The Louisville Men’s Basketball team returned to the KFC Yum! Center Saturday afternoon for a rematch with the Florida State Seminoles. The Cards beat Florida State in the first matchup and the Seminoles were looking for revenge in Louisville. FSU got their revenge with an 80-76 win over the Cards.
Louisville shot 42% from the floor, but allowed FSU to shoot 45% (52% in the second half). The Seminoles dominated the glass, besting Louisville by 9 in that category. FSU also had 10 more points in the paint than Louisville, no doubt due to the second chances given by their 10 offensive rebounds. Louisville offense was not a problem as they assisted on just under half of their made baskets and shot 42% from three. Coach Padgett’s press conference after the game lasted about a minute and a half, but he did call out his defense, saying that they can’t give up 80 points at home.
The Cards were led in scoring by Deng Adel (19 pts.) and Quentin Snider (15 pts.). Ray Spalding chipped in 13 points, along with 9 rebounds before being sidelined with a multitude of injuries including a tweaked ankle, cramping calf muscle and a hip ailment. The Cards did not give up when they were down 7 with 41 seconds left and they had a shot to tie the game with a VJ King layup that was blocked by Terance Mann.
The Cards return to the KFC Yum! Center on Monday at 7:00 PM when they host the Syracuse Orange. Go Cards!