(1) Louisville is not done being the top team, defeats (5) MI

(1) Louisville is not done being the top team, defeats (5) MI

Following the game, Louisville players Lamarr Kimble and Jordan Nwora explained to the media that the MI players wanted some "smoke" and they got it.

Moments earlier, during the press conference following Louisville's 58-43 victory over visiting Michigan, Kimble's teammate Jordan Nwora had used the term.

Nwora was not the only Cardinals player in double-digits.

They got what they asked for, Nwora said. "We had heard they wanted some smoke Monday", Nwora told reporters. And they got smoked. "They were talking, we were able to quiet them up a little bit, and now we've just got to focus on the next game".

"When somebody says 'we want all the smoke, ' it's just basically they're ready for anything, they're ready to take us on", he explained. "We're going to continue to get better, and we're going to get ready for Pittsburgh Friday". They were talking into existence a win, and we're not about that here. "That's what happens", Nwora said.

"Man, I said I wasn't going to get emotional but it's. this is special", he said. We're just going to settle it on the court.

"Not one person would have said they were wrong if they didn't come here - it's my college jersey getting retired", Green said, via Noah Trister of The Associated Press.

Louisville looked like the No. 1 team in the country in the win.

As for Mack, he was most satisfied with how his team denied just about everything MI attempted while passing or shooting, holding the Wolverines to just better than half their scoring average (82.4 points per game).

As the saying goes, where there's smoke, there's fire.

Even the arena's PA announcer had fun with it, thanking the packed crowd after the final buzzer for "bringing all the smoke".

Jordan Nwora had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and Louisville held No. 4 MI to a season-low 26% shooting mark for a 58-43 victory Tuesday night in its first game since returning to No. 1.

The Cardinals kept the Wolverines and first-year coach Juwan Howard from adding another top-10 upset to the ones that helped them enter the Top 25 and match Kansas (1989) for the biggest jump from being unranked in the 70-year history of the poll.

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