Posted December 08, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Louisville's often-stifling defense has had trouble living up to Rick Pitino's lofty standards at times this season. If it continues to look anything like it did in the Cardinals' latest game, the legendary coach shouldn't have many complaints. Fifth-ranked Louisville shouldn't have much trouble using its frenetic pressure to great effect Saturday when it hosts a UMKC team that's had trouble putting the ball in the basket. The Cardinals (7-1) lost center Gorgui Dieng to a broken wrist in their 84-61 win over then-No. 13 Missouri on Nov. 24, and struggled without their interior presence in a loss to then-No. 5 Duke and a tight home victory over Illinois State last Saturday. Dieng is expected back Dec. 19 against Florida International, but based on the Cardinals' performance Tuesday at Charleston, they should be just fine in their final two games without him. Louisville had a season-high 18 steals and forced 27 turnovers in an 80-38 rout of the Cougars t...
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