A late night matchup with the UMKC Roos resulted in the Cards cruising past UMKC 75-47. The first of back to back games for the Cards in the Billy Minardi Classic.
Trey Lewis lead the way for the Cards posting 17 points and Damion Lee contributed 14 of his own. UMKC had an outstanding effort early, but the talent of the Cardinals was too much for the unproven Kangaroos, resulting Louisville going on a 9-0 run before halftime, and the talent of the depth chart begging to be an factor as the Cards coasted through the latter part of the second half. Chinanu Onuaku played a fantastic game, finishing with 10 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Onuaku, who has struggled with foul trouble, kept his nose out of trouble and played most of the game for the Cards. His minutes, as well as increased playing time for Jaylen Johnson, Ray Splading, and Matz Stockman will be key for the Cardinals over the next 2 months with the absence for senior forward Mangok Mathiang, who suffered an ankle injury last Saturday vs WKU.
UMKC was led by former WAC player of the year Martez Harrison, who finished with 12 points, 6 of those off of a couple of deep three pointers. UMKC committed 12 turnovers in the first half, most which led to points for Louisville on the other end. With the loss, the Roos fall to 7-5 on the season.
Louisville is playing back to back days, hosting Utah Valley Wednesday night. Konner Fray is the leading scorer for the Wolverines, averaging 16.1 PPG as well as 7.6 RPG. Marcel Davis is another notable performer for Utah Valley, who averages 12.5 PPG and senior guard Jaden Jackson averages 12.3 of his own. Utah Valley suffered a loss to UNC Wilmington is their opening game of the Billy Minardi Classic.
The Cards and Wolverines will tipoff at 7 PM at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised on ESPN U and on the Watch ESPN App.