Feb. 23, 2013
Louisville 79, Seton Hall 61
- Today’s win over Seton Hall was the 651st in head coach Rick Pitino’s career, the 297th at U of L. He is just three wins away from reaching 300 at Louisville in just his 12th season, where he has averaged 25 per season. Pitino has won at least 20 games in a season on 21 different occasions, which ranks sixth among active coaches in 20-win seasons and 15th overall.
- Louisville head coach Rick Pitino owns a 32-9 record in games against his former assistants, including a 6-0 mark against Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard, who spent six seasons (2001-07) on Pitino’s staff at Louisville. Pitino currently has 25 of his former assistants or players at the collegiate level in the head coaching position.
- The Cardinals raised their record to 35-9 during the month of February over the last six years, dating back to 2007-08.
- The Cardinals improved to 13-1 at the KFC Yum! Center this season with the 79-61 win over the Pirates Saturday afternoon. Louisville has won four in a row at home since losing to Syracuse on Jan. 19. Overall, the Cardinals have won six of their last seven contests on the year and three in a row.
- The Cardinals upped their record to 19-0 this season when holding a lead at the break. Louisville held a 40-26 advantage at the break and went on for an 18-point win.
- Louisville held Seton Hall to 61 points, running its record to 233-41 when holding the opposition to less than 70 points under head coach Rick Pitino, including 20-1 this season.
- The Cardinals, who entered the game ranked third nationally in steals, posted 12 thefts in the win over the Pirates. U of L has collected double-digit steals in 20 of its 27 games.
- Entering the game with Seton Hall, the Cardinals ranked third nationally in turnover margin at +6.1 per game. Louisville forced the Pirates into 21 miscues, while just turning the ball over nine times in the win. Louisville has averaged just 8.5 turnovers per game in the last two home contests. The Cardinals turned the ball over eight times in win over St. John’s on Feb. 14.
- The Cardinals recorded 15 or more assists for the 17th time in 27 games this season. U of L had 15 helpers on 26 made field goals.
- The Cardinals’ 76.9 (20-26) free throw percentage was their highest since connecting on 88.2 percent in a win over USF on Jan. 12.
- Junior center Gorgui Dieng tallied a career-high 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds in the win over Seton Hall. He ended the game by hitting his last eight shots in a row. He scored 18 points in a win over IUPUI on Dec. 7, 2011. He tallied 17 points in the five overtime loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 9. 2013.
- Dieng’s 10 field goals made are a career high. It’s the most since he had eight against IUPUI (Dec. 7, 2011) and Notre Dame (March 9, 2012).
- Junior center Gorgui Dieng blocked three shots in the win tonight over Seton Hall. He has blocked a shot in 78 of 88 career games, including 58 with multiple blocks (13 of 18 games this season). He owns 233 blocks in his career, which still stands second all-time in school history. Dieng’s eight rebounds leaves him with 695 for his career and
- Junior guard Russ Smith tallied 19 points on 4-of-10 from the field and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line in the win over Seton Hall. His 19 points where the 25th time this season that he has reached double figures. It also marked the eighth straight-time that he has reached double-digits. The 10-for-10 from the charity stripe marked the second this season that he was perfect from the line with 10 or more attempts, also going 12-for-12 at Memphis on Dec. 15, 2012.
- With 10 made free throws this afternoon, Smith moved into a tie for ninth place in school history with Pervis Ellison (1987-88) and Felton Spencer (1989-90) with 146 free throws made in a season.
- Smith added three steals for the Cardinals to give him 54 on the season. It was the 11th time this year that Smith tallied three or more steals in a game.
- Sophomore forward Chane Behanan grabbed eight rebounds on Saturday, marking the 11th time this season he recorded eight or more boards in a game. He ranks second on the team in rebounding average, entering the game at 7.4 per contest.
- Guard Peyton Siva made his 100th career start at guard for the Cardinals. Siva also recorded two steals to move into a tie for third-place all-time with Tick Rogers (1992-96) with 220 career thefts.
- Siva handed out five assists against Seton Hall to give him 163 on the season, which moves him past Keith Williams (1989-90) and into seventh-place all-time on the school’s single-season assist list. He needs just two more helpers to tie Milt Wagner (1985-86) for sixth on the single-season annals.
- Sophomore guard Kevin Ware connected on a career-high 2-of-5 from behind the arc. He made one 3-pointer on eight different occasions during his career and his five attempts were also a new career high.
- Junior Luke Hancock posted 13 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc in the win over Seton Hall. It marked the seventh time in 27 games that he has reached double figures. It was the fifth time that he has connected on three or more 3-point field goals.