Throw Down game.
(Donovan Mitchell wins the Dunking Cardinal Look Alike award for his leaping, one-handed exclamation point that put the Cardinals up 86-63.)
And down the stretch they come.
In the last tilt before the final week of the regular season, U of L dispatched Jim Boeheim’s short and under-manned Syracuse Orange, 88-68.
When these teams battled in OT game in the Carrier Dome, the Cards were stalwart early on D, holding the Orange scoreless on their first five possessions. Sunday afternoon, the Cards — with a new starting five which included V.J. King, Anas Mahmoud and Ray Spalding — were moving their feet, communicating and similarly stingy.
They forced a shot clock violation on the visitors’ first possession and turnovers on two others. ‘Cuse’s only tallies were a couple FTs. They even had to call a timeout two and a half minutes in.
In that last OT victory — Syracuse’s only home league loss this season — U of L scored 4 in its first handful of opportunities. This second time around, Louisville didn’t waste any early opportunities.
Donovan Mitchell trey. Anas Mahmoud follow. Ray Spalding oop slam on a pass from Quentin Snider. Q then netted a deuce, followed by another Spalding score.
Crisp and effective at both ends, Louisville was as sharp as they’ve been all season.
Then they got wobbly, giving up the advantage and falling behind at 13-14. Syracuse held the lead for 2:10, when the Cards grabbed the game for good on a Q threeball for an 18-17 lead with 8:57 to go before intermission.
Aided by an 18-4 run, their lead steadily increased, and stood at 16 at the break, 41-25.
The Orange kept pushing and the Cards lost some focus in the second. But never led by less than 11 after the break.
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So, with only dangerous Wake Forest and nemesis Notre Dame to face between now and Brooklyn and Selection Sunday, what did we learn from Sunday’s fun win? Continue reading Louisville CardFile: Syracuse