Graduate transfer point guard Christen Cunningham hasn’t set the world on fire for Louisville, but his importance was seen in his absence from the Cardinals’ last game.
Louisville came out very sluggish against Robert Morris, a 4-8 team out of the Northeast Conference.
Robert Morris led 32-29 at halftime, before Louisville turned it on to finish the game up 73-59.
The backcourt was not a strength for the Cards at all, with Cunningham’s absence.
His replacement Darius Perry chipped in nine points as a starter, but also had three of Louisville’s 16 turnovers. Backcourt-mate Khwan Fore went scoreless.
Cunningham, who spent four seasons at Samford, but missed most of 2017-18, is averaging 8.6 points and 3.1 assists per game for Louisville.
Ahead of the Robert Morris game, Christen Cunningham suffered a mild concussion in practice.
From the Courier Journal:
Cunningham hit his head on the floor during a practice this week and experienced concussion symptoms the next day, the program said in a release Friday.
He was coming off of his best scoring game of the season, a 17-point outing against Kent State. Early indications are that he should be okay against Kentucky, but there is nothing definitive yet, and as most sports fans know at this point, concussion symptoms can linger.
If he can’t go, it is bad news for UL against an improving Kentucky backcourt. Ashton Hagans has emerged for John Calipari’s club, especially on the defensive end.
In UK’s big win against North Carolina, he recorded a program-high eight steals, tying a record set by Rajon Rondo and Wayne Turner.