With 7:59 left in the half Louisville trails 28-49. Trey Lewis and Damion Lee are a combined 1-10 shooting from the field. Virginia has answered all of Louisville’s attempts to cut into the lead and is shooting at 54 percent compared to Louisville’s 29 percent.
Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku picks up his third foul just a few minutes into the second half. At the 15:40 mark Matz Stockman gets ready to check in for his first bit of action on the day. Louisville trails 18-36 and can’t seem to get any good looks at the basket. The Virginia lead slowly but surely grows.
Halftime, Louisville trails 14-29. After combining for 51 points against Virginia Tech, Louisville’s fifth year senior tandem of Trey Lewis and Damion Lee combined for zero points in the first half. Louisville is 4-19 from the field shooting at 21 percent compared to Virginia, 13-23 from the field shooting at 57 percent. Louisville has 13 turnovers compared to Virginia’s 8. Louisville is winning the rebounding battle, 13-12, but only has four points in the paint to show for it compared to Virginia’s 14 points in the paint. Quentin Snider leads Louisville with 7 points.
At the 3:48 mark Louisville is trailing 12-23. There hasn’t been a steady flow to the game for either side. Questionable calls and shots rimming out are riddled throughout the first half. The white out crowd is getting antsy for Louisville to get some offensive rhythm.
Deng Adel knocks down Louisville’s first field goal in over six minutes. A much needed shot for the Louisville cause, but the Cards turned it over on their next trip down the court. Trailing 8-19 Louisville has 8 total turnovers and is shooting at 25 percent. 7:39 mark of the first half, Louisville is taking their first free throw attempts.
Virginia is 5-9 from the field shooting at 56 percent. Louisville is 2-7 from the field shooting at 29 percent. Virginia is slowly adding to their lead as U of L trails 5-13 at the 11:51 mark.
With two defensive oriented programs it isn’t shocking to see an early defensive battle taking place. Louisville is struggling to get a good look at the basket with four total turnovers in the first five minutes. Sophomore guard Quentin Snider has all five of Louisville’s points as U of L trails 5-9 at the 14:25 mark.
The 16th ranked Louisville Cardinals host the 11th ranked Virginia Cavaliers.