Louisville didn't have its man in the middle to face Duke.
Gorgui Dieng, one of the best shot blockers in the country, missed Saturday night's championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a left wrist injury.
After No. 5 Duke's 76-71 victory over the second-ranked Cardinals, coach Rick Pitino didn't know how long Dieng would be out or how serious the injury is.
''We don't know if it's broken yet,'' Pitino said. ''If it's broken you'll get me disappointed. I don't want to know. I want to stay in an upbeat mode. Just tell me tomorrow.''
The Cardinals used two big men to replace Dieng and they performed admirably against Duke's big man, Mason Plumlee.
''They gave incredible effort,'' Pitino said. ''We had a very big injury to our basketball team but it didn't affect us at all because of the play of Stephan Van Treese and Zach Price. We might not have had as many blocked shots, but these guys did a tremendous job.''
Price scored the game's first basket, doubling his point total...