Cursed Cards? Social media reacts to Louisville's hard-fought, heartbreaking loss to Texas
Louisville came up just short against No. 19 Texas.
The Cardinals fought hard against the Longhorns at Madison Squad Garden in New York City. The Cardinals, which looked dreadful this season prior to Sunday’s game, actually led by 1 point with under 10 seconds remaining.
That’s when 2021 March Madness darling Max Abmas pulled some more rabbits out of his hat.
Abmas drove to his spot on the floor and hit a well-contested fadeaway over Skyy Clark, who had perhaps his best game as a Cardinal Sunday.
MAX ABMAS WINS IT!
Drama at the Garden!pic.twitter.com/JnBAhkOlRh
— Heat Check CBB (@HeatCheckCBB) November 19, 2023
You’d expect fans across social media to roast Kenny Payne and the Cardinals after another loss, but the response was overwhelmingly positive, and for good reason. The Cardinals walk away with a loss, but that might have been the best-played game of the Payne era at Louisville.
Others just think the Cardinals are cursed altogether.
Check out some of the reaction below:
In so many ways, that was a step forward for Louisville. Will be interesting to see how they respond to an absolutely gutting loss.
Was ugly for Texas, but huge win to hold on. Abmas with a huge shot after shooting 1–8 in the second half before the buzzer-beater.
— Kevin Sweeney (@CBB_Central) November 19, 2023
Texas just ESCAPED with a win over Louisville.
Max Abmas with the game-winner.
Man, I feel absolutely awful for Kenny Payne and Louisville. They competed and had Texas on the ropes.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 19, 2023
Louisville showed more progress in today’s loss to Texas than it had previously under Kenny Payne.
Cards need to somehow find a way to get a split at MSG tomorrow against Indiana. https://t.co/iK4HRjszPa
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) November 19, 2023
BRUTAL for Louisville. Max Abmas hits a crazy tough shot with 0.4 seconds left to beat the Cards, who just played by far their best game yet under Kenny Payne.
That was a maybe-there’s-hope performance by KP’s team, nevertheless.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) November 19, 2023
This game might say more about Texas than it does about Louisville, but only time will tell. However, I do think this was probably Kenny Payne’s best games as Louisville HC.
— Christina Huang (@stina_huang) November 19, 2023
At some point.. you just got to feel bad for the Louisville players.
You can see that they aren’t checked out and they go 100% most of the time.. but they’re just so poorly coached.
And tonight they got unlucky and lost.
They have the talent to compete with good teams and if…
— CBB Content (@CBBcontent) November 19, 2023
Damn..Louisville can’t catch a break lol https://t.co/IwHFHiIFyL
— CoreyC. (@CdotCARR) November 19, 2023
Louisville basketball does not just have bad luck, they are cursed.
Going for their first big win in years, they lose on a TOUGH buzzer beater…pic.twitter.com/kvY3zvA1Iu
— Tristan Pharis (@TristanUda) November 19, 2023
Louisville is cursed.
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) November 19, 2023
LMFAOO LOUISVILLE IM CRYING THEY’RE CURSED
— Jake (@Jakesbbn) November 19, 2023