Louisville-SMU Postgame Notes


Jan. 12, 2014

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#8/#12 Louisville 71, SMU 63
KFC Yum! Center - Jan. 12, 2014


  • Sunday's game was just the ninth all-time between the Cardinals and Mustangs (the first since 1987) with Louisville holding a 7-2 lead in the series, which dates back to 1967.

  • Sunday marked the first time this season Louisville has used the starting lineup of Russ Smith, Chris Jones, Luke Hancock, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell. It is the fifth different starting lineup used by the Cardinals this season.

  • With the Mustangs' 48-35 advantage on the glass, the Cardinals were outrebounded for the sixth straight game equaling the longest such stretch in coach Rick Pitino's 13 seasons in Louisville. During the 2005-06 season, the Cardinals also had a stretch of six straight games in which they were outrebounded by their opponents (Jan. 15-30, 2006).

  • Louisville improved to 5-3 this season when being outrebounded.

  • The -13 rebounding margin against SMU is the largest deficit on the glass for the Cardinals since they were outrebounded 38-25 in a 57-54 home win against Pittsburgh on Feb. 26, 2012.

  • The two three-point baskets by SMU equaled the fewest allowed in a game by the Cardinals this season matching the two by Southern Miss on Nov. 29.

  • The 18.2 percent shooting from three-point range (2-for-11) by the Mustangs also equaled a season-low allowed by Louisville equaling the same percentage by Southern Miss (2-for-11).

  • Ranked fourth in the nation in steals at 10.1 per game entering the weekend, the Cardinals finished with 10 in Sunday's win. It marked the 10th time this season Louisville has finished with 10 or more steals.

  • Louisville connected for 10 three-pointers on Sunday, the seventh time this season they have made 10 or more from beyond three-point range.

  • With 16 assists on Sunday, the Cardinals have dished 12 or more assists in 13 games this season.

  • The Cardinals improved to 60-8 all-time in the KFC Yum! Center, now in its fourth season as Louisville's home facility.

  • Sunday marked the first ever matchup at the KFC Yum! Center of two teams guided by head coaches in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Louisville's Rick Pitino was inducted in 2013 while SMU's Larry Brown was enshrined in 2002.


  • Senior Luke Hancock scored a career-best 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 on three-pointers. The four three-point baskets equaled a season-high (at UCF, 12/31) for Hancock.

  • Hancock has scored in double-figures in four straight games, equaling the longest such streak of his two-year Louisville career. Last season, he had four straight double-figure scoring outings from March 9-16 starting with the Cardinals' regular-season finale and concluding with their win in the Big East Tournament title game.

  • Hancock has back-to-back games with 20 or more points for the second time in his Louisville career equaling his 20- (vs. Wichita State) and 22-point (Michigan) outings in last year's Final Four wins.

  • Sunday marked the first start of the season for Hancock and his first start overall since Feb. 17, 2013 at USF.

  • With 12 points (5-of-8 from the field) and 13 rebounds on Sunday, sophomore Montrezl Harrell earned his second straight double-double becoming the first Louisville player to have double-doubles in back-to-back games this season. It's the first back-to-back double-doubles for a Cardinal since Gorgui Dieng accomplished the feat on Feb. 9, 2013 (at Notre Dame) and Feb. 14 (vs. St. John's.).

  • Harrell also matched a career-high with four blocked shots while playing a season-high 38 minutes.

  • With four steals on Sunday, senior Russ Smith moved into a tie for fifth on the Cardinals' career steals leaderboard with 217 equaling the total by Alvin Sims (1993-97). Smith is three steals behind Tick Rogers (220 steals, 1992-96) for fourth all-time at Louisville.

  • With 23 points on Sunday, Smith has scored in double-figures in all 17 games this season and has tallied 20 or more points six times overall.

  • Playing a season-high 38 minutes, Smith added seven assists on Sunday marking the ninth time this season he has dished out five or more assists.

  • Freshman Terry Rozier scored eight points, including a pair of three-point baskets, and pulled down five rebounds while playing a career-high 28 minutes on Sunday.



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