Posted November 24, 2011 on AP on Fox
Louisville's best string of defensive efforts in a little more than six decades has helped it overcome a rash of early injuries, and its latest performance was its finest yet. Coach Rick Pitino, though, is hoping for a better effort at the other end of the floor when his seventh-ranked Cardinals face unbeaten Ohio on Friday night in the final game of the Global Sports Invitational. Louisville (4-0) has held four consecutive opponents to fewer than 55 points for the first time since Dec. 4-14, 1946, and it's among the nation's best in allowing 44.0 per game. That's helped the Cardinals thrive despite injuries to Peyton Siva (ankle), Rakeem Buckles (knee), Wayne Blackshear (shoulder) and Mike Marra (knee). Siva is doubtful for this game while Buckles made his return to practice Thursday for the first time following surgery. He's expected to play in a few weeks. Forward Stephan Van Treese, though, played his second game since a knee injury during a 54-27 win ove...
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