--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville joined Michigan State, Kentucky, and Duke has teams to reach the #1 ranking this year. Their story, however, was different. Unlike their predecessors, the Cards won will sitting atop the rankings.
In a game that started slow and took time to gain momentum, #1 Louisville defeated #4 Michigan 58-43.
Jordan Nwora led Louisville with a double-double, posting 22 points and 12 rebounds. Steven Enoch also finished with a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dwayne Sutton was a force on the glass, bringing in 11 rebounds.
The Cards didn't shoot great from the field, just 36.7% overall and 21.1% from three-point range, and struggled from the free throw line at 55.6%. They did limit turnovers to just eight.
Michigan, a team that prides itself on being an excellent three-point shooting team, shot 3-19 (15.8%) from deep. Jon Teske was the only Wolverine in double-figures with 18 points.
Louisville led 28-18 at halftime for a quiet half. Although the second half didn't see a lot more scoring the Cards did outscore the Wolverines 30-25.
Michigan was held below 50 points for the first time in three years.
Louisville sits atop the polls for the first time since 2013, when they defeated Michigan 82-76.
Louisville improves to 8-0 and begins ACC play when Pittsburgh visits on Friday night at 9:00 p.m.
--by Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville basketball is back. Well, the women never went away, but the men have returned to the glory days.
Following a victory on Friday night and a couple losses from other Top 5 opponents, men's basketball climbed to #1 in the AP Poll. Their next foe, Michigan, was unranked last week but defeated multiple Top 10 teams in Atlantis to leap all the way to #4.
The women, who started the season #8, won three games in three days, including an upset victory over then-#1 Oregon, have leapfrogged a few teams to reach #2 in the AP Poll. The Cards will travel to Ohio State next.