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About a month and a half ago, Louisville didn’t close out a game against Syracuse in the Yum Center…this time was a different story. The Cards went into the Carrier Dome and closed out a game in the last minute behind multiple big plays by Luke Hancock.
I have always been the biggest critic of Luke Hancock but today I found myself hoping that he was on the floor over Wayne Blackshear. Hancock made a big three with the game tied within the final 60 seconds of the game then immediately had a steal that basically sealed it. While on the other hand, Blackshear seemingly has no confidence in his ability to score the basketball. He was very aggressive early in the game but after not scoring…he just seemed to disappear.
Kevin Ware and Russ Smith patrolled the floor for the end of the game while Peyton Siva sat on the bench. It is well known that Siva struggles against Syracuse and today was just another example of that. Syracuse was letting Siva have open shot after open shot but he just could not produce. Kevin Ware however produced and got repaid by being on the floor when the game was on the line.
It is also worth pointing out that Gorgui Dieng was an absolute beast today in the post. Without Dieng, Louisville isn’t even in this game. The last couple games, he has been filling the stat sheet and he did the exact same thing is this one. Dieng finished with 11 Pts, 14 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk.
The only negative to take away from this game is that Chane Behanan and Montrezl Harrell still cannot make free throws. Louisville was only 14 for 24 from the charity stripe which is not very good. The inability to convert at the line could cost the Cards in the tournament if they don’t sharpen up.
But lets not harp on the negatives after such a big win we know these guys aren’t…
Louisville beat Syracuse and anytime they do that…its a great day. Enjoy it and lets get prepared for the Cincinnati on Monday.
Here is Rick’s postgame interview:
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Syracuse and Louisville are locked in a tight battle late at the Carrier Dome – things are tense. Rick Pitino, after an offensive foul call on the Cardinals, got a little animated. We can’t tell if he’s yelling at Russ Smith or Gorgui Dieng, but either way, he’s not happy. Something about getting out of bed after a long slumber, maybe.
Junior guard Luke Hancock had the biggest moment of his career at the University of Louisville on Saturday, shooting the Cardinals past host Syracuse. Hancock hit four three-pointers, including the go-ahead bucket in the final minute, and made several key defensive plays in U of L’s 58-53 win in the Carrier Dome.
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It wasn’t pretty for the entire 40-minutes on Saturday afternoon, but all in all, it’s hard not to be impressed with Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals. For the first time in conference play, Louisville went on the road and won a close game against a good team.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Junior Luke Hancock hit four three-pointers, including one to put Louisville in front for good, as the Cardinals went on the road and downed Syracuse 58-53 in a Big East game.
It isn’t quite Selfie Sunday yet, but Peyton Siva and the Louisville Cardinals just couldn’t wait. After a big win on the road defeating No. 12 Syracuse, the Louisville team decided to take a group selfie to put on Instagram:
Photo by PeyPeySiva via Instagram
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Rick Pitino really wanted his Louisville Cardinals players to 'wake the f*** up' against Syracuse on Saturday.
"Wake the **** up," Rick Pitino, today during Louisville / Syracuse.
That's what she said.
No. 10 Louisville beats No. 12 Syracuse 58-53
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Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer from the corner to break a tie with 99 seconds left, and No. 10 Louisville beat No. 12 Syracuse 58-53 on Saturday, exacting a measure of revenge for a loss to the Orange earlier this season.
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