Hot shooting was the key for the Cardinals as they shot 53.6 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to a paltry 21 percent.
Damion Lee and Donovan Mitchell led the way for U of L scoring 14 points each. Mitchell was part of a reserve unit that scored 40 of the Cardinals’ 86 points.
Chinanu Onuaku played only 14 minutes, but hit all five of his shot attempts for 11 points. However, it was his shot blocking ability that was the key to an impressive early season defensive effort. He had five blocks to go along with his five rebounds.
The play of Onuaku was not even what Rick Pitino was most impressed with. It was his attitude. Pitino said, “I told the guys after the game, I said if I had to pick something I was really pleased with was his attitude. I was going to put him in with three fouls. He already has two fouls and he said, ‘Don’t worry about playing me, let the other guys play.’ That was not Nanu last year; he has really matured and has really played well. He did a good job switching and containing the basketball.”
Louisville looked solid in all phases of the game. The hot shooting was the result of great passing. The Cardinals had 19 assists on 30 made baskets. Their solid defense was evident due to nine steals and nine blocked shots. They also controlled the boards outrebounding the Bulldogs 46 – 37.
Louisville returns to the KFC Yum Center Tuesday evening to face the Hartford Hawks.