The Louisville Cardinals notched the 15th win on the season with the victory over the Houston Cougars as the team continues to be impressive against lower level competition. However, the Cardinals are still in search of their first notable victory on the season. This season, Louisville has defeated every unranked team by at least seven points, but the Cardinals have yet to record a win against a top-25 opponent.
The Cardinals are 0-3 against teams ranked in the top-25 this season, which are all the team’s losses. Are the Cardinals serious contenders for another championship, or are these losses a foreshadowing of things to come in the NCAA tournament?
Louisville throttled the Cougars on Thursday by a score of 91-52 in a game where Wayne Blackshear led the way. Blackshear scored a career-high 23 points and had seven rebounds in the contest, which led the team in both categories. Russ Smith added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in a game in which the Cardinals dominated on both the offensive and defensive end of the court.
The Cardinals know what it is like to win big games, but have not proven themselves this season. Louisville’s ability to beat quality opponents will determine how they finish the season, but if the team does not perform well on the big stage, the team could be sent home early. Louisville has the talent and coaching to make a deep run in the tournament once again, but can the Cardinals overcome their recent struggles against top-level teams?
Louisville will inevitably be one of the higher seeds come tourney time, but the team needs to find itself before March rolls around. Smith will look to move the team in the right direction as the Cardinals continue to face tough opponents in conference play.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.