LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The University of Louisville and Indiana University will both go into Saturday's much anticipated meeting in Indianapolis off rather discouraging home defeats. The Cardinals fell 61-53 to Virginia Wednesday night and the Hoosiers lost to Nebraska 87-83.
Rick Pitino said Virginia is the Cardinals Kryptonite after another defeat to Tony Bennett's stifling Cavaliers. U of L has now lost four of five to UVa since joining the ACC. They were held in the 40's in both games last season.
Louisville (11-2) fell behind 16-4, turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and trailed 36-21 at halftime after an 8-0 Virginia run in the final 90 seconds of the half. The lead reached 21 before U of L rallied to within single digits. Quentin Snider, Deng Adel and Tony Hicks each scored eight points for the Cardinals, who had an six-game win streak come to an end. Virginia (11-1) was led by Devon Hall's 10 points.
Indiana (10-3) trailed much of the night against a Nebraska team that had lost six of eight, including a home defeat to Gardner-Webb ten days before. The Hoosiers got the lead at 73-70 on a Robert Johnson three off a scramble with over four minutes to go, but couldn't hold it.
Johnson led five Hoosiers in double figures with 19. Thomas Bryant added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Nebraska (7-6) was led by Glynn Watson, Jr. with 26 points and 5 steals.
Louisville and Indiana meet Saturday at 12:30 pm in Indianapolis.
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