Found February 17, 2013 on
For a change, the Louisville basketball team got down in Tampa almost 2 days early and it ended up working out for them. The Cardinals steam-rolled USF to the tune of an 18 point victory.
Peyton Siva got hot at the end of last year and he is starting to get into that form once again. Even though Siva’s 2 points don’t seem all to to impressive, his 7 assist and 6 rebounds do. Siva seems to have found a new switch in his game over the last week and has been a great hustler. His defense has stepped up and his court vision has been impeccable.
Russ Smith played what Pitino referred to as his best game in a long time. Even though Russ didn’t score his normal 20+ points, he did do things that made the team exponentially better. He was even heard telling Kevin Ware “sorry” after not making a pass on a fast break. Is this the sign of a new Russ? Smith really thrived in this game because the Bulls literally couldn’t keep the ball on offense. It seemed every time that South Florida was on offense, they turned over the ball or just had a ridiculously bad possession. Smith finished the game with 15 Pts, 6 Rbs, 4 Ast, and 1 Stl.
Luke Hancock got into foul trouble early and never really got a chance to get in a rhythm. He did come in at the end of the game and knocked down a three, but that was really all. His foul trouble allowed Wayne Blackshear to get the majority of the minutes and he played really well. Blackshear was aggressive and went hard to the basket, which is a great sign because the last time we saw him, he was on the floor screaming in pain. Blackshear took the most shots on the team (yes…he took more than Russ) and finished with 12 Pts, 3 Rbs, and 3 Stls.
Chane Behanan did not play to much during the game but still finished with 12 Pts and 4 Rbs. I think Pitino is trying to give his big men somewhat of a resting period without really taking them out of rhythm. Montrezl Harrell played just about as much as Behanan and finished with 2 Pts and 2 Rbs.
Pitino said earlier in the week that he was going to give Gorgui Dieng more rest, and this would have been the game to do it. But Dieng ended up playing 32 minutes, which ended up being the most on the team. Dieng pulled down 10 boards and had 5 blocked shots. He made it almost impossible for the bigs of South Florida to get their shots off.
Kevin Ware has been a major surprise over the last week or so. Ware has played like the player that everyone expected to be. Pitino says that he moved Ware over to point guard and he now feels more comfortable on the floor. I hope that this is true because with his athletic ability and the impact that he can have on a game, he could be vital in the Cards National Championship hopes. Ware played 21 minutes and had 7 Pts, 3 Rbs, and 1 Stl.
Louisville’s next game will be almost a week from now against Seton Hall. This will give the team time to rest which is much needed in such a long season. The Cards will be at the KFC Yum Center on Saturday at noon.
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Rick Pitino picked up his second verbal commitment from the 2014 class tonight.
Shaqquan Aaron, a 6-foot-8 combo guard from Seattle, WA., announced his decision tonight prior his Rainer Beach High School’s district title game.
Aaron chose Louisville over Arizona, UCLA and Washington. His commitment came less than two weeks after he made an official visit to Louisville.
Louisville is currently alone in second place in the Big East with a 9-4 record. Syracuse, Georgetown and Marquette are currently ahead of the Cards with a 9-3 record. Fortunately for Louisville, their remaining schedule appears to be slightly less tough than all three teams ahead of them in the standings. With Syracuse and Georgetown currently holding the tie breaker over Louisville...
One is confident that Rick Pitino will share with us someday soon what he told Kevin Ware when he reinstated him on the University of Louisville basketball team seven games ago.
Don’t want to second guess what he told the sophomore guard, but it may be working, certainly was Sunday.
UofL trailed 11-8 when he entered the game against South Florida at the 15:33. Ware would connect...
Rick Pitino earned his 650th career win this afternoon as Louisville defeated South Florida 59-41. The Cardinals are now 21-5 overall and 9-4 in Big East play. Today’s win puts Louisville in fourth place in the Big East.
Russ Smith led Louisville’s balanced scoring attack with 15-points, connecting all seven of his free throw attempts. He also added six rebounds and four assists...
TAMPA, Fla. - Sophomore guard Kevin Ware is starting to become a key role player for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team. Cardinal Authority has a story on Ware’s position change and his recent improvement.
It came out mid day yesterday that Rainier Beach (Seattle, Washington) guard/forward Shaqquan Aaron would verbally commit somewhere during the night. Aaron also had offers from Arizona, California, Colorado, and Arizona State. He was also gaining interest from Syracuse and UCLA. Many people felt confident that he was going to commit to Louisville because he had just came...
Charlie Strong has added another signee to his 2013 recruiting class. Stacy Thomas, a 6-foot-2 225-pound defensive end from signed with Louisville while on an official visit to the school this weekend.
Thomas, a Miami, FL., native is rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN. He played defensive end, linebacker and tight end at Gulliver Prep School. Thomas is the 17th member of Louisville’s...
TAMPA, Fla. – University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called Sunday’s 59-41 victory over South Florida one of his team’s best efforts of the season. Pitino was excited about the Cardinals’ focus on defense and passing and also encouraged by Russ Smith’s play. Here are some thoughts from the game:
How about a 6-foot-7 guard?
One who sees and shoots over the defense, averaging 20-plus points and six assists per game? That’s what the University of Louisville be getting in Shaqquan Aaron, a five-star player from Seattle ranked 15th in his class.
He hails from Rainer Beach High School, the same school with the same coach that sent Terrence Williams to UofL several years ago...