Virginia defeats Louisville as the Cards lose by their largest margin of the year. Lee and Lewis played their worst games of the seaosn and UVA played fantastic on both sides of the court. The bright side for UofL is that Deng Adel looks like he's ready to play major minutes. Recap will follow the game.
2nd (2) - Another easy layup by UVA then Adel makes a shot.
2nd (3) - Snider makes both free throws.
2nd (4) - Brogdon with another shot.
2nd (4) - Lewis with a three!
2nd (4) - Gill with the layup.
2nd (6) - Spalding makes both.
2nd (6) - Shayok make a layup.
2nd (7) - Spalding with the dunk.
2nd (7) - He makes one free throw.
2nd (7) - Timeout is called while Lee is called for a foul after a monster block.
2nd (8) - UVA answers again......
2nd (9) - Spalding with the layup.
2nd (9) - Lee with the layup.
2nd (10) - And UVA answers with a three.
2nd (10) - Three by Adel!
2nd (11) - Gill makes one free throw.
2nd (11) - Tobey with the slam.
2nd (11) - He makes a single free throw.
2nd (11) - Lewis is fouled and headed to the line. Virginia is still dominating.
2nd (12) - Lee still has zero points this is hidious.
2nd (13) - Spalding with the putback.
2nd (14) - Perrantes makes both free throws.
2nd (14) - Perrantes with a clutch three point basket.
2nd (15) - Timeout called, still all Virginia. Louisville is playing fine defense but their offense is a no show.
2nd (16) - Another layup by UVA.
2nd (16) - Putback dunk by UVA.
2nd (17) - Spalding with the easy layup.
2nd (17) - Illegal screen by Nanu now his 3rd foul.
2nd (19) - Three pointer by Brogdon.
2nd (19) - Mitchell starts off the half with a tear drop.
Halftime- Virginia leads Louisville 29-14, in a tremendous defensive effort. There have been so many calls that haven't gone Louisville's way, Brogdon leads UVA with 8 points and Snider has 7 points. Lee and Lewis combine for ZERO POINTS.
1st (1) - Brogdon is killing Louisville.
1st (1) - Snider makes both free throws.
1st (2) - Brodgon with an easy one handed shot.
1st (3) - Brogdon put him on skates and scored the jumper.
1st (3) - Timeout on the floor, I guess basket interference was called? You can't hear a thing over this crowd.
1st (4) - Spalding with the layup.
1st (5) - HUGE MISSED TRAVEL. Gill makes the layup.
1st (5) - Mahmoud makes one free throw.
1st (5) - Wide open jumper is made by UVA, they are hitting everything thus far.
1st (7) - Nanu already has his 2nd foul, big blow for the Cards.
1st (7) - Nanu makes one.
1st (7) - Brogdon scores on the other end again. Timeout on the floor.
1st (8) - Adel makes a three for the Cards, FINALLY a basket.
1st (8) - Goaltending Louisville.
1st (8) - Timeout Louisville, this is getting ugly FAST. They can't buy a bucket at all, there have been awful calls not being called so far. This is getting bad for the Cards.
1st (9) - Jumpshot by UVA, now its a double digit lead.
1st (9) - UofL is still stuck at 5, this is awful offense.
1st (11) - The refs here are doing a not so good job and the crowd is letting them know. Some pretty easy calls haven't been made. Louisville is missing shots, timeout on the floor after a travel on UVA.
1st (12) - Perrantes makes a long range shot. It's getting ugly early.
1st (13) - Foul on Johnson, UVA makes one.
1st (14) - Timeout on the floor, UVA looks aggressive early and is hitting their shots. UofL has to get going quick.
1st (15) - Wilkins with a dunk to answer.
1st (15) - Snider takes it the length of the court for a layup.
1st (17) - Hall with a bomb to answer.
1st (17) - Snider hits a long range bomb for the Cards first basket.
1st (18) - Gill with a monster slam.
1st (18) - Nanu already checks in for UofL.
1st (19) - Gill scores the first basket for UVA.
1st (20) - UVA wins the tip, here we go!
The crowd is electric here, 2 minutes until tip.
Pitino is wearing his all white suit!!!!!
It's a white-out here and all you can get is goosebumps seeing all these fans in white. This is why college basketball is the greatest sport.
UofL center Onuaku is not starting today because of recent illness but he should still play.
It's almost time here from the Yum! Center!!!!!!!
Follow this play-by-play of Saturday’s game against two of the best teams in the country. The tip-off is at 1:00 P.M EST in Louisville, KY.
