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Louisville Destroys Rutgers 92-31

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PRESS RELEASE VIA ESPN:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals had everything working so well against Rutgers that even a near mistake turned into an amazing play.

Stephan Van Treese went up for a lob pass looking for a dunk only to have Montrezl Harrell fly in and slam the ball through.

“I’m not happy about that,” Van Treese said. “I thought he was throwing it to me, and I didn’t even see Montrezl and he just dunked on me. And I thought, `Man, that’s not fair.”

Louisville routed Rutgers 92-31 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the American Athletic Conference tournament, holding the Scarlet Knights to their lowest scoring game since Jan. 25, 1982.

The Cardinals (27-5) have won three straight and 10 of their last 11 as they look for a third straight tournament title even if they’re only in the American for one season. Louisville split the regular-season title with Cincinnati, but lost the top seed on a coin flip.

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Cards Boom Cornell 99-54

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The Cards boom factor just keeps…on…going. After a 4:30 minute 20-2 run to start the game, the Cards cool off to defeat Cornell 99-54. The Cards were led by a hot shooting Wayne Blackshear with 20 points and Montrezl Harrell’s career high 15 rebounds. SVT and Russ Smith add 10 each. Chane Behanan goes for 13 points and 12 boards. Luke Hancock added 12 for the Cards as well. The Cards win big despite an abysmal 52.9% from the free throw line. The #3 Cards have the Hartford Hawks on Tuesday.

STARTERS
MIN
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
Stephan Van Treese, F
22
4-4
0-0
2-2
1
5
6
1
2
0
0
0
10
Montrezl Harrell, F
26
3-5
1-1
0-2
2
13
15
3
1
0
3
1
7
Russ Smith, G
21
3-8
2-3
2-3
0
2
2
5
3
0
1
2
10
Wayne Blackshear, G
18
6-7
4-5
4-7
0
0
0
0
1
2
1
1
20
Chris Jones, G
22
4-6
0-1
1-2
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
2
9
BENCH
MIN
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
Akoy Agau, F
5
0-0
0-0
0-0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Chane Behanan, F
17
6-10
0-0
1-3
6
6
12
0
2
0
1
1
13
Luke Hancock, F
14
3-6
0-2
6-7
1
3
4
0
0
0
1
2
12
Mangok Mathiang, F
11
0-0
0-0
1-4
1
1
2
0
1
1
0
2
1
Terry Rozier, G
11
1-2
0-1
0-2
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
2
Anton Gill, G
9
2-6
0-4
0-0
1
3
4
1
0
0
0
1
4
Tim Henderson, G
5
1-2
1-2
0-0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
3
David Levitch, G
6
1-1
1-1
0-0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
3
Kevin Ware, G
13
2-4
0-1
1-2
0
2
2
1
0
0
2
2
5
TOTALS
FG
3PT
FT
OREB
DREB
REB
AST
STL
BLK
TO
PF
PTS
36-61
9-21
18-34
12
37
49
16
12
3
10
19
99
59.0%
42.9%
52.9%

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Louisville Booms Hofstra 97-69

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Russ Smith scored 21 of his game-high 30 points in the first half and No. 3 Louisville made 12 3-pointers to set the tone for a 97-69 rout of Hofstra on Tuesday night. Louisville’s victory in the first of four games in the Hall of Fame Tipoff tournament was its 18th straight dating to last season, tying a school record. Chris Jones added 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting with seven assists for Louisville, while Montrezl Harrell had 19. Having a couple of regulars back helped Louisville. Besides Luke Hancock, Louisville also welcomed back junior forward Chane Behanan. Cardinals fans only had to wait 3:45 to greet Hancock, the Final Four MVP, with cheers of “Luuuke!” as he checked in. “It felt great, 100 percent,” Hancock said. “Felt good. Just trying to play hard and play defense. I felt good about them playing mostly zone so I was going to be able contribute and help out. I was really trying to help out on defense, trying to do the little things.” Behanan came in with 12:09 remaining in the half to cheers as well, putting the defending champions close to full strength. Wayne Blackshear added 9 points off of 3-5 shooting from the three point line and Luke Hancock added two threes himself for a total of eight points. The Cards next face Cornell on Friday.

Cards look aWARE and Defeat Pikeville 90-61

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Chris Jones scored 19 points and Montrezl Harrell added 18 as the No. 3 Cardinals went on to a 90-61 exhibition victory over Pikeville. The defending national champion Cardinals shot 33 of 64 from the field (51.6 percent) and held the NAIA Bears to 34 percent. Russ Smith added 12 points, and Wayne Blackshear had 10 for Louisville. Kevin Ware, who had that gruesome injury last March, returned to action tonight and scored on his first attempt from the field, a 3 point basket. Ironically the shot was taken and made from almost the exact spot on the court that the injury occurred in Indianapolis. It was good to see him out there doing what he loved again. When asked how he felt:

“Basketball-wise I feel like myself,” said Ware, who wore black wraps on both of his lower legs. “My speed and everything, jumping-wise, feels back to normal. I feel fine.”

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