Posted March 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
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Louisville's offense has been formidable for most of the season, leading the Big East in scoring. But it's been the Cardinals' defense that has keyed the team's current surge. They'll look for a sixth consecutive win on Monday night - as well as Rick Pitino's 300th with Louisville - as they host Cincinnati, whose offense has struggled severely in recent weeks. Both teams will also be looking for their point guards to snap prolonged shooting slumps. The 10th-ranked Cardinals (24-5, 12-4) haven't looked back since a five-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 9, winning five in a row by an average of 15.2 points. But the first four were against opponents at .500 or below in Big East play, making Saturday's 58-53 win at No. 12 Syracuse the most impressive. Louisville, which has held its last five opponents to 35.5 percent shooting, limited Syracuse to just 19 first-half points. The Cardinals also forced 16 turnovers - their fourth straight contest with a...
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