Rick Pitino and his Louisville basketball team learned a great deal about themselves after their tough loss to the Michigan State Spartans on Wednesday night in East Lansing. Coach Pitino called it a very tough loss even this early in the season. However, the Cardinals fought hard and if not for some sketchy three point defense they could have won.
Early season convincing wins against the likes of overmatched Samford, Hartford, St. Francis Brooklyn, and North Florida did little to show how good this Louisville team is. They led for much of the game against the Spartans, but failed in the end. They showed incredible toughness, but just could not close it.
Saturday’s game against Grand Canyon was another game against an overmatched team. However, the Cardinals are doing exactly what they should against lesser competition. They stormed out to a 61 – 30 halftime lead by hitting 13 of its first 14 shots. It was the Cardinals’ biggest scoring half in almost nine years.
For the sixth time in seven games Louisville shot above 50% from the field, finishing at 54.3 percent.
They outrebounded Grand Canyon 55 to 20 and finished with a season-high nine blocks.
Damion Lee continued his strong play leading U of L with a game-high 24 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and dished out three assists. His backcourt mates Trey Lewis and Quentin Snider also had solid games. Lewis scored 16 points while Snider scored 12, but more importantly dished out a game- high eight assists.
Louisville is off until Saturday when the Eagles of Eastern Michigan come to town for a 2:00 game.