Virginia has been all over the place this season.
On one hand, the Cavaliers entered the weekend with wins over No. 6 Villanova, No. 9 West Virginia and No. 15 Miami. On the other hand, though, they’ve lost to unranked Florida State, unranked Georgia Tech, unranked George Washington and unranked Virginia Tech. Put another way: Virginia entered the weekend with seven top-45 RPI wins and four sub-45 RPI losses, which, translated, basically means Virginia can beat anybody and lose to anybody.
So who knew what to expect Saturday at Louisville?
Unfortunately for Rick Pitino, he got the good version of UVA.
“We got our brains beat in,” Pitino said afterward, and that’s an accurate assessment.
Final score: No. 11 Virginia 63, No. 16 Louisville 47.
Virginia shot 57.8 percent and forced 18 turnovers from the Cardinals.
Virginia led by 15 at the half and never faced a serious threat in the second half.
So the Cavaliers now have eight top-50 RPI wins, four of which have come against schools ranked in the top 20 of the current AP poll. And Louisville still has zero wins over schools currently ranked in the AP poll, which is among the reasons Pitino was upset.
“Unfortunately, I saw this day coming,” Pitino said.
Making things worse: Louisville hosts No. 2 North Carolina on Monday night.
“It’s not going to get any easier because UNC plays right into our weakness,” Pitino said.