Once again, the 19th ranked Louisville Cardinals easily handled the undermanned Kennesaw State Owls 94 – 57. The Owls made only one field goal in the first 10 minutes as U of L jumped out to a 17 – 3 lead.
Offense was the theme of the game once again as the Cardinals shot 58.8 percent from the field. Even more impressive was their second half shooting. They shot 65.7 percent in the second half after shooting 51.5 percent in the first half. The Cardinals have shot over 50 percent in all but one of their games this season.
Damion Lee once again led the Cardinals in scoring with points on 5 – 9 shooting. He also finished with seven rebounds.
Chinanu Onuaku played strong against an undersized Kennesaw State front line. He made 8 of his 10 field goal attempts giving him 16 points for the game. The biggest question for Onuaku will be can he play this well once the competition gets stronger.
The backcourt of Trey Lewis and Quentin Snider played solid. Lewis scored 13 points while Snider scored nine and finished with a game-high eight assists. Donovan Mitchell also played strong in the backcourt finishing with 10 points and 7 rebounds. The Louisville fans got to see Mitchell’s athleticism at its finest with his four dunks.
Rick Pitino was happy with Snider’s offensive play, but did call him out on his defensive play, “We’re still getting beat – Quentin Snider got beat too much off the bounce tonight – both on underneath out‐of‐bounds plays as well as the perimeter. We’ve got to shore that up.”
The Owls, coached by Pitino’s former Massachusett’s teammate Al Skinner, struggle mightily hitting only 38.6 percent of their shots. They were led by Yonel Brown’s game-high 19 points.
The competition gets a lot stiffer for the Cardinals as Western Kentucky comes in to the Yum Center on Saturday for an afternoon showdown. This will not only be a much tougher matchup, but also an emotional one after the game last season in Bowling Green where Montrezl Harrell was thrown out for fighting and the coaches were heated with one another.