Posted December 01, 2012 on
5th-ranked Louisville overcame a double-digit first half deficit to hold off the upset-minded Illinois State Redbirds. has post game comments from Rick Pitino, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva and Stephan Van Treese.

Louisville 69 – Illinois State 66: Peyton Siva Leads The Cards To A Tough Win

Louisville’s performance in the first half was as bad as I’ve seen this team play in the last few years. The Cards looked very lethargic and were getting outworked by a veteran and talented Illinois State team. Although the Cards didn’t have a strong performance overall, the effort in the second half made a huge difference and led to a 69-66 win over one of the best mid-major...

No. 5 Louisville posting up little-used big men

Louisville's Zach Price and Stephan Van Treese a week ago spent most of the game watching their teammates play. Now they're holding down the middle for the No. 5 Cardinals (5-1). With starting center Gorgui Dieng sidelined until January with a broken left wrist he suffered eight days ago, the two reserves are getting extended minutes. Price and Treese enter Saturday'...

Showing up not always half the battle

The University of Louisville was due an easy win with all the positive things that had gone UofL’s way during the week. The school getting invited to the ACC, the football team earning a BCS berth. Difficult challenges, major hurdles to overcome. Fans maybe saving their emotions for showdowns in soccer and women’s basketball. Rick Pitino had warned that Illinois State was a...

Louisville backcourt leads tight win

Without its shot-blocking center, Louisville got big efforts from its backcourt and a seldom-used backup to escape a Saturday scare from Illinois State. Guards Russ Smith and Peyton Siva traded turns taking over in the second half of the No. 5 Cardinals' 69-66 comeback win. Stephan Van Treese sparked Louisville in the middle, playing 34 minutes off the bench in place of Gorgui...

No. 5 Louisville 69, Illinois St. 66

Russ Smith scored 24 points and Peyton Siva added 20, including four 3-pointers, to help No. 5 Louisville edge Illinois State 69-66 on Saturday. Down 3 with a chance to tie, Illinois State's Tyler Brown airballed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left that was saved by Bryant Allen to Jackie Carmichael. Carmichael found Brown for another chance at overtime, drawing considerable...

Illinois State falls short in upset of Louisville

Illinois State coach Dan Muller nearly had a signature win in just his seventh game. Coming close doesn't interest him. The first-year coach and his Redbirds came into No. 5 Louisville and narrowly fell 69-66 after leading all but the first 39 seconds of the first half and most of the second. ''We don't come for moral victories,'' said Muller, who led Illinois...
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