Providence Dominates Struggling Cardinals, 90-59

Something is horribly wrong with the Louisville Cardinals.

Gorgui Dieng and Russ Smith are not happy campers. PHOTO: AP

The Cards were dominated in every aspect of the game by the Friars, who earned their first Big East victory with the win. At no point in the second half could UofL muster any kind of comeback.

The worst performance of the night came from Peyton Siva, who continued his bad form. Siva fouled out of the game with ten minutes left, in a foul that looked intentional. Siva wanted out of the game and out of his worst outing of his career, putting up 2 points.

The Friars were led by Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts who dropped 27 points on the non-existent Cardinal defense. Despite being plagued with turnovers in the first half, the Friars rarely struggled to score.

Rick Pitino’s 2nd largest loss in Louisville’s Big East history came along with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Providence’s 1987 Final Four appearance, led by Pitino.

However there was no celebration on the Pitino bench.

Louisville has now lost four of their last five game, and face a heap of serious issues. Atrocious offense, struggles from beyond the arc, and a lack  Coach Pitino faces the Cards’ biggest challenge yet, a complete lack of confidence and mental toughness.

Although Louisville next faces perennial softie DePaul on Saturday, the dejected Cardinals have struggled against everyone and the Blue Demons could be no different.

The Cards are falling quickly, and they are running out of time to turn things around.