The #12 Louisville men's basketball team fell at #10 Florida State Saturday afternoon. The final score of 73-68 is much closer than the start of the game.
The Seminoles raced out to a 14-0 lead before Rick Pitino called a timeout. Nothing was going right for the offense or defense. The Cards got some life when Tony Hicks came in and they only trailed by six at halftime.
Hicks had his best game as a Cardinal. The graduate transfer had 16 points and three rebounds on 32 minutes played. During that time he only had two fouls. What's even more surprising is he had one turnover. For a guy who sees only a handful of minutes per game at best, his ball control skills were that of a regular starter.
The second half gave the Cards plenty of opportunities to tie or take the lead. Louisville could not capitalize. They shot 1-for-11 behind the arc in the second half and finished at 15.4% on the days. To make matters worse they shot 66.7% at the free throw line, although much of that damage was done in the first half.
Without Quentin Snider on the court- he missed his second straight game due to a hip injury- U of L lacked a commander on the court. Snider has remained calm in every situation he's faced while on the court and can ignite a flame for the Cards when needed. Mitchell switched to the one spot to try and cover while Hicks took the two spot.
Foul trouble hurt the Cardinals early and continued into the second half. It became so bad that Matz Stockman saw playing time. Even in one minute played the big man had two fouls. Jaylen Johnson fouled out. Donovan Mitchell, Anas Mahmoud, and David Levitch had four fouls each.
Levitch did have a good day. When U of L needed someone to step up in the first half he answered the call. The former walk-on, now a senior on scholarship, posted nine points, three rebounds, and three assists on 23 minutes played.
For Florida State, Dwayne Bacon and Jonathan Isaac had 16 points apiece. Isaac also recorded 10 rebounds. Terance Mann and Michael Ojo were both in the double-digits in points, as well.
Louisville falls to 16-4 and 4-3 in ACC play. Florida State is in a tie for first in the conference at 6-1 and 18-2 overall.
The Cards visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday before returning home to face the NC State Wolfpack.