Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 11/24/12
Without one of the best centers in the country, Louisville managed to make it a competitive game against No. 5 Duke, but in the end, the Blue Devils were too much for the Cards. I thought the team played extremely hard during their time in the Bahamas, but a number of mistakes cost them quite a bit tonight. Duke is a team that will make you pay for nearly every mistake. Despite getting down by as many as 9 in the second half, the Cards battled back and had a chance to win. Having Gorgui Dieng would have been a big help for the Cards, but surprisingly it wasn’t the post play that hurt Louisville tonight. Peyton Siva and Russ Smith both played solid, but Duke’s Quinn Cook and Seth Curry were the different makers in my opinion. Tonight’s loss was frustrating because the Cards played poorly and still had chances t win. On the bright side, Louisville was without Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan played one of the worst games of his career and yet they still had a chance to win. Behanan was ...
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