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Louisville males’s basketball is having the worst 12 months ever


Louisville males’s basketball all the time knew this was going to be a rebuilding 12 months. After firing head coach Chris Mack halfway by way of final season, the Playing cards settled on hiring former Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne and turned over a lot of the roster. Expectations had been tempered going into Payne’s debut season: Louisville was picked to complete No. 12 within the 15-team ACC through the preseason polls. Shut observers had been principally fascinated by what Payne might 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 might have assumed issues had been about to get extraordinarily ugly because the Playing cards flew out to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational in opposition to 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 high program. This was the worst offensive efficiency Louisville has had since 1948.

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 sector. What a tough loss.

Louisville is now the primary ACC crew to start out 0-5 since Virginia in 1960-61, based on ESPN’s Stats and Information. By the way in which, that ‘60-61 Virginia crew began 0-8. Given the Playing cards’ upcoming schedule, they should pull off an upset to keep away from breaking it.

The stats contextualizing Louisville’s begin are simply as unhealthy 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 general recruit within the nation, per 247 Sports activities. It will have been an enormous win to get him, however Louisville got here up simply brief.

The extra painful (no pun meant) recruiting miss was D.J. Wagner. Wagner — the No. 1 general 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 to get him. In fact, 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 honest to Payne, he has landed a pair of top-100 recruits in subsequent 12 months’s class. It simply looks like this program has a lot extra work to do from there.

Louisville’s upcoming schedule is absolutely tough, and there are not any straightforward 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, no less than Louisville’s has a top-10 girls’s basketball crew. Let’s see how they’re doing this week:

Oh no. Subsequent 12 months can’t come quickly sufficient for Louisville hoops followers.



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