NEW YORK — The faculty basketball season is just six weeks previous, but it surely’s already headed for the fifth No. 1 workforce of the season.
Prime-ranked Louisville misplaced its first sport of the season Tuesday, falling 70-57 to unranked Texas Tech within the Jimmy V Traditional at Madison Sq. Backyard.
“Felt like a February-, March-type basketball sport, the best way it was performed,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard mentioned. “We needed to get pictures early. I like the best way my guys performed. We acquired fast-break baskets and did sufficient offensively.”
Louisville struggled at each ends of the ground, going practically 10 minutes within the first half with no subject purpose and capturing simply Three-for-17 from Three-point vary for the sport. Jordan Nwora led the best way with 14 factors, however the Cardinals’ guards could not get going towards Texas Tech’s protection. They turned it over 13 occasions within the second half.
“They utterly negated a whole lot of the stuff that we wished to run,” Louisville coach Chris Mack mentioned. “Hopefully, our guys take this as a lesson discovered. We will need to develop from this. And it’s a lesson discovered.”
Texas Tech, final season’s nationwide runner-up, entered Tuesday’s sport on a three-game shedding streak — after shedding 5 regular-season video games the entire earlier season. The Pink Raiders acquired 18 factors from Davide Moretti and 13 factors from Terrence Shannon, in addition to unlikely manufacturing from walk-on Avery Benson, who had 10 factors and two momentum-changing blocks within the first half.
Benson, who redshirted two years in the past and performed simply 70 minutes final season, has been thrust into the rotation the previous three video games due to freshman star Jahmi’us Ramsey’s damage. He helped flip the sport round for the Pink Raiders after Louisville jumped out to a 12-5 lead within the opening minutes.
“We anticipate that out of him,” senior ahead Chris Clarke mentioned. “Avery’s a big-time participant, he is a pacesetter. I did not actually know an excessive amount of about him earlier than I acquired right here, however after I did [transfer from Virginia Tech] they informed me Avery was the hardest participant. I have been anticipating that since Day 1.”
Texas Tech’s protection, which has been probably the greatest within the nation the previous couple of seasons, returned to type after struggling since Thanksgiving. The Pink Raiders allowed each Iowa and Creighton to shoot 40% or higher from Three-point vary, whereas DePaul turned open driving lanes into simple baskets late within the sport final week.
Texas Tech got here out towards Louisville seeking to erase what occurred up to now two weeks, particularly on the defensive finish.
“All of us knew that we had an enormous alternative in entrance of us,” Moretti mentioned. “We dropped a pair video games so we felt like we needed to bounce again in some methods. We knew it was most likely the largest alternative we might have all yr, enjoying towards the No. 1 workforce after a three-game shedding streak. That was our mindset, an enormous alternative and to try to play as onerous as we presumably might.”
“Too many occasions towards DePaul, guys have been simply driving straight to the basket,” Moretti added. “This time, we have been enjoying extra collectively, we have been extra linked on the defensive aspect of the ball.”
Nwora began simply 1-for-9 from the sphere, with Texas Tech contesting his perimeter jumpers and limiting his open seems. Mack mentioned Louisville hadn’t confronted a workforce up to now this season that pressured the ball on the perimeter like Texas Tech, which made the Cardinals tentative of their half-court offense.
Clarke mentioned the workforce wished to go over each defensive clip because the DePaul loss, hoping to remove Nwora and Ryan McMahon, Louisville’s two greatest shooters.
“To be sincere, we’re not doing very nicely on the defensive finish; our final three video games, we’re letting their greatest shooters go off for wide-open pictures,” Clarke mentioned. “We simply wished to get that down and I really feel like we did an amazing job on 30 [McMahon] and 33 [Nwora] tonight.”
From final season’s 31-win group, Tech misplaced 4 starters and sixth man Brandone Francis, whereas rotation wing Deshawn Corprew left this system within the fall. Beard rebuilt with seven freshmen and two graduate transfers, with Moretti and Kyler Edwards because the lone returning scholarship gamers.
“It was an enormous evening for us. Even when the scoreboard seemed completely different, I’d have felt the identical manner,” Beard mentioned. “Our younger workforce grew up at present. There was a maturity to this workforce tonight.”
“I believe it is positively a confidence-builder,” he added. “You’ve got gotta have some success to validate what you are doing.”
With Louisville falling, anticipate No. 2 Kansas to maneuver as much as the highest spot if the Jayhawks can beat UMKC on Saturday. No. Three Ohio State acquired extra first-place votes than the Jayhawks on this week’s AP ballot, and the Buckeyes play at Minnesota on Sunday.
Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State have been the earlier No. 1-ranked groups to lose this season.