Just 24 hours after learning there would be no postseason play, the University of Louisville men's basketball team was back on the court. The Cardinals were "emotionally drained," according to Rick Pitino but sitll dumped Boston College 79-47.
With leading scorer Damion Lee sidelined with a bruised knee, the Cardinals were led in scoring by their other fifth-year senior - Trey Lewis, who had 16 points and freshman Deng Adel with 13.
The Cardinals (19-4) followed up an upset of No. 2 North Carolina with the blow out that capped an emotional 24 hours.
Louisville announced on Friday that the team would not play in either the ACC or NCAA tournaments because President Dr. James Ramsey said an investigation revealed that violations did occur within the schools basketball program.
"I thought it was a very professional effort," Pitino said. "After a time, we were emotionally drained."
Louisville opened the game on a 19-2 run and led by as many as 19 in the first half. The Cardinals saw their lead cut to nine in the second half before stretching it to 33 points.
Donovan Mitchell chipped in 10 points, while Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson had nine apiece. Chinanu Onuaku added eight points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals.
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