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Louisville Has “Off-Day” at the Wrong Time in Loss to Georgetown

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Heading into Saturday, the Louisville Cardinals were facing the daunting task of winning on the road at Georgetown in order to prevent a third consecutive loss.

Well, the Cardinals were unable to secure a victory, dropping yet another contest after once beginning the season at 16-1 overall. The three consecutive losses have now dipped Louisville’s conference record to 4-3, throwing them directly into the thick of things amongst the competition.

The story of the game however, was the overall struggles of the Cardinals’ offense. Georgetown won the game by a final score of 53-51 and the point total for Louisville ended up being a whopping 24 points below their season average. On the road, a statistic like that usually spells a loss, although the game was ultimately decided by only two points. The credit goes to Georgetown and their defense, with that being said.

Russ Smith finished with 12 points in the contest, but was quiet for the most part, especially given his scoring numbers as a whole this season. The key however, was the poor play and foul trouble of Peyton Siva. The senior guard was held scoreless on just two shot attempts in Saturday’s loss. It’s baffling to look at his numbers in a game that Louisville lost by only two, but that is just how things turned out for the Cardinals.

After falling to Syracuse at home last weekend, the Cardinals fell on the road at Villanova earlier this week. So, with three consecutive losses now shadowing the Cardinals’ recent stretch, the time to right the ship is now, especially considering that Louisville will only get only one day of rest before going back at it on Monday.

Tip-off between Louisville and Pittsburgh is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).

 

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