University of Louisville

UofL falls to No. 5 in polls; plays at Villanova tonight

Louisville's Peyton Siva, center, passes the ball under pressure from Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, and Jerami Grant during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Syracuse defeated Louisville 70-68.
Louisville's Peyton Siva, center, passes the ball under pressure from Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, and Jerami Grant during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Jan. 19, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Syracuse defeated Louisville 70-68. AP

Louisville, ranked fifth in the nation, will try to bounce back from its first loss in two months when the Cardinals take on Villanova at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Philadelphia.

Despite 25 points from Russ Smith, Louisville (16-2, 4-1 Big East) lost to Syracuse 70-68 Saturday, and promptly fell from the No. 1 spot in the polls.

Villanova lost to Providence 69-66 on Saturday. JayVaughn Pinkston came off the bench for 20 points in the loss.

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