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Louisville men’s basketball defeats UConn on the road

By Sam Draut

The Cardinals did not get caught up in the emotions Saturday night in Storrs Connecticut, and instead, walked out with their first signature win of the season.

The eighteenth ranked University of Louisville men’s basketball team defeated Connecticut 76-64.

Midway through the second half, while in the act of shooting behind the three point line, Connecticut forward Niels Giffey was bumped by Louisville forward Wayne Blackshear, but no call was made, as the ball was deflected out of bounds.

The apparent no call enraged Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie, who was quickly charged with a technical foul, and seconds later, received a second technical foul and ejection.

“I lost my composure. And I told my guys that. In the heat of the moment, you can’t lose your composure,” Ollie said. “I just thought it was a foul. We were down by nine, and Niels is a pretty good shooter.”

While Connecticut was fuming, 16-3 U of L quietly extended its lead to 16, leading 54-38 with less than 11 minutes left to play in the second half.

Connecticut came out resilient to start the second half, going on a 6-0 run in the first eighty seconds to tie the game, but Louisville responded with an extended eight minute 20-4 run.

Russ Smith scored 23 points and hit 12 of 15 free throws, scoring ten points in the final four minutes to close out the game.

Montrezl Harrell commanded the low post, scoring 18 points and adding 13 rebounds.  Luke Hancock added 13 points and five rebounds.

With guard Chris Jones out with a hip injury, freshman guard Terry Rozier played extended minutes, contributing with five points, seven rebounds, and two assists.

Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatwright were the only two Huskies who scored in double figures.  Napier finished with 30 points, hitting five 3 point field goals.  Boatwright added 10 points.

The victory over Connecticut marks the Cardinals first win against a team in the RPI top 25, Louisville was previously 0-3 in match ups against teams rated in the RPI’s top 25.

“We’re really starting to play good basketball. Our defense has picked up, our rebounding has picked up,” U of L head coach Pitino said.

U of L will continue its road trip when it faces South Florida in Tampa Wednesday night at 7:00.


Louisville men's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. when they face Syracuse at home.

Louisville men’s basketball defeats University of South Florida, 64-38

Louisville men’s basketball team returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 4 p.m. when they face Syracuse at home.

By Haley O’ Shaugnessy–

If fans would like to compare last year’s basketball team with this year’s squad, the South Florida game is a perfect constant for comparison. Last year, the Cardinals battled the Bulls on Senior Night at home. After being out-rebounded and outplayed, USF took the win home with them.

Saying that this year’s game was different would be an understatement. Louisville came out strong, playing the type of defense that the number three team in the nation should play. Pitino was extremely happy with that end of the court. He said:

“They came out the entire evening and played unbelievable defense; the defense we’ve been waiting for and we wanted to see. The guys did a tremendous job tonight.”

Who to credit with the best play of the game would be tough – tougher than Louisville’s 2-3 zone that was played Saturday night, which held the Bulls to 38 points. That is the lowest amount that USF has scored in Big East play ever.

But player of the game has to be awarded to somebody, and perhaps that somebody should be Chane Behanan. Behanan was not even supposed to play due to a sprained ankle, yet he managed to not only get in 18 minutes, but also grab 12 rebounds in the process.

Behanan said, “I was a little nervous, because, you know, that’s my worst fear, twisting my ankle.”

Or maybe player of the game should go to Gorgui Dieng, who had his third double-double (12 pt and 16 rebounds) since coming back from a wrist injury.

Although both made numbers impressive coming off injuries, the verdict here of player that made the game lies with Peyton Siva. The senior had 17 points and three steals, flying past the 1,000-point mark in his collegiate career. Siva is the 64th to join the 1,000-point club in Louisville basketball history.

Siva said, “It’s an honor to be a part of Louisville history and a part of that club… It’s a major accomplishment.”

Hopefully, this will just be the beginning of the major accomplishments for U of L basketball this season.

Photo: Tricia Stern/The Louisville Cardinal


Louisville baseball ends BIG EAST tourney play with 6-2 USF loss


By Baylee Pulliam–

Clearwater, Fla. – No. 22 Louisville baseball (39-19) awaits its NCAA fate, following a 6-2 loss to South Florida that eliminated them from BIG EAST tournament play Friday.

USF took an early lead with a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the first. A double-out play from U of L ended the first, but South Florida held their 1-0 lead through the close of the fourth inning.

Cards went scoreless into the fifth, but got on the board in the top of the inning with an explosive out-of-park homer from first baseman Zak Wasserman. It was Wasserman’s sixth HR of the season.

The 1-1 tie was short-lived. Bulls’ outfielder Alex Mendez’ 3-run missile brought it to 4-1, South Florida, to close the fifth.

Louisville plated their second run in the eighth, but a 2-run homer from Bulls’ catcher Daniel Rockhold brought the score to 6-2 South Florida, Final.

Louisville now awaits word of match ups in the 64- team field of the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship, which will be announced at noon on Monday, on ESPN-U.

File photo from regular season play by Michael Baldwin.



Cards rebound from Marquette loss with win over USF

By Valerio Rasi and Aaron Williams–

The University of Louisville women’s soccer team split their Big East home games over the weekend with a loss to the University of Marquette on Friday, Sept. 30 and a win in overtime against the University of South Florida on Sunday, Oct. 2.

The Cardinals’ record now stands at 5-5-3 overall for the season and 3-1-2 in Big East play. They will face the Villanova Wildcats next weekend in Philadelphia on Oct. 7.

Sophomore forward Christine Exeter’s header off an assist from freshman defender Devyn Ciotti into the upper right corner of the net in the 95th minute of overtime was enough to give Louisville the win over USF Sunday afternoon. The Bulls struck first with a goal by junior midfielder Taylor Patterson in the fifth minute. The Cards equalized in the seventh minute with a goal by sophomore midfielder Angela Uremovich.

A single missed clearance on defense was the only opportunity the Golden Eagles of Marquette needed to take an early 1-0 lead on Louisville. That goal would go on to be the difference as the Cards were handed their first Big East loss of the season Friday night.

Marquette sophomore midfielder Taylor Madigan’s winning strike came in the fifth minute of play when she intercepted a fortunate rebound, controlled the ball and put it in the upper right corner of the net, safely out of reach from senior Louisville goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer.

“On the first goal, we needed our players to stop a little tighter on them,” said Kiefer. “It was the kind of a ball where you need to take off your hat and say, ‘good shot.’”

“They are a very technical and good team, but we did not play to our capabilities, we kind of played at their standards,” said Exeter. “We were worried too much at the beginning, and we did figure it out at the end, but I think it was a little bit too late.”

“It took us too long to make the adjustment,” said Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes. “Then, we made the adjustment and became more aggressive.”

Photo: Cody Hibbard/The Louisville Cardinal