NCAAB Game Recap - Western Kentucky at Louisville
Fri Nov 29, 2019 5:00 PM EST

Winth
70
Duke
83
F
W Ky
54
Lou
71
F
MD
80
Harv
73
F
UNC
78
Oreg
74
F
Mich
82
Gonz
64
F
UAB
58
KY
69
F
Morg
57
OhSt
90
F
TxTch
76
Crei
83
F(OT)
IaSt
76
Seton
84
F
Penn
82
Ariz
92
F
UtSt
73
StMar
81
F
FlaSt
60
Tenn
57
F
VACom
56
Purd
59
F
Marsh
67
Fla
73
F
JacSt
71
ChiSt
62
F
Eurek
60
NOrl
125
F
CAPoly
69
LIU
82
F
LongB
75
Wake
88
F
(N/A)
40
S UT
126
F
UMass
57
Rut
82
F
KTChr
42
Lib
88
F
Temp
65
TexAM
42
F
AlSt
56
Chat
74
F
(N/A)
57
IlSt
76
F
DeP
73
Minn
68
F
USC
79
Marq
101
F
Campbl
74
GaSo
84
F
TNSt
81
NFla
73
F
Prov
55
Charl
63
F
SIU-E
51
UCRiv
69
F
SEMO
75
SCla
87
F
PSU
85
Syr
64
F
N DA
78
FlGlf
63
F
HolyC
69
FlAtl
87
F
MD-ES
56
Del
75
F
(N/A)
47
Akr
64
F
Fairf
56
David
67
F
Denv
65
CS-Ful
62
F
Iowa
73
SDSU
83
F
AbCh
51
SMU
70
F
MOSt
58
LSU
73
F
UCF
78
Pepp
65
F
UCDav
73
Utah
77
F
Copp
62
Mont
69
F
UNCW
59
Bois
80
F
Alab
83
SoMis
68
F
Miss
37
OkSt
78
F
Gram
58
UCSB
67
F
Hamp
57
CSBak
70
F
Longw
51
Pacif
69
F
USF
75
HI
85
F

Nov 29, 2019, 5:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Western Kentucky (6-2)

23

31

54

(2) Louisville (7-0)

37

34

71

No. 2 Louisville breezes past Western Kentucky 71-54
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:11 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Louisville downplayed the possibility it could earn its first No. 1 ranking in six years next week.

The second-ranked Cardinals already had made a convincing argument on the floor.

Jordan Nwora scored 25 points as Louisville defeated Western Kentucky 71-54 on Friday to remain unbeaten. There will be a new No. 1 team when The Associated Press Top 25 comes out on Monday because top-ranked Duke fell at home to Stephen F. Austin 85-83 in overtime on Tuesday.

"My job is for me to get them to understand that we haven't arrived," Louisville coach Chris Mack said. "There's no team that's arrived. No team's arrived. A lot of people are saying that we haven't played anybody. A lot of people are saying we're not there. Maybe we aren't deserving. I don't care. The only thing I care about is improving from our game today against Western Kentucky."

The Cardinals last topped the AP poll on Jan. 14, 2013. They went on to win the national championship that year, though their title was later vacated as part of NCAA sanctions.

Dwayne Sutton added 15 points as Louisville (7-0) never trailed while holding Western Kentucky (6-2) to its lowest point total and shooting percentage (37%) of the season.

"It's very obvious why they'll be the No. 1 team in the country come Monday," Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said. "They don't have a lot of holes."

Taveion Hollingsworth scored 16 points for Western Kentucky (6-2), which also got 14 points and nine rebounds from Charles Bassey.

Western Kentucky shot just 1 of 17 from 3-point range. The Hilltoppers had been making 41.1% of their attempts from beyond the arc before Friday.

Louisville scored the game's first nine points and led by as many as 19 points before taking a 37-23 advantage into halftime.

"I think our focus from the jump - our first 4 minutes set the tone," Sutton said. "I think we did a good job defensively. We knew they had five guys who could score and fill it up, and I think we did a good job for the most part of guarding their best players."

Western Kentucky cut the margin to 51-42 when Bassey hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 9:35 remaining. Louisville responded by scoring seven straight points - capping the run with a 3-pointer by Nwora - as part of a 13-2 spurt that put the game away.

"We just wanted to stay poised," Sutton said. "When a team makes runs, we just want to continue to be ourselves and play our game. I think that starts on the defensive end. We got some nice stops there that kind of ended their run in the second half."

BIG PICTURE

Louisville: Whether or not the Cardinals earn the No. 1 ranking, they're about to find out just how good they are as they prepare to host Michigan in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Michigan is currently unranked but could move near the top of the poll Monday after beating Iowa State, No. 6 North Carolina and No. 8 Gonzaga this week to win the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

"I know they just went in and destroyed the field at the Atlantis, which goes without saying is a tough field," Mack said. "They've got a point guard that we tried to recruit for two years at Xavier in Zavier (Simpson), and he's one of the best point guards in the country. They've got great size at the rim. It's going to be a huge challenge."

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers lacked the efficiency on offense they had shown for much of the season. Western Kentucky was held 30 points below its scoring average and scored 15 points fewer than its previous season low. They had been shooting 52.8% as a team before Friday.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Louisville waits to see if it's No. 1 on Monday. Not only did No. 1 Duke lose this week, No. 3 Michigan State fell to Virginia Tech.

KEY STAT

Western Kentucky's Camron Justice and Carson Williams combined for eight points and shot 3 of 9. They had been averaging a combined 27.6 points.

UP NEXT

Louisville hosts Michigan on Tuesday.

Western Kentucky visits Wright State on Tuesday.

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Leaders

Western Kentucky PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Horton 0 0 0 1 0 0
T. Hollingsworth 16 0 0 4 2 0
Louisville PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Igiehon 0 0 0 1 0 0
D. Johnson 0 0 1 1 0 0

Team Comparison

W Ky Lou
Points For 54 71
Field Goals 20/54-37% 23/52-44%
Three Pointers 1/17-6% 7/22-32%
Free Throws 13/14-93% 18/20-90%
Offensive Rebounds 8 12
Defensive Rebounds 17 27
Rebounds 27 41
Blocks 5 1
Steals 5 6
Turnovers 11 14
Personal Fouls 15 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Lou Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Fri Nov 29 W Ky 54 @ Lou 71 C. Williams 2 J. Nickelberry 2

Game Information

Stadium: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 12,863
Game Time: