Found November 11, 2012 on
Louisville Card Game:
Earliest opening game ever, presumably cutting short preparation time for fitting all pieces of the puzzle. Fixing things on the run.
Fortunately for the University for Louisville, unfortunately for Manhattan College, the combination of Hurricane Sandy and The Super Storm left Manhattan with even less time to get ready. The visitors were also minus their leading scorer.
The awkward ebb and flow of the basketball game, of course, could also have been attributed to the fact that Rick Pitino and Steve Masiello knew exactly what the other team was going to do in advance. Manhattan was simply outmanned.
The result: Louisville 79, Manhattan 51.
One more game, Samford, and 11 days between now and the Battle 4 Atlantis to work out some obvious kinks, with the objective of some resembling the Louisville team that is picked among the top three teams in the nation. The talent is there, Rick Pitino needs more time to oil the engine.
No problem with defense, at least not Sunday, forcing Manhattan into 27 turnovers. Size, quickness, long arms, commitment and Pitino reinforcing his emphasis with every substitution and timeout.
Russ Smith has bought into the idea, picking five steals to go with his four of 13 three-point attempts and those game-leading 23 points. Boundless energy on both ends of the court.
Luke Hancock is going to keep throwing up three-point shots because Pitino will demand it. He will eventually improve on his 2 for 9 accuracy because his coach has confidence in him and his team needs them.
Peyton Siva seems to be going out of his way not to shoot these days, working on being the perfect point guard. He was working on his three-point shot during the summer, every day in the gym. Coming soon.
Gorgui Dieng is waiting for the exhibition-style games to get behind him so he can show how much progress he’s made, in addition to connecting on those elbow shots.
Chane Behanan and Montrezl Harrell buy into the defense first philosophy, but these are two individuals banking on offense to get them where they want to go, and they believe Pitino can take them there.
BEST OF MAXIM
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino just turned 60, signed a new contract extension that will have him coaching until he’s 70 and has perhaps his best team in 12 seasons with the Cardinals. Pitino and his team will open the regular-season on Sunday at 4 p.m. against Manhattan College.
Louisville guard Luke Hancock begins a new chapter in his career Sunday when the No. 2 Cardinals open the season against Manhattan.
The transfer from George Mason had to watch Louisville make its exciting run to the Final Four while sitting out last season per NCAA rules. Hancock's ability to shoot the 3-pointer should help the Cardinals, but his impact won't be immediate...
The Cards had a slow start, but used a 51-point second half to cruise to a 79-51 season opening win against Manhattan. Russ Smith led all scorers with 23 points. He also had 5 steals with just 2 turnovers. Russ is playing at a very high level right now.
Outside of Russ, the Cards had a very balanced scoring attack. Peyton Siva and Kevin Ware each finished with 10 points, while Gorgui...
After sitting out two exhibition games because of a suspension, Chane Behanan returned to the lineup for the University of Louisville basketball team on Sunday. Behanan had nine rebounds and eight points and then coach Rick Pitino talked about his game and his focus after the win over Manhattan.
Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva talked about the Cardinals season opening win over Manhattan. Siva finished with a double-double, but is still mentioning areas that he can improve on. Video courtesy of Jody Demling.
The UConn Huskies football team has two games left in the regular season and needs to win them both to become bowl-eligible.
And while they are off this week, the Big East has announced their game time for their next tilt on the road against the Louisville Cardinals.
The game on November 24th will kickoff at 12 p.m. and will be shown locally here in Connecticut on SNY. It...
Louisville running back Senorise Perry will miss the remainder of the season with a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
The No. 20 Cardinals' top rusher and Big East Conference touchdowns leader sustained the injury during Saturday's 45-26 loss at Syracuse, Louisville's first this season.
The junior from Summerville, Ga., rushed for 705 yards and 11 touchdowns as...
While a 9-0 start was doing wonders for improving the national perception of University of Louisville football, a loss appeared almost inevitable with so many shortcomings in critical areas of the game.
Staring with a defense that has routinely allowed opponents to move the ball almost at will and a defense that counted on other teams to stop themselves. Little semblance of effectiveness...
The bad news keeps coming for Charlie Strong and the Louisville football team. During his press conference earlier this afternoon, Coach Strong broke the unfortunate news that junior running back Senorise Perry will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
Perry went down during the first half against Syracuse on Saturday. He was helped off the field and didn’t return...
Things just keep getting better for the Louisville Cardinals. First came a surprise trip to the Final Four, then a contract extension that will keep coach Rick Pitino around for nine more years.
Can a national championship be next?
The players seem to think so.
"The expectations are a lot coming in, but we have the personnel to get the job done,'' guard Russ Smith...