Nanu Comes Up Big for Cardinals in Win vs. Pittsburgh

If you watched the match-up between Louisville and Pittsburgh, I hope you were Louisville fan or else…all I can say is I’m sorry. This low scoring affair was a game that reminded me of last year’s Louisville team that always struggled to score twenty points in the first half. It was a game of bricks, sloppy offense, and I guess you can say good defense, but thats debatable. In this 59-41 affair you saw one player dominate in  sophomore Chinanu Onuaku, and one player take control near the end to extend the lead in the graduate transfer Damien Lee. The game was ugly, but the Louisville Cardinals played well enough near the end to pick up their 14th win of the season and their 3rd win in the ACC.

Louisville, coming off their loss to Clemson on Saturday, had something to prove. Especially since they haven’t picked up a marquee win the entire season. So, this match up with Pitt was a huge one for Louisville’s resume. Even though Louisville does not have any bad losses on the season, their cupcake schedule made this win very important for the Cardinals. If they would have lost this game it would have had people questioning if Louisville was actually worth what they were ranked. So Louisville, after struggling in the first half, showed America on national television that they are a team that can play with all top 25 teams in the country, and not only play with them, we can beat many of them as well. Louisville prevailed in this game because of the tough defense that Rick Pitino is known for and the dominant performance put on by possibly Louisville’s best player Chinanu Onuaku. He finished with his fourth straight double double, and has proven to the Louisville faithful that if he stays out of foul trouble—and thats a big if— he is potential a first team all ACC player, and is someone that can take Louisville far in March.

Even though Louisville won today, it doesn’t mean there were not worrisome things that happened. One of our top players—Trey Lewis—didn’t score, our freshmen are still making annoying freshmen mistakes, and all of our big men—with the exception of Onuaku—still cannot catch a ball to save their life. These are issues that Pitino is going to have to fix before the end of the season in order to compete for the ACC title and go far in the NCAA Tournament. Besides from these issues, all in all it was a good win for the Louisville Cardinals. They finally have a top 25 win on their resume, and picked up some momentum going into the next game. So good win today, and as always GO CARDS!


 

Next Up

Louisville: Florida State on Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00pm at the  KFC Yum Center

Pittsburgh: Boston College on Saturday, January 16th at 2:00pm at the Peterson Events Center

 

Bryan Cockroft

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