Cards fall hard, lose to TCU

Louisville's struggles appear to have hit the bottom as the Cardinals fall on the road at TCU 71-46.

Despite the return of sophomores Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean to the Louisville starting lineup, the Cardinals struggles continued on Tuesday evening at TCU.

The 10th-ranked Cardinals, which entered the game with just one victory in its last four attempts, struggled from the outset. Poor offensive rebounding and poor shooting allowed the Horned Frogs to slowly develop a first half lead, which grew to 17-11 with 7:47 remaining in the opening frame.

An 8-0 run by TCU pushed the home team further ahead, as Louisville (17-5, 4-4) fell behind 24-13 with 4:20 remaining. When TCU's Marcus Shropshire connected on two free throws at the 1:05 mark of the first half, it gave the Horned Frogs its largest lead, which it took to the locker room at 33-18.

Louisville, which shot just 18.5% from the field and failed to record a single offensive rebound during the first half, was held to its lowest first half offensive output of the year.

Having appeared to have found their offensive flow, Louisville climbed with 40-31 early in the second half following back-to-back baskets by Francisco Garcia.

The Horned Frogs answered Louisville's run as they would the entire evening and went on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 47-31 with 12:46 left in the game.

After pulling with 47-37, Louisville's offensive woes returned as TCU (10-12, 6-5) stunned Conference USA by outscoring the Cardinals 24-9 over the final nine minutes of action.

Louisville, who failed to have a player score in double figures, shot a dismal 28.6% from the field and was outrebounded 44-28.

The Cardinals will return to action Saturday for a 1:00 pm.m tip at rival Cincinnati.


STATISTICS


VISITORS: No. 10 Louisville Cardinals 17-5, 4-4 C-USA
                        TOT-FG  3-PT         RBDS
## Player Name          FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
24 WHITEHEAD, Luke... f  1-8    0-1    0-0    3   1   2  0  0  0  0  22
32 GARCIA, Francisco. f  3-7    1-3    0-0    4   3   7  3  2  2  2  22
01 DARTEZ, Kendall... c  2-6    0-1    4-4    4   5   8  2  5  3  1  22
05 DEAN, Taquan...... g  1-6    1-4    2-2    5   3   5  2  2  1  1  26
11 JENKINS, Brandon.. g  1-3    0-1    1-2    5   2   3  0  1  1  3  22
00 TINCH, Joshua.....    0-1    0-0    4-4    0   0   4  0  0  0  0   7
04 DIAKITE, Nouha....    1-3    0-0    0-0    0   0   2  0  0  0  0   8
13 MOHAMMED, Alhaji..    0-2    0-2    0-0    2   1   0  1  1  1  0  15
15 JOHNSON, Perrin...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 CURRENT, Chris....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
30 DANIELS, Nate.....    1-1    0-0    2-2    2   2   4  0  0  0  0  13
34 O'BANNON, Larry...    3-7    2-3    1-2    0   2   9  1  4  0  0  26
52 GEORGE, Otis......    1-5    0-0    0-0    3   5   2  0  2  1  1  14
   Totals............   14-49   4-15  14-16  28  25  46  9 17  9  8 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  5-27 18.5%   2nd Half:  9-22 40.9%   Game: 28.6% 
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  2-9  22.2%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 26.7% 
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-6  100 %   2nd Half:  8-10 80.0%   Game: 87.5% 

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HOME TEAM: TCU Horned Frogs 10-12, 6-5 C-USA
                        TOT-FG  3-PT         RBDS
## Player Name          FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
22 Chinweze, Chudi... f  6-11   0-0    1-2   13   1  13  2  2  3  0  34
12 Ibikunle, Femi.... c  2-3    0-0    0-0    3   4   4  0  3  0  0  22
01 Smith, Nucleus.... g  4-10   2-2    7-7    6   3  17  0  1  0  3  22
03 Santee, Corey..... g  6-11   2-4    6-6    8   1  20  5  4  0  4  36
10 Shropshire, Marcus g  2-11   0-4    5-6    3   2   9  5  2  0  2  35
05 Sloan, Marcus.....    0-2    0-0    0-0    1   4   0  0  0  0  0   8
13 Dougherty, Neil...    0-0    0-0    0-0    1   1   0  0  0  0  0   2
20 Markley, David....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
21 Curtis, Aaron.....    1-1    1-1    0-0    2   1   3  0  1  0  0  12
23 Adams, Blake......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1   0   0  0  0  0  0  12
33 Valsin, Corey.....    1-1    0-0    0-1    2   0   2  0  1  0  0   5
45 Pierce, Art.......    0-4    0-1    3-4    1   1   3  0  0  1  0  11
   TEAM..............                         3
   Totals............   22-55   5-13  22-26  44  18  71 12 14  4  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-33 33.3%   2nd Half: 11-22 50.0%   Game: 40.0%
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-5  20.0%   2nd Half:  4-8  50.0%   Game: 38.5%
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9%   2nd Half: 12-13 92.3%   Game: 84.6%
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Officials: Scott Thornley, John Clougherty, Terry Moore
Technical fouls: No. 10 Louisville Cardinals-None. 
TCU Horned Frogs-None.
Attendance: 6028
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
No. 10 Louisville Cardinals...   18   28  -   46
TCU Horned Frogs..............   33   38  -   71

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