Losing two games in a row in Big East play can happen to any team, but to lose three in a row is not an option for the Louisville Cardinals if they want to continue to be thought of one of the best teams in the country.
The Cardinals will go on the road Saturday to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The Hoyas are the one of the only teams that has a winning record against Rick Pitino, winning 9 of the 13 game all-time against the future Hall of Fame coach. Georgetown beat Louisville last year in the Yum! Center, 71-68.
Louisville comes into the game after losing to Villanova, 73-64. Leading scorer Russ Smith had a rough night on both sides of the court and the free throw shooting late in the game knocked the Cardinals out of a chance to keep their lead.
“We did a lot of things wrong tonight, and they did a lot of things right,” Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said after the game via GoCards.com. “It was really a simple answer as to why we lost. Our free throws were a turnover. Our foul shooting was despicable. Very simple tonight.”
Georgetown comes in with a record of 13-4, 3-3 in Big East play. They upset Notre Dame in South Bend Saturday, 63-47. The Hoyas were led by forward Otto Porter Jr., who had 19 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
When: Saturday, Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. ET.
Where: Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Listen: WKRD (790 AM) in Louisville, Ky.
Louisville (16-3, 4-2) Ht. Wt. Yr. PPG RPG Hometown
F 20 Wayne BLACKSHEAR 6-5 230 So. 9.4 3.7 Chicago, Ill.
F 21 Chane BEHANAN 6-6 250 So. 10.9 7.6 Cincinnati, Ohio
C 10 Gorgui DIENG 6-11 245 Jr. 8.8 10.1 Kebemer, Senegal
G 2 Russ SMITH 6-1 165 Jr. 18.7 3.3 Brooklyn, N.Y.
G 3 Peyton SIVA 6-0 185 Sr. 11.5 2.3 Seattle, Wash.
Georgetown (13-4, 3-3) Ht Wt. Yr. PPG RPG Hometown
F 3 Mikael HOPKINS 6-9 223 So. 6.4 2.3 Hyattsville, Md.
F 22 Otto PORTER, Jr. 6-8 205 So. 14.6 7.7 Morley, Mo.
F 34 Nate LUBICK 6-8 235 Jr. 7.4 5.2 Southborough, Mass.
G 5 Markel STARKS 6-2 175 Jr. 11.2 1.6 Accokeek, Md.
G 55 Jabril TRAWICK 6-5 208 So. 5.4 2.6 Philadelphia, Pa.
Stats via StatSheet.com
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