The Cavs were up six at he half and traded baskets the rest of the way with 40% shooting and six more looks staying even with the Tigers 43.5% accuracy while a few more free throws and threes won it. Malcolm Brogdon paced the Cavs with 18 points with a 4-7 mark on threes with Evan Nolte tossing in 13 points. The Cavs have won three of four after knocking off Clemson 64-57 Tuesday as a four point road favorite. Cardinals big man Chinanu Onuaku fouled out with seven points and four rebounds in only 20 minutes of action.
On the season, Louisville averages 75.9 points, 38.5 rebounds and 13.6 assists per game.
The race to ACC supremacy starts now for the Virginia Cavaliers, with the conference tournament looming.
Cardinals forward Donovan Mitchell led Louisville with 11 points and was the only Cardinal to score in double figures. He made four of his first five shots and made his first five free-throw attempts.
The Virginia Cavaliers find themselves in a must-win scenario against the Louisville Cardinals today, while the latter is playing for pride against UVA at this point after a self-imposed ban from postseason play. The Hoos hold a 12-point lead at the half, 29 to 17.
Virginia and Louisville possess almost identical records and both have an outside shot at winning a share of the ACC regular-season crown, but while the Cavaliers fight for a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals know their season will end with their next game.
According tooddsmakers at BetDSI, Virginia is favored at home tonight, as the Cavaliers are getting odds of -5.5 points against Louisville.
Virginia outrebounded Louisville 21-16 in the half as center Mike Tobey pulled down 11 rebounds in the half. Brogdon had a relatively quiet first half, scoring only 4.
It was a wire-to-wire victory for Virginia, who could clinch a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with a strong showing in the conference tournament.