The Louisville men’s basketball team dropped its regular season finale on Saturday with a 68-58 loss to Virginia at home. Louisville finishes at 13-6 and 8-5. Virginia is now 17-6 and 13-4.
David Johnson led Louisville with 14 points and 2 rebounds. Samuel Williamson added 9 points and 10 rebounds. Jae’Lyn Withers had 12 points and 6 boards for the Cards.
For Virginia, Sam Hauser led all scorers with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Trey Murphy added 17 points and 6 rebounds. Jay Huff had 10 points and 6 boards.
As has been the case for the majority of the past 7 seasons, Louisville struggled tremendously on offense for the majority of the game. After getting it to 51-47 with 10:28 on the clock, Virginia quickly extended their lead to double digits and held on from there.
This Louisville team has had some struggles on offense in plenty of games this season, but it is something that is expected against Virginia at this point.
With the loss, Louisville loses its double-bye in next week’s ACC tournament. Considering the number of games that have been cancelled, it probably can’t hurt to get another game in before the NCAA tournament. As long as they can get past the first game, they will have an opportunity to add a good win to its resume as soon as the quarterfinals.
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A win on Saturday over Virginia would have been a significant one for Louisville’s resume, but the loss is not one that hurts them at all. All things considered, a 13-6 record is something to be proud of after what this team has gone through over the past few months. The Cards should be safely in the NCAA Tournament field and have an opportunity to make a big jump on the seed line next week with almost nothing to lose.
Louisville will play its first ACC tournament game on Wednesday at 6:30. They will face the winner of Boston College and Duke.