Recap: Duke 63, Louisville 52

The University of Louisville hit just 29.5 percent from the field and dropped a 63-52 loss to Duke on Saturday at the KFC Yum Center. Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the loss that drops the Cardinals to 15-3 on the season.

Rick Pitino has called his University of Louisville basketball team "offensively challenged" several times this season.

And we saw that again on Saturday.

The Cardinals hit just 18 of 61 from the field - 29.5 percent - and were only 7 of 31 in the first half - of a 62-53 loss to Duke at the KFC Yum Center.

"I felt like we had a run," Pitino said. "But when you don't make shots, it affects every part of your game mentally."

The Cardinals led 10-6 early on but had stretches of 11 straight and six straight missed shots in the half and trailed 30-20 at the break.

Duke led by as much as 21 points in the second half.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

While hits shots were not falling, Montrezl Harrell finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and did some nice things for the Cardinals.

Harrell was active on both ends of the floor and was a major reason that U of L won the rebounding battle 38-32. The Cards had 18 offensive boards.

While just 4 of 10 from the field, Harrell hit both of his free throws.

RUN OF THE GAME

The tough stretch for U of L really came just after Chris Jones went to the sidelines with his second foul and 11:08 left in the first half.

The next thing you know it was 26-14 Duke after a pair of Matt Jones three-pointers and as the Cardinals went ice cold from outside.

Jones had scored five of his team's first 10 points.

A FEW TIP INS

****U of L was 6 of 37 shooting outside the paint and 12 of 24 in the paint.

****The loss was the first by double digits for the U of L program since a loss at Marquette on Jan. 12, 2012.

****U of L's bench outscored Duke 10-6 with Chinanu Onuaku coming off the bench for four points and six rebounds - all offensive boards.

****Harrell's 10 points and 14 rebounds was his 19th career double-double. He now has 998 career points and is two shy of being the 66th player in school history with 1,000.

****Rozier has scored in double figures 17 of 18 games this season.

****Louisville entered the game with 10.2 steals - one of the tops in the nation - but had a season-low four against Duke.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals (15-3, 3-2) get eight days off and won't return to the court until next Sunday when they play at Pittsburgh.

The game is slated for 4 p.m.


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