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Louisville and Saint John’s played in a game of runs for the first 30 minutes but Louisville had the last laugh as they improved to 20-5 on the season. Russ Smith’s 12 straight points in the second half propelled Louisville to a 72-58 win.
Peyton Siva played one of the best games in recent memory after struggling in the overtime loss to Notre Dame. It was released before the game that Peyton Siva had put in contacts for the first time in his career and maybe that was the difference. Siva’s defense was impeccable and he was explosive on offense. With time running out in the first half, Siva went coast to coast to score on a play that I don’t even think he thought he would get off. Siva’s stat line doesn’t seem all to impressive but the intangible that he brought to this game were definitely a factor in the final score. Siva finished with 12 Pts, 6 Ast, and 4 Rbs.
Russ Smith went into Russdiculous mode in the second half when he scored 12 straight points for the Cardinals. He took shots that were very ill-advised and everything was going in. Smith even commented after the game, “For a while, I almost forgot I was playing with Gorgui, Chane, Peyton, and those guys.” Smith had been catching a lot of slack from the press lately about his questionable choices in almost every overtime but the beauty of Russ Smith is that he can seemingly shrug anything off. This game and the Notre Dame game couldn’t more polar opposites from Russ’s game perspective.
Once again the Cardinals outrebounded their opponent…this time they did it, 43-37. Gorgui Dieng pulled down 17 of the rebounds to go along with his 10 points. Chane Behanan got 8 of them to go along with his 10 points. And Montrezl Harrell had 2 of them while providing a spark for almost punching Chris Obekpa after the whistle. This 3 headed attack that Louisville has developed down low is definitely one of the better in the country. Harrell’s stats never look great but his effort and motor have got him solid minutes and rightfully so.
Luke Hancock got the start over Wayne Blackshear once again and Hancock struggled from the field. He was only 2-7 with 5 points and 2 turnovers. Blackshear didn’t play especially well but he did make a couple plays that made you understand why he is such a high prospect. Blackshear got hit in the shoulder again last night and went down. The training staff called it a strain and said he will be good to go for the next game but I wont feel confident about that till I see it. Blackshear has a long history with shoulder problems so when he went down, everyone in Louisville held their breath.
Louisville’s effort during this game was great and its hard to tell whether the team they were playing just wasn’t that good…or if Louisville is really a newly focused team. This win gave Louisville its 11th 20 win seasons in as many years. Louisville’s next game is Sunday at South Florida at 1.
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Russ Smith scored 21 second-half points, including 12 straight over a 3:03 stretch that put No. 12 Louisville ahead for good and helped the Cardinals beat St. John's 72-58 on Thursday night.
Gorgui Dieng has said more than once that his primary objective at the University of Louisville is getting a college degree.
The sheepskin is what his Mom and Dad want, too, first and foremost. Presumably within four years after enrollment and before he would even consider professional basketball.
Now we get word, however, that Coach Rick Pitino wants Gorgui, along with Chane Behanan...
Louisville has lost four of seven, and this has taken a lot of the focus off what was once the No. 1 team. What is being lost in the shuffle is that they're defending as well as anyone. We all knew that Pitino's defense was going to be good - they did have the best defensive efficiency in the nation last year - but I'm not sure we knew exactly how good. The Cardinals...
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.
Despite losing four of their last seven games, Rick Pitino remains optimistic about the remainder of the regular season. During his radio show last night Pitino said his team has learned from their previous mistakes and he expects to win the rest of their games this season.
“We don’t worry about the past, we learn from the past,” says Pitino. “Our goal is to win the next...
Wayne Blackshear went down in the second half last night holding his surgically repaired shoulder. Judging from Blackshear’s grimace, it looked as if he was in some serious pain. Fortunately for Louisville, it sounds like it was just a minor tweak.
The post Video: Wayne Blackshear Says His Shoulder Is Fine appeared first on The Cardinal Connect.
Some healing was in order for a team questioning itself, looking for answers, needing to get past the disbelief, the uncertainty, and the disappointment. Needing a home game, needing some love, the warm embrace of fans at the KFC Yum! Center.
Equally important is that there is no more taking anybody for granted for this University of Louisville basketball team, not following the...
Last year Rick Pitino was selected as a finalist to get the nod into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and was turned away by the committee. This year he has been selected as a finalist again and hopes to get in on round 2.
Pitino was the first coach in the NCAA to take 3 different teams to the Final Four (Providence, Kentucky, Louisville). When you look at Pitino’s stats...
University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino said on Thursday night after a win over St. John’s that he has to get junior center Gorgui Dieng more rest. Cardinal Authority has what Pitino said and the reaction from Dieng.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said his goal was seven in a row heading into the Big East Tournament. The Cardinals picked up the first one on Thursday night, using a huge second half by Russ Smith to run past St. John’s 72-58 at the KFC Yum! Center. The Cardinals now play at South Florida on Sunday. Here are a few thoughts on the win over the Red Storm:
An updated Louisville football roster was published at GoCards.com earlier this afternoon. There aren’t a whole lot of surprises on the updated roster, but here are a few takeaways.
I reported last month that running back Jeremy Wright was not expected to be back for his senior season. There still hasn’t’ been an official release about Wright, but he is no longer on the Louisville...
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...
Other than the offensive droughts in both the first and second half, I’d say Louisville bounced back very nicely tonight. Tonight’s performance definitely wasn’t flawless by any means, but we did see a couple of nice stretches. Although the Cards shot just 37% from the floor tonight and missed a few easy buckets, the passing was much better.
Louisville had four players score...