Rick Pitino came dressed in his finest white suit. A total of 21,714 fans, most wearing white forLouisville’s now annual “White Out” game, were in attendance. This was the perfect theme for U of L’s game against No. 11 Virginia as they will need a lot of ‘White-out’ to erase the abysmal performance they put on display Saturday.
“Unfortunately I saw this day coming.” Those were the words of Pitino after watching his team get pounded from start to finish 63 – 47. “I am not too pleased with it, but I saw it was going to happen, not quite as bad as we played tonight but I did see it coming just by the way we were playing defense against Virginia Tech and the way we played defense in practice.”
Virginia shot a whopping 57.8 percent and turned the Cardinals over 18 times.
Virginia coach Tony Bennet said this was his team’s most complete game and was especially pleased with the defensive effort saying, “We really challenged them, on the front end and the back end, to be as close to great as you can be – meaning that, we said everything you’ve got to make a play against a set defense and that’s what coaches every time – get back, set your defense. You’ve got to be as good as you’ve been on the front end, because Louisville is so potent when they get out and go, and then we said on the back end, we talk about being a one-and-done team.”
You try to find the good in anything, but it is hard to find anything good the Cardinals did against the Cavaliers. This is a case of taking the video of this game and burning it or burying it.
Louisville had one of the worst halves in the team’s history making shooting only 4 – 19 in the first half in falling behind 29 – 14 at halftime. To make matters worse, the Cardinals had 13 turnovers in the first half.
The second half was a little better, but Virginia was just too tough. They pushed their lead up to as much as 23 and never gave the Cardinals any chance of a comeback.
Reserves Raymond Spalding and Deng Adel led the Cardinals in scoring with 12 points each. Each player made five field goals. No other Cardinal made more than two baskets. As a matter of fact, U of L’s bench outscored the starters 27 – 20. The Cardinals top two scorers, Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, combined for only 10 points on the afternoon.
There is no time to dwell on the disappointing effort as U of L has a short turnaround. The No. 2 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels come into the KFC Yum Center on Monday night for another nationally televised game.