Unfortunately for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals, the No. 1 ranking lasted just one week. The Cards were in today game against Syracuse, but crumbled down the stretch, falling to the Orange by a score of 70-68.
There is no shame in losing to a team like Syracuse in January, but I think we can all agree that Louisville should have left their home floor with a victory today. A nearly 5-minute stretch without scoring late in the second half was the biggest difference.
Syracuse is a solid team, but they needed an unconscious performance from senior Brandon Triche and poor offensive performances from Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva to earn a win. Credit to Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams for making big play defensively at the end of the game, but Louisville was still able to force him into eight turnovers.
This is without a doubt a humbling loss for the Cards. They can clearly bounce back from this and it could end up being something that really helps them down the stre...