The Louisville Cardinals escaped their home opener with a 22-point victory against the College of Charleston Cougars. I say “escaped” because it wasn’t until seven minutes remained in the game that Louisville distanced itself from a Cougar squad it demolished by 42 in 2012.
The first half at the KFC Yum! Center started horrid for both teams, as they shot less than 40 percent from the field. Even though the defending champs had a less-than-impressive start to their season, they rebounded (no pun intended) nicely in the second half.
Shooting the deep ball was a struggle with last season’s Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Luke Hancock, sitting out with an injured Achilles.
Luckily, new Cardinal Chris Jones had no problem carrying some of that scoring load. Along with Jones, here are five players who had exceptional performances in the opener against the Cougars.