Louisville struggled throughout, but used a late run to pull away from Miami (OH) as the Cards went on to win 70-46 on Wednesday night at the KFC Yum! Center.
— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) December 19, 2019
Jordan Nwora led Louisville with 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 assist. Dwayne Sutton added 8 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks. Malik Williams scored 9 points with 11 rebounds off the bench. Ryan McMahon was the only other double figure scorer at 11 on 3-7 from three.
Mekhi Lairy had 10 points and 2 rebounds for Miami. Dalonte Brown added 8 points and 7 rebounds for the Redhawks. Miami shot 27 percent from the field and only 6-33 from deep.
Louisville held an 8-10 point lead throughout most of the first half. The Cards went into the break up 28-20.
Louisville got cold real quickly in the second half and Miami cut it to 44-40 about halfway through the second period. From there, the Cards scored 17 straight points and closed the game on a 26-6 run.
We talked about Miami’s defensive struggles pregame. Louisville’s offensive problems had more to do with its inability to hit shots more than anything. The game was slowed down and they could not get much going in the half court. In the final 10 minutes things picked up and Louisville pulled away.
This is not a very good Miami team. Against a better squad, Louisville will have to start off much stronger than it did on Wednesday night. They were fine on the defensive end, but the team really struggled to score and relied heavily on Jordan Nwora.
There’s 10 days between now and the big game on December 28th. Neither Louisville nor Kentucky have looked all that impressive in the past couple weeks, but it should be a top 10 matchup regardless. UK has a big weekend ahead of them, so we’ll hopefully know a little more about that team within a few days.
With a nice break to prepare, you just have to trust that Coach Mack knows his team and will use this time to address some problems on the offensive end. There’s no need to panic, but Louisville will have to elevate its game in Lexington if it wants to come out with its first win there in 12 years. With the cupcake portion of the schedule essentially over, now it’s time to focus as we enter the business end of the season. We’ll have more on the big one against Kentucky as it gets closer to game day.
Up Next: Louisville travels over to Lexington on December 28th for a rivalry matchup at 3:45 p.m. on CBS.
For thoughts on tonight’s game, check out video from postgame pressers featuring Coach Chris Mack, Darius Perry, and Dwayne Sutton below.