ATLANTA, Ga. – Right from the opening tip, Chris Mack fretted that his team just wasn't ready to play.
His guys were lethargic. They didn't seem to have any passion. There was no sense of urgency.
When the final horn sounded, the Louisville coach's worst fears were realized.
Trailing all the way and downright awful offensively, the No. 5 Cardinals were dealt a stunning 64-58 loss by Georgia Tech on Wednesday night, snapping their 10-game winning streak.
“It was an ugly game, a muddy game,” Mack said. “We were not dirty enough to win.”
Louisville (21-4, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) lost for the first time since early January with a 40-minute display of airballs and clunkers that allowed the Yellow Jackets (12-13, 6-8) to hang on at the end.
The Cardinals hit just 19 of 56 shots (33.9%) from the field — including a 3-of-24 brickfest beyond the 3-point arc.
“The first four minutes, we looked like zombies,” Mack said. “We didn't have the readiness or toughness or excitement to play. From that point on, we were battling uphill the whole game.”