The good news Tuesday night was that, for the first time this season, Louisville men’s basketball fans got to celebrate a Cardinal victory inside the KFC Yum Center. The bad news is that moments later it was taken away.
A last second layup by U of L guard El Ellis appeared to lift Louisville to a 62-61 victory over Appalachian State, but a replay revealed that the ball was still — by the slimmest of margins — in Ellis’ hand when the clock hit zero.
El Ellis doesn't get it off in time and Louisville falls to 0-3. All three losses have come by a single point.— Heat Check CBB (@HeatCheckCBB) November 16, 2022
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The loss was Louisville’s fourth straight by a single point (dating back to last season), and guaranteed U of L’s first 0-3 start to a season since 1986-87.
For Appalachian State, which never trailed in the game, the win was its first over a power conference opponent since 2014.
The Cardinals got off to a horrific start Tuesday night, misfiring on 11 of their first 13 field goal attempts. This allowed the visitors to build a double-digit lead that they maintained for nearly the entirety of the first half and a solid chunk of the second. U of L then upped the defensive intensity and started better using their advantages inside to steadily bridge the gap.
In a story that has become all too familiar in this short season, the uptick in focus and desire came just a hair too late.
I honestly don’t even know what to say at this point. It’s beyond belief.
If we’re not going to become the funniest Maui Invitational champions in history, I say we just shoot to lose every single game of the season by 1-point. Achieve ultimate immortality.