|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABDespite the Cardinals' top shooters having an off night on Friday, Louisville easily defeated the UConn Huskies 71-58. This is an impressive win by the Cardinals, who had not been expected to win the game by such a lopsided margin. Add the fact that their best shooters were struggling throughout the game, and the win becomes even more impressive.
Louisville's usual top scorer, Preston Knowles, suffered a terrible shooting night, going 2 for 13 from the field. The first half of the game was also a struggle for Kyle Kuric, who only had 6 points before halftime. In fact, the Cardinals' three top scorers, Knowls, Kuric, and Terrence Jennings, only combined for 20 points total.
Thus, the Cardinals had to look for scoring deeper in their roster, and some relatively unknown names stepped up to the challenge. Peyton Siva also had a strong game all around for Louisville, and came away with 15 points.
Freshman center Gorgui Dieng surprisingly ended up with a double-double, as he grabbed six offensive rebounds and put down 13 points for the Cardinals. Connecticut's seemingly stronger and more experienced defense could not keep the freshman down last night.
After their awful first half, Kuric and Knowles turned around a bit in the second half and made some key plays to put the Cardinals well ahead of the Huskies. The deeper talent that raised their games to make up the slack of the star scorers kept Louisville on top of the Cardinals the entire game. So #16 Louisville beat #13 Connecticut in a huge Big East conference win, and have swept the series, having beaten the Huskies on January 29.
The Huskies had been playing decent basketball, having come to the game winning their last two games. UConn also saw both Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Kemba Walker score 16 points each over the course of the loss.