The Duke Blue Devils entered this week with a 15-1 record, good enough to snag the No. 3 ranking in the country.
The number next to their name will probably be a bit larger next week as Duke suffered its second straight loss, a 79-73 setback Saturday to the No. 10 Louisville Cardinals at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Louisville (15-3) got off to a great start, leading 42-32 at the break after jumping out to a 25-10 advantage. Duke (15-3) would storm back, eventually tying the game at 58 with under nine minutes to go in the game.
But the Cardinals made the critical plays down the stretch, hitting some clutch buckets from beyond the arc – where they went 7-for-14 on the day – to stay just ahead of the Blue Devils.
A big first half helped David Johnson lead the way for Louisville with 19 points off the bench. Johnson appeared to suffer an injury with 3:25 to go, eventually heading to the locker room with the score 71-70 Louisville. He did return to the bench, but not the game.
In this game, the Blue Devils shot just 37.1% from the field, and hit just six of their 25 3-point attempts. Freshman Cassius Stanley had a game-high 24 points.
More to come