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Shook leads No. 8 Louisville women past top-ranked Oregon
Louisville coach Jeff Walz wasn’t about to overstate the significance of beating the country’s top-ranked team during a late November tournament in the Caribbean. © AP Louisville forward Kylee Shook (21) in action during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) The eighth-ranked Cardinals handed No. 1 Oregon its first loss of the season, getting 18 points and 15 rebounds from Kylee Shook in a 72-62 victory Saturday in the Paradise Jam tournament. “It’s just a great win ...
Tuesday night, Juwan Howard andwill enter a hostile road environment for the first time this season.
Just four days after winning the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on neutral ground in the Bahamas, (7:30 p.m., ESPN).will face No. 1 Louisville on the road at the KFC Yum! Center
The top-5 matchup is one the biggest matchups as part of the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge, featuring a talented, veteran team in Louisville — and a pretty similar team in Michigan, although few anticipated just how good the Wolverines would be after losing their top three scorers and the program's winningest coach.
No. 1 and not done: Louisville beats No. 5 Michigan in first game at top of polls
Jordan Nwora, Steven Enoch and other Cardinals stepped up as No. 1 Louisville aced its first test as the nation's top team, beating No. 5 Michigan.Louisville aced its first test as the nation's No. 1 team, as the Cardinals took control early and held on in the second half to top No. 5 Michigan 58-43 in front of a packed house at the Yum Center.
Howard and his players have made this a seamless transition, though. And Tuesday's big game provides an opportunity to notch yet another signature win, after last week's top-10 wins over North Carolina and Gonzaga.
"We’re going to a lions den, I would say," Howard said Monday afternoon. "They play extremely well at home. This is going to be our first time being road-tested in non-conference play. I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I know our players are too."
Hold on tight: UK season will be a roller-coaster ride, Vitale says
Four No. 1-ranked teams in the first month of the season should send a message, longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale said Wednesday. The message: No team will dominate; all teams will experience adversity. "There's no doubt in my mind you're going to have a rocky road in terms of up-and-down roller coaster," Vitale said on a teleconference. "There are a lot of good teams. But there are no dominant teams.” Vitale, who worked his first college basketball game for ESPN 40 years ago Thursday, said that label of good, if not great fits Kentucky.“This Kentucky team is going to be a good team,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.
Here are three things to watch:
Slowing down Nwora
Louisville's Jordan Nwora has had an outstanding season and currently leads KenPom.com's player of the year standings. The 6-7, 225-pound forward averages a team-high 21.9 points and is shooting 50.8% on 2-pointers and 50% on 3-pointers. Nwora could've entered the NBA draft, but chose to stay and has been one of the nation's top scorers. He is essentially Louisville's entire offense: when he's on the floor, Nwora uses 31.9% of his team's possessions and takes 36.5% of the shots. And though his usage has increased, Nwora has actually increased his efficiency, with a career-best 119.5 offensive rating according to KenPom.com.
Louisville is new No. 1, unranked Michigan goes to No. 4
Louisville is the latest No. 1 following an unexpected loss by Duke. Michigan has matched a record by debuting at No. 4. A season of parity is taking a toll in the AP Top 25.
Nwora will likely draw Isaiah Livers, and it'll be a huge test for Michigan's junior forward. If the Wolverines can slow down Nwora, it'll force other Cardinals to step up on offense. That seems like it'd be a win for Michigan, considering how efficient Nwora has been thus far.
Who will take (and make) more 3s?
Both Michigan and Louisville are among the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation, averaging 42.4% and 40.8%, respectively (No. 9 and No. 14 nationally). The Cardinals are buoyed by three players who shoot 50% or better: Nwora (20-of-40), Ryan McMahon (21-of-39) and Dwayne Sutton (8-of-15). Michigan has two shooters topping 50% — Isaiah Livers (21-of-41) and Eli Brooks (16-of-32) — but David DeJulius (11-of-23) and Zavier Simpson (4-of-9) aren't far off. Franz Wagner, who returned from injury against Iowa State this past week, carries a reputation for being a top shooter, as well.
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The two defenses, though, differ on defending the 3-point line. Michigan is allowing opponents to shoot 3-pointers on just 25.3% of all shots, good for seventh-lowest in the nation. This is by design, as the Wolverines look to limit opposing 3s and force teams into taking inefficient midrange shots. Louisville, meanwhile, has seen its opponents take 41.5% their shots from beyond the arc — a sizable proportion. That means that Michigan should be able to shoot a lot from deep while limiting Louisville's 3-point attempts. That would bebode well for the Wolverines' chances of winning.
One key element has stopped Michigan's offense from becoming elite: turnovers. The Wolverines typically took care of the ball under former coach John Beilein, but have struggled this season with a turnover percentage of 19.4% — that's basically one turnover every five possessions.
Of course, the Wolverines have run their offense at a fast pace — with more possessions and more shots — and are shooting the ball at an elite level. (Their effective field-goal percentage of 61.4% ranks No. 2 nationally.) That has somewhat counteracted the effect of all the turnovers. Still, it's never good to give away possessions — especially in a tough environment. If the Wolverines' shooting drops off, they'll need to make up for it by turning the ball over less.
Louisville basketball stakes claim as NCAA's No. 1 team with win over Western Kentucky
Louisville basketball rolled over Western Kentucky on Friday in Nashville, paving the way for the Cardinals to take over as No. 1 in the polls.Louisville rode strong performances from Jordan Nwora and Dwayne Sutton on Friday to a 71-54 win over Western Kentucky in front of a split crowd in Nashville.
Louisville is one of the deepest and most experienced teams in the country, returning six of last year's seven top scorers. Coach Chris Mack has things humming in his second season and also brought in a top recruiting class that includes touted freshman Samuell Williamson, averaging 7.1 points off the bench. The Cardinals are good, and they're at home. Michigan is very good, too, with the most impressive resume in the nation thanks to last week's tournament. But Louisville's depth, combined with home-court advantage, could prove too much for the Wolverines. Louisville 75, Michigan 72
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Buckeyes tip No. 2 Louisville women in Big Ten/ACC Challenge .
Dorka Juhasz scored 15 points and Kierstan Bell added 14 as Ohio State knocked off No. 2 Louisville 67-60 in a Big Ten/ACC Challenge game on Thursday night. Ohio State took a 60-53 lead with 5 minutes left after Bell turned a steal into a layup and Juhasz scored from underneath. The Cardinals closed to within 62-57 at the 3-minute mark and were within five points with 17 seconds left, but couldn't score. A pair of foul shots by Madison Greene sealed it late for the Buckeyes.Dana Evans had 18 points for the Cardinals (8-1), who were plagued by poor shooting, especially down thee stretch when they had to chase the Buckeyes.
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