Louisville-UCF Postgame Notes


Feb. 2, 2014

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#7/#12 Louisville 87, UCF 70
KFC Yum! Center - Feb. 1, 2014


  • Saturday's game was just the third all-time between Louisville and UCF with the Cardinals holding a 3-0 advantage in a series that dates back to 1999.

  • The Cardinals finished at 51.6 percent shooting from the field (32-of-62) on Saturday, the 10th time this season they have finished at 50 percent or higher from the field.

  • During head coach Rick Pitino's 13 seasons at the helm, the Cardinals are 113-6 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field, including a 10-0 mark this season.

  • Louisville was 19-for-30 from the field in the second half, good for 63.3 percent marking the sixth time this season they have shot 60 percent or higher in a half. Two of those six game against UCF, including the second half of the first meeting on 12/31/13.

  • In 22 games this season, Louisville has produced 44 runs of 8-0 or better, including a 9-0 run in the first four minutes of the game.

  • Ranked second in the nation in turnover margin at +6.8 entering the game, the Cardinals finished at +7 on Saturday night.

  • With nine turnovers against UCF, Louisville has finished with 10 or fewer turnovers in 11 games this season.

  • Louisville, ranked 16th nationally in scoring offense at 82.4 per game, improved on that average on Saturday scoring 85 or more points for the 13th time this season.

  • The Cardinals finished with 15 assists on Saturday night, the 13th time this season they have finished with 15 or more assists in a game.

  • UCF finished the game with more free throws made and attempted marking the ninth time this season that has occurred, including the second time against the Knights.

  • Louisville improved to 7-4 this season when outrebounded by its opponent after losing the battle on the glass 38-35.

  • The Cardinals improved to 62-9 all-time in the KFC Yum! Center, now in its fourth season as Louisville's home.


  • With his game-high 27-point performance on Saturday night, senior guard Russ Smith moved from 15th to 13th on the Cardinals' career scoring leaderboard with 1,639 points surpassing Lancaster Gordon (1,614 points, 1980-84) and Marques Maybin (1,624 points, 1997-2001). Smith is 10 points behind Taquan Dean (1,649 points, 2002-06) in 12th place on Louisville's career scoring charts.

  • Smith reached the 20-point plateau for the eighth time this season, including the second time against the Knights, and has scored in double-figures in all 18 games of 2013-14.

  • In his two games against UCF this season, Smith averaged 25.5 points on 60-percent shooting from the field (17-for-28) and 53.3 percent shooting from behind the three-point line (8-of-15).

  • Smith has led the Cardinals in scoring 10 times this season, twice as many games as anyone else on the team.

  • With seven free throws made on Saturday, Smith has 424 career free throws and is just two behind Wes Unseld (426, 1965-68) in fifth-place on the Cardinals' career made free throws list.

  • Senior Luke Hancock reached double-figures in scoring for the ninth straight game and the 13th time this season after his 16-point outing on Saturday night.

  • Hancock's current nine-game stretch of double-figure scoring performances started with 16-point outing at UCF on 12/31/13.

  • Over the course of the last nine games, Hancock's scoring average has increased more than 3.5 points per contest going from 7.8 to 11.3, which is ranks him as the Cardinals' third leading scorer through 22 games.

  • Hancock also dished out five assists on Saturday, equaling his second highest total of the season.

  • Sophomore Montrezl Harrell reached double-figures in scoring for the fourth straight game and the 16th time this season after finishing with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field.

  • With a team-high seven rebounds, Harrell led the Cardinals on the glass for the 14th time this season.

  • Following his second scoreless outing of the season on Thursday, junior Wayne Blackshear scored 10 points in Saturday's win marking the 11th time this season he's reached double-figures in scoring.


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