igiehon also came off the bench to score three points with seven rebounds.

The Cardinals will be facing off against South Carolina Upstate in their next matchup. The game will be held Nov. 20 at the KFC Yum! Center at 7 p.m.

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No. 4 Cards slams Indiana State 91-62 Friday, Nov 15 2019 

By Luke Graham-

Louisville men’s basketball took down Indiana State Nov. 13 with a final score of 91-62 at the KFC Yum! Center, maintaining a three game win streak. Junior forward Jordan Nwora came in strong, shooting 56 percent and 50 percent from behind the arc.

The Cards (3-0, 1-0) finished out the first half with a 47-26 lead. In the first half, Nwora kept the pace up, shooting four of eight and making both of his threes to finish the first half with 14 of the Cards’ 47 points.

Redshirt senior Dwayne Sutton played very well in the first half. He was all over the court and guarding anyone who came his way. He finished the half with 10 points and six rebounds. Graduate transfer Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble helped the Cards out while shooting 100 percent, going 3-of-3 from the field and 1-for-1 from three.

The Cards let Indiana State (0-2) go on a little run to start the second half but calmed down and took the game back over. Louisville’s defense stepped up, led in most part by redshirt Senior Dwayne Sutton locking down whomever got hot for Indiana State. He also finished with a double-double, scoring 14 with 10 rebounds. He finished second in scoring behind Jordan Nwora with 21.

Freshman and 5-star McDonalds All-American Samuell Williamson showed flashes of what is to come, finishing the night off with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists while adding on a block and a steal. Williamson played the game smooth no matter if he was on defense, court vision, or shooting.

Kimble had an excellent game and showed real control while running the point for the Cards. He showed maturity and poise while only missing one shot and finishing with 13 points.

With a win, Louisville will look to climb up into the top three teams in the country after rival Kentucky took an upset loss to the University of Evansville.

Louisville will stay at home and play host to NC Central in the Global Sports Shootout on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. on the ACC network.

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Women’s Basketball: Players to look out for this season Saturday, Nov 9 2019 

By Riley Vance–

There are a few players fans can expect to see putting numbers up on the board as the women’s basketball team prepares for the 2019-20 season.

Sophomore guard Elizabeth Balogun and junior guard Dana Evans have been selected to the 2019-20 Preseason All-ACC Team, and freshman guard Nyah Green has been placed on the Newcomer Watch List.

Transfer Balogun was named ACC Freshman of the Year, as well as ACC Freshman of the Week four times while at Georgia Tech. She started all 30 games for the Yellow Jackets and averaged 14.6 points per game. As a freshman, Balogun scored 437 points last season, the seventh most points in Georgia Tech history.

Evans was named ACC Sixth Player of the Year and to the ACC All-Academic team. She ranked third with an averaged 10.4 points in the 16 ACC games she played in last season. Evans held a team best 4.0 assists per game.

Green comes to Louisville as a five-star prospect. She is the No. 12 player and seventh-best guard in the class of 2019. Green led her high school team, Bishop Lynch, to a TAPPS 6A state runner-up as a junior, averaging 18.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 37 games.

Seniors Jazmine Jones and Kylee Shook also show great promise. Jones started in 36 games last season, averaging 7.6 points. She posted a season-high 10 rebounds at Duke.

Shook started in three games last season, but played in a total of 35. She averaged 7.1 points per game. Shook was ranked seventh in ACC in blocks with 1.5 per game. She tallied career-highs with 15 rebounds and three assists.

In ACC play, Shook came in fifth in blocks with 1.7 per game, ninth in field goal percentage (.519), 14th in defensive rebounds with 4.9 per game, and 15th in rebounding with 7.0 per game.

Redshirt senior Yacine Diop is coming back from a season-ending knee injury last season, and senior Bionca Dunham will be completing her fourth season as a Cardinal.

Louisville has a talented group this year, but these are just a few standouts.

They breezed through their first game of the season on Nov. 5 against WKU with a 75-56 win.

Women’s basketball takes on Murray State on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum Center.

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