Louisville males’s basketball at all times knew this was going to be a rebuilding 12 months. After firing head coach Chris Mack halfway by means of final season, the Playing cards settled on hiring former Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne and turned over a lot of the roster. Expectations have been tempered going into Payne’s debut season: Louisville was picked to complete No. 12 within the 15-team ACC in the course of the preseason polls. Shut observers have been principally excited by what Payne may do in his first full 12 months on the recruiting path.
Louisville’s season started with an unthinkable loss to crosstown rival Bellarmine, an Atlantic Solar program nonetheless making its transition to DI. Then Louisville misplaced to Wright State from the Horizon League. Then Louisville misplaced to Appalachian St. of the Solar Belt. One may have assumed issues have been about to get extraordinarily ugly because the Playing cards flew out to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational towards a loaded subject, and that assumption has confirmed to be right.
On Monday, Louisville misplaced to No. 9 Arkansas, 80-54, in a sport that didn’t really feel that shut. On Tuesday, it was No. 21 Texas Tech’s flip to blast the Playing cards, 70-38, in one of the humiliating losses you’ll ever see from a prime program. This was the worst offensive efficiency Louisville has had since 1948.
Louisville is now 0-5 after a 70-38 loss to Texas Tech on the Maui Invitational
38 are the fewest factors scored by a Louisville staff within the final 50 years (the earlier low was 42 towards Cincinnati in 1981) pic.twitter.com/CMxl96Sfmo
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By some means, Louisville went on an 11-0 run on this sport. Louisville made 11 fields targets on the afternoon and shot 22.4 p.c from the sphere. What a tough loss.
Louisville is now the primary ACC staff to start out 0-5 since Virginia in 1960-61, based on ESPN’s Stats and Data. By the way in which, that ‘60-61 Virginia staff began 0-8. Given the Playing cards’ upcoming schedule, they must pull off an upset to keep away from breaking it.
The stats contextualizing Louisville’s begin are simply as dangerous because the outcomes. Simply have a look at these assist-to-turnover numbers:
The recruiting entrance hasn’t been going nice, both.
Payne is now 0-for-2 on five-star prospects he was going after. Earlier this week, the highest unsigned participant in America, A.J. Johnson, picked Texas over Louisville. Johnson is a 6’5 combo guard rated because the No. 15 total recruit within the nation, per 247 Sports activities. It might have been a large win to get him, however Louisville got here up simply quick.
The extra painful (no pun supposed) recruiting miss was D.J. Wagner. Wagner — the No. 1 total participant within the class, per 247 Sports activities — picked archrival Kentucky over Louisville for his dedication. Louisville even employed his grandfather former NBA participant Milt Wagner to a place on employees in an try and get him. After all, Wagner’s father is Dajuan Wagner, John Calipari’s first one-and-done star at Memphis, so there have been household connections on either side.
To be truthful to Payne, he has landed a pair of top-100 recruits in subsequent 12 months’s class. It simply looks as if this program has a lot extra work to do from there.
Louisville’s upcoming schedule is basically tough, and there are not any simple video games as soon as ACC play begins. Is that this set to be one of many worst school hoops season we’ve ever seen from an influence program? It positive seems to be prefer it.
Hey, at the least Louisville’s has a top-10 girls’s basketball staff. Let’s see how they’re doing this week:
Oh no. Subsequent 12 months can’t come quickly sufficient for Louisville hoops followers.