Remember just a few days ago, when Louisville Cardinals basketball fans were wringing their hands over a bunch of one-point losses to start the season?
What’s happened lately is much worse.
The squad that just last week became the first Louisville team since 1940 to drop three straight home games to start the season, once again found itself on the wrong side of history Tuesday night. The Cardinals were blown out by the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 70-38, in the Maui Invitational.
The 38 points scored is the fewest by a Louisville team since 1948.
This is historically bad. How do you score only 38 points in a game? Start by scoring just 13 points in the first half, as Louisville Tuesday night. Shoot 22.4% from the field and 3-of-18 from behind the arc. Throw in 18 turnovers, which is right on their season average.
Fans were not kind to the Cardinals and head coach Kenny Payne on Twitter.
“I’m starting to think that my ‘LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 2023 NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS’ tattoo was a really bad idea,” tweeted Todd Probus.
“Why does KP get a full year of no expectations whatsoever? Why are we getting beaten by 60 combined points in our first real games? How long until we admit recruiting is a problem?” tweeted another fan.
I'm starting to think that my "LOUISVILLE CARDINALS 2023 NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS" tattoo was a really bad idea.
— Todd Probus (@tprobus) November 22, 2022
Through five games, Louisville has 90 turnovers against 36 assists. https://t.co/HF62GMcpqQ
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) November 22, 2022
Bruh what is happening with the Louisville Cardinals basketball team?
— Jack (@JackVV03) November 22, 2022
2022-2023 Louisville Cardinals = 2008-2009 Indiana Hoosiers
Strap in Cards fans, only 4 more months left.
— William Adams (@Adams95William) November 22, 2022
Louisville played the last 17 minutes today with 0.1% chance of victory (or worse) per ESPN's win probability metric….what are we even doing here?? This is Louisville basketball, damn it pic.twitter.com/9KBtbKdxzO
— Jared McLemore (@Infra_Rogue) November 22, 2022
But when we make comments like this, we get ripped apart by other UofL fans.
Why does KP get a full year of no expectations whatsoever? Why are we getting beaten by 60 combined points in our first real games? How long until we admit recruiting is a problem?
This is a mess!!!
— #GoCards (@UofL_Athletics) November 22, 2022