The Louisville Cardinals started the new year off the right way with a 77-51 win over visiting Pittsburgh.
The first media timeout was the only real time this game was in question, after that point the Cards took control and never looked back. Louisville led by double digits the entire second half.
Louisville was led by 19 points and 4 assists from Quentin Snider. Deng Adel had an efficient day with 12 points (5-8 FG) and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton continues to bring energy off the bench and did so by grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds tonight. Ryan McMahon also added a spark off the bench with 10 points in a perfect 4-4 shooting tonight.
All things considered, Louisville did what they needed to tonight and won impressively. I’ll say the same thing I said all week leading up to this game, the people saying Louisville is heading to the NIT are crazy. Louisville had one bad game against rival Kentucky and it was wildly blown out of proportion. Louisville will be fine and showed that tonight. No, Pittsburgh is not a very good team, but they’re also a classic NIT team and Louisville made them look like one tonight.
Up next: Louisville starts their 2-game road trip with a game at No. 25 Clemson on Saturday at 12pm.