Rapid Fire Recap: ‘Canes Can’t Hold off Louisville, Fall 90-73

Rapid Fire Recap by Russell Hanson



Another heartbreaking loss for the Hurricanes.

Despite leading by as many as 15 points, the Hurricanes (8-6, 0-2 ACC) couldn’t overcome red hot second half shooting from the Cardinals (10-4, 1-0). Johnson and Vasiljevic led the Canes with 19 each. Jordan Nwora (Louisville) led all scorers with 20 points. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Hurricanes led by as many as 15 points (30-15) but only led by one at halftime, 41-40. Louisville proceeded to outscore the Canes 50 to 32 in the second half.
  • Miami lost their lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game. They led for all but 56 seconds up to that point.
  • Louisville shot 50% (8-16) from three in the second half while Miami shot went 3-12. There was a stretch of just over five minutes in which the Hurricanes didn’t score a single field goal. This was part of a 16-2 Louisville run.
  • The Hurricanes committed 13 turnovers versus only seven assists (a season low). Terrible. I have written about their assist to turnover ratio being a vital stat and it bit them last night. Louisville had 19 assists with only seven turnovers. If you want the true story of the game, there it is.
  • The lack of depth crushed Miami again as well. After the game, Coach Larranaga said, “We have one center, and one stretch four-man, everybody else is a guard, just not very big…Ebuka Izundu is someone that we need out there. He gets worn out, especially when he’s got to go against guys like Enoch and Malik Williams. They just keep rotating those guys, keeping fresh bodies on the court.”
  • DJ Vasiljevic went 5-8 from three finishing with 19 points. Zach Johnson also scored 19 while adding three steals.
  • Chris Lykes finished with 18 points, four assists, and only two turnovers. He continues to shine and I hope this isn’t his final year in Coral Gables.
  • Izundu and Lawrence II were largely ineffective finishing with eight and four points, respectively. These guys have been great for Miami, just both had an off game on the same night. That hurts when you’ve only got seven guys.

Where do we go from here?

This was another disheartening loss for the Hurricanes and I’m afraid it’s going to be a loooong season. There are some bright spots. Chris Lykes is playing incredibly well. So is Zach Johnson and Ebuka Izundu.

The Hurricanes continue to do well early in games which makes things even more frustrating. If we just had some depth, we’d be doing much better. The front court has been decimated with Rodney Miller red shirting, Deng Gak being injured, and Dewan Hernandez being ineligible and it shows in the rebounding numbers. The good news is, if anyone can get this figured out, its Coach Larranaga. He has 600+ wins at the Division 1 level under his belt. Anybody that has achieved that, can find a way to win.

The Hurricanes will have a short turnaround as they will travel to Tallahassee on Wednesday to face the #9 ranked Florida State Seminoles.

Go Canes!


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