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Louisville loses to Pitt, 83-70

18 more games.

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville fell to 0-3 in ACC play with an 83-70 loss to visiting Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon inside the KFC Yum Center.

Pitt had been 0-3 in league play before its lopsided win over the Cardinals. Louisville and Boston College — which plays at Georgia Tech later today — are now the only ACC teams still without a conference victory.

The latest chapter in this story of unprecedented futility read a lot like most of the ones before it: The Cards never really seemed to be in the game, they turned the ball over at a ridiculous rate (18), and they allowed an average offensive team to do pretty much whatever they wanted when they had the ball in their hands.

Mike James tried to rescue U of L, knocking down 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc on his way to a 23-point performance.

Unfortunately, James offense wasn’t enough to keep pace with a Pitt team that was allowed to knock down 12 three-pointers and which went 19-of-21 from the free-throw line. Blake Hinson led the Panthers with 21 points.

The loss was Louisville’s fourth straight to Pitt, a team against which the Cards had previously won 17 of 18 games. Those four losses have come by an average of just under 20 points per game.

Nine more weeks.