It may not have been pretty, the Cards may not have covered the spread, but the Louisville Cardinals bounced back from Monday’s loss and defeated the Miami Hurricanes 71-66.
With just over 10 minutes to play in the first half, Louisville found themselves in a 14-point hole. They’d go on to cut that lead in half by halftime, ending the first segment of play down 33-26. The Cardinals trailed most of the second half until a 13-0 run pushed them ahead of the Canes 61-53 with 3:59 to play. The Canes answered with an 8-0 run of their own to tie the score 61-61 with 1:56 left but a couple free throws and a big time 3 by the Louisville native Quentin Snider gave the Cards a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Donovan Mitchell and Deng Adel led the way with 18 points each. Quentin Snider added 13 points and 4 assists in his return. Jaylen Johnson and Mangok Mathiang anchored things in the front-court with 10 points and 8 rebounds and 7 points and 8 rebounds, respectively.
All things considered, the Cards won a tough game against a quality ACC opponent, after trailing by 14, nonetheless. Louisville’s ACC record improved to 8-4 keeping them currently in the top-4 byes for the conference tournament and still with a chance at a regular season title. A lot of positives came from today, margin of victory is irrelevant when all things are considered after today’s win.
Up next, the Cards travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in the Carrier Dome on Monday at 7pm on ESPN.