Miami extends Louisville misery by winning ACC opener 80-53

Dec 3, 2022, 10:38 PM | Updated: Dec 4, 2022, 12:44 pm
Louisville forward Roosevelt Wheeler (4) tries to get past Miami forward A.J. Casey during the seco...

Louisville forward Roosevelt Wheeler (4) tries to get past Miami forward A.J. Casey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Miami won 80-53. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

              Miami forward Norchad Omier (15) drives past Louisville forward Sydney Curry (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville head coach Kenny Payne sends instructions in to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Miami in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Miami forward Norchad Omier (15) shoots over Louisville forward Sydney Curry (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Miami guard Jordan Miller (11) tries to get past Louisville forward JJ Traynor (12) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Miami forward Anthony Walker (1) drives around Louisville forward Sydney Curry (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Miami guard Jordan Miller (11) goes in for a layup past Louisville guard Fabio Basili (11) and forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville guard El Ellis (3) looks for help from the pressure from Miami guard Bensley Joseph (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville forward Kamari Lands (22) shoots over Miami guard Isaiah Wong (2) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Miami won 80-53. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Miami forward Anthony Walker (1) attempts to block the shot of Louisville guard Mike James (1) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Miami won 80-53. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
            
              Louisville forward Roosevelt Wheeler (4) tries to get past Miami forward A.J. Casey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. Miami won 80-53. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jordan Miller had 14 points, Norchad Omier scored 12 and Miami opened Atlantic Coast Conference play with an 80-53 victory over winless Louisville on Sunday.

Miller sank 6 of 10 shots with a 3-pointer for the Hurricanes (8-1), who picked up their fourth straight win. Omier hit 6 of 7 shots, adding two blocks. Isaiah Wong pitched in with 10 points and five rebounds. None of Miami’s starters played more than 24 minutes.

Jae’lyn Withers led the Cardinals (0-8) with 12 points. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Louisville is off to its worst start since the 1940-41 season. That year the Cardinals, then members of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Association — now called the River States Conference — lost their first 11 games. Louisville matched the 1960-61 Virginia Cavaliers for the worst start to a season by an ACC member. Louisville joined the ACC in 2014.

Omier had 12 points in the first half and Miller scored 10 as Miami opened up a 42-23 lead at intermission. The Hurricanes led by as many as 32 in the second half.

Louisville’s first season under former long-time Kentucky assistant and Cardinals alum Kenny Payne has gone downhill quickly. The Cardinals opened with three straight one-point home losses, to Bellarmine, Wright State and Appalachian State, followed by blowout defeats at the Maui Invitational to Arkansas, Texas Tech and Cincinnati.

The Cardinals play a conference game at Florida State on Saturday before hosting Western Kentucky, Florida A&M and Lipscomb with a chance to end their skid.

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