Jordan Nwora had a nice year for Louisville averaging 17.2 and 7.5 as a junior. That's particularly instructive in that he (a) was the team's leading scorer this year and (b) was the team's second-leading returning scorer despite averaging 5.7 PPG last year. As much has been made about how bare Chris Mack left the cupboard at Xavier, he wasn't exactly set when he came into Louisville.
I understand the first round loss of the Cardinals was probably cathartic for some Xavier fans, but it wasn't a referendum on Mack at Louisville. He came into an underwhelming roster and took it to the tournament. Next year, he'll welcome the best recruiting class in the ACC and start to build again.
Xavier fans hoping to take some satisfaction out of the former coach's results at his new home are likely to be disappointed. Mack will continue to show the same skill set at Louisville that made him the most successful coach in Xavier history.
Louisville crashed out today. It was a product of a hot shooting Minnesota team and that's pretty much that.
For what it's worth, though, Travis Steele still has at least one moregame to prep for this year.