But things won't get any easier for the Cardinals today when Notre Dame comes to town. The Irish have proven a tough out on the road this season. Making matters worse for Rick Pitino's squad will be the absence of freshman forward Terrence Williams.
"T-Will will not play (today)," Pitino said Friday afternoon. "He's been on academic leave since Tuesday and if he gets caught up he will make the road trip to Cincinnati, if not he'll miss that game as well."
In Williams' place will step another freshman.
"Bryan Harvey will just take his minutes," Pitino said.
Louisville gave one of their best offensive performances against the Wildcats, hitting 12-23 three-pointers and 56 percent over from the floor. But it wasn't enough against Allan Ray and Co. The Wildcats made 14-26 3's and got 26 from Ray and 21 from guard Mike Nardi.
"I think we're playing good basketball right now," Pitino said. "The good news against Villanova was that we can't play better offensive basketball than that. The bad news is we lost. That tells you how tough a conference this is."
The Cardinals snapped a streak against Villanova in which they has shot below 40 percent form the field in five straight games. Pitino said he wants to see his team continue to get out on the break and get some easy baskets.
"We want to put pressure on the defense to play in transition as well as in the half court," Pitino said. "We have to advance the basketball and push the pace on every situation."
Though the Irish enter the game with a four game losing streak, they've proven capable of playing with the best teams in the Big East. The Irish have dropped heart breakers in each of those four contest, losing to Marquette by 2, Georgetown by 3, Villanova by 2 and West Virginia by 1.
"They're a veteran team," Pitino said. "They've played a very difficult schedule and played all the great teams on the road like Pittsburgh and West Virginia to overtimes and buzzer beaters. They're tough on the road."
Noted for their luck, Notre Dame, much like the Cardinals, have endured misfortune and bad luck so far this season.
"We've both been very unlucky," Pitino said. "They've been very unlucky with last second situations, and we've been very unlucky with injuries."