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Louisville's late push doesn't work this time

So, you’re surprised that No. 4 Louisville just suffered its first loss of the year? At the Teflon-reinforced KFC Yum! Center, no less? Well, don’t be shocked by this. The Cardinals barely escaped in multiple games before Wednesday's 71-68 defeat against Georgetown.

The Cardiac Cardinals have been walking a tightrope all season. In previous games, they’d managed to overcome late deficits. And after trailing 59-49 against Georgetown in the second half, they stormed back … again. But for the first time this season, their late push wasn’t sufficient.

But consider how close the Cardinals had come to defeat prior to Wednesday's loss:

Nov. 25: Ohio led Louisville 51-46 with 3:03 remaining in regulation. The Cardinals, however, snatched the momentum and won 59-54.

Dec. 2: Vanderbilt possessed a 43-34 advantage with 8:50 to play. And yet the Cardinals found a way to secure a 62-60 overtime victory.

Dec. 20: The College of Charleston held a 48-40 edge 5 minutes into the second half, but the Cardinals outscored the Cougars 29-14 the rest of the way in a 69-62 victory.

Dec. 23: The Cardinals were down by 8 points with 12 minutes to play against Western Kentucky, but a late run led to a 52-50 Louisville lead just five minutes later. The Cardinals took the 70-60 win over their in-state rival.