Louisville ends the season with a loss on the road to Virginia; Cards finish the season 23-8 and 12-6 in the ACC

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Louisville men's basketball team ended the season on Saturday night with a 68-46 loss to Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cardinals end the season with a 23-8 record and 12-6 mark in the ACC.

The season not only ended early for the University of Louisville men's basketball team because of the self-imposed ban, but it ended on Saturday night in rotten fashion at John Paul Jones Arena.

The Cardinals didn't hit a field goal for the first 9:20 in the game and it didn't get much better as Virginia rolled to a 68-46 decision.

The seniors bad last night

Fifth-year transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis had an emotional send off on Tuesday night in their final game at the KFC Yum Center and then had one of their worst combined games against the Cavaliers.

The two combined to shoot 5-for-24 from the field.

Lee, who led the team with 16.2 points a game, was just 3 of 12 from the field, including 1 of 7 on three-pointers. He scored nine points and had four rebounds.

It was just the fourth game of the season in single digits for Lee.

Lewis, who started the night 0-for-5, had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in his final game. Lewis was second on the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game.

The awful start

It didn't start great for the Cardinals as Chinanu Onuaku missed a dunk on the second possession.

The Cardinals missed their first 12 shots - eight different players - and didn't hit a field goal until Deng Adel hit a three-pointer with 10:40 left in the half. U of L fell behind 10-0 and trailed 13-4 when Adel scored the bucket.

During the early stretch, Lewis forced a shot from the right wing and Onuaku missed a contested 18-foot jumper. Lee and Adel both missed wide-open three-pointers and Ray Spalding missed a close-in shot.

Onuaku tough game

Chinanu Onuaku had a tough game for the Cardinals, fouling out with 7:58 left.

He was just 3 of 8 from the floor - three misses were 15-18 foot jumpers - and finished with seven points and four rebounds.

There has been speculation the 6-foot-10 sophomore might test the NBA waters. But we expect him to be back next season after averaging 10 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Cardinals.


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