Prediction – Both teams are playing solid basketball as of late but Louisville just seems to be hitting all the right buttons. UVA should’ve lost at Wake Forest but they pulled a miracle out of nowhere. Louisville is coming back after two solid away victories (Georgia Tech & Virginia Tech) and Virginia is an awful road team. Onuaku and Lewis will pace this team to a great victory on Saturday afternoon with a final score of Louisville 67 Virginia 60.
Domination at Center (Chinanu Onuaku - Jack Salt) – Onuaku averages 10.6 PPG, 9 RPG, and 2 BLK as a sophomore. He has come on to be one of the best players on Louisville and a beast on the block. His post-game has improved tremendously and looks like the best center in the ACC. If he can stay out of foul trouble, Louisville should be in good positon. Salt averages 2.2 PPG, 1.5 RPG, and 0.3 BLK as a freshman. This was a surprise start last game but Tobey should get the most minutes here at center. Salt is a solid defender but isn’t asked to do much at all. Onuaku should feel comfortable with this matchup if it happens. Advantage – Chinanu Onuaku
Brutal forwards (Jaylen Johnson “if healthy” - Anthony Gill) – Johnson averages 5.8 PPG, 4 RPG, and 0.6 AST as a sophomore. He isn’t asked to do much but he can be a monster on the boards when need be. He has a post-game and is really out there for a big body to attack the boards. Gill averages 15 PPG, 6 RPG, and 0.7 AST as a senior. He is a major match-up issue in this game for Louisville as he needs so much attention. He is very aggressive on offense and can body up with the best of them. This is arguably the easiest choice to make as Johnson will need help on Gill all afternoon. Advantage – Anthony Gill
Stellar guards facing off (Damion Lee - Malcolm Brogdon) – Lee averages 17.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG and 1.9 AST as another fifth year senior. He is the best player on the Cardinals and can light it up with the best of them. Lee was able to score 29 points last game while only shooting eight field goals, that’s a bit unheard of for a player to do that. If Louisville is going to win, he has to be on his game. Brogdon averages 17.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2.9 AST as a senior. He is one of the best players in the country who can also light up the scoreboard, he had 28 points last game against Wake Forest. He is arguably the best two-way player in the country and was an All-American last season. He is the heart and soul of this UVA team and if he plays well, they are hard to beat. Lee will have a tough time scoring over Brogdon and will have to fight for every point. Advantage – Malcolm Brogdon
Silent shooting guard matchup (Quentin Snider - Devon Hail) – Snider averages 9.8 PPG, 3.7 AST, and 2.3 RPG as a sophomore from Louisville. He has made huge strides in his game since last season and has really come on lately. Usually if Lee or Lewis isn’t having the greatest game he can be leaned on for offense. He rarely turns the ball over but has to continue being aggressive with his shot. Snider can really shoot the ball but sometimes he looks afraid to do so. Hail averages 4.4 PPG, 2.4 RPG, and 1.7 AST as a sophomore. He isn’t asked to do much for the Cavs but he is a solid defender that can hold his own. It should be interesting to see if he can keep Snider or Donovan Mitchell in check but he won’t look lost on the floor. Snider seems the obvious choice for this matchup but don’t be surprised if Hail silently has a solid game. Advantage – Quentin Snider
Battle of the point guards (Trey Lewis - London Perrantes) – Lewis averages 12.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, and 2.6 AST as a fifth year senior. Last game he lit up the scoreboard for 22 points but the most impressive stat was he only committed a single turnover. He seems to have found his shot and it couldn’t of came at a more perfect time. Perrantes averages 11.7 PPG, 4.4 AST, and 3.2 RPG while shooting an outstanding 52% from beyond the arc. He is a great defender who can shoot and take care of the ball. He’s everything you want in a starting point guard but he isn’t as aggressive shooting the ball as he needs to be. He will take care of the ball against Lewis but can’t keep up with the UofL guard when he’s aggressive on offense. Advantage – Trey Lewis
The Virginia Cavaliers travel to Louisville, KY to take on the Louisville Cardinals at the gorgeous KFC Yum! Center Saturday afternoon at 1:00 P.M EST. Louisville has a record of (17-3) and Virginia is (16-4) both of them are coming off wins, Louisville won at Virginia Tech last with a score of 91-83 and the Cavs won against Wake Forest with a score of 72-71. This will be a battle against the 11th and 16th ranked teams in the country, two of the best defensive teams in the nation, and ACC powerhouses. Last year was a slugfest and this year looks no different. Here’s how each team stands up and who wins each matchup.