March 13, 2014
Box Score |
No. 5 Louisville 92, Rutgers 31
March 13, 2014
FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn.
American Athletic Conference Championships Quarterfinals
- UofL's 92-31 decision marks the largest margin of victory since a 104-40 win over Morehead State on Dec. 27, 2004.
- Louisville's 92 points are the most in a postseason game since recording a 103-64 victory over Arizona on March 27, 2009 in the NCAA Sweet 16. It's the most points Louisville scored in a conference tournament game since a 110-86 victory over TCU in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament on March 6, 2002.
- According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Louisville is the first team to win a conference tournament game by 60 or more points since Kentucky beat Tennessee 101-40 in the 1993 SEC Tournament - under head coach Rick Pitino.
- Louisville has outscored Rutgers 194-85 in its last two meetings.
- Rutgers' 24-percent shooting (12 of 50) is the lowest by a Louisville opponent in postseason play since Louisville started archiving box scores in 1972-73. The closest to that mark by an opponent in postseason play is 24.2 percent shooting (16 of 46) by St. Louis on March 5, 1982, in the Metro Conference Tournament played in Memphis, Tenn.
- Louisville forced more turnovers (26) than allowed field goals (12) for ninth time this season.
- According to ESPN Stats and Info, Louisville's 44 points off turnovers are the most for any major conference team this season.
- Louisville totaled 19 steals in the win, the most in a game or in a postseason contest, since the Cardinals recorded 20 in the NCAA Tournament against North Carolina A&T on March 21, 2013.
- Louisville outrebounded Rutgers by 17 (50-33), the second-largest differential of the year. The Cardinals had a +21 margin against Missouri State on Dec. 17, 2013.
- The Cardinals totaled 30 points on the fastbreak, the most this season and the most since specialty stats were kept beginning in 2000-01.
- Head coach Rick Pitino improved to 46-13 in conference tournaments, including a 23-9 mark at Louisville.
- Louisville played its 15th postseason game in program history in the city of Memphis. The Cardinals, sporting a 10-5 record in those games, have won two conference championships in Memphis.
- Louisville has held 10 of its last 16 opponents under 40 percent shooting.
- Louisville has limited its opponents to less than 60 points in 15 of 32 outings this year, including six of the last nine.
- The Cardinals used a 13-0 run in the first half (span of 5:18) to push its lead to 26-10.
- Louisville forced Rutgers into 26 turnovers, the 11th time this season an opponent has committed more than 20 turnovers.
- The Cardinals scored 58 points in the first half, a season best. The previous high of 57 was achieved against Houston on Jan. 16.
- Louisville's 58 points in the first half against Rutgers are the most points the Cardinals have scored in the first half of a postseason game since totaling 56 against TCU on March 6, 2002, in the first round of the Conference USA Tournament.
- The Cardinals outscored the Scarlet Knights 32-4 over the final 8:18 in the first period.
- Louisville forced Rutgers into a season-best 17 turnovers in the first half. It's also the most the Scarlet Knight have committed in either half this season.
- Louisville connected on 17-of-23 free throws in the first half, a first half season best for made free throws and percentage (73.9).
- According to ESPN Stats and Info, through the first half, Louisville had 15 more points off turnovers than Rutgers had total points (16). Louisville forced one more turnover than Rutgers had points.
- Russ Smith scored 16 points to better his career total to 1,795. He remains in No. 8 and needs 12 more points to pass LaBradford Smith (1987-91) for No. 7 all-time.
- Smith connected on 7-of-8 free throws, giving him 455 for his career. He needs two to pass Reece Gaines (456 made free throws, 1999-03) and moved into No. 2 all-time. He is 36 short of the school record.
- With two steals against Rutgers, he improved his career total to 248. He is now six short of former teammate Peyton Siva's career record of 254 set from 2009-13.
- Smith is 11 field goals short of reaching 200 for the season, the second time he would achieve such a feat. He would join an elite group that consists of just nine others in program history (Darrell Griffith, Pervis Ellison, Milt Wagner, Derek Smith, Wes Unseld, Billy Thompson, Lancaster Gordon, Butch Beard, and Allen Murphy).
- Montrezl Harrell finished the game with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Three of his field goals were dunks, pushing his season total to 87. He now has 131 for his career.
- Chris Jones has scored double-digit points in the first half two of the last three games. He scored 13 at SMU on 4-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-5 from long range, and posted 11 of his 18 points in the first half against Rutgers. He was 4-of-8 from the field in the opening period, knocking down three 3-pointers.
- Jones tied his season best with four made 3-pointers, a feat he has achieved four times.
- Over the last three games, Jones is second on the team in scoring with 16.3 points. He also has 13 steals, while shooting over than 50 percent from 3-point range (10-of-18, .556).
- For the second time in three games, Jones totaled six steals to tie Smith for the season lead with 65. Jones now has 11 games with at least three steals.
- Stephan Van Treese grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, the second-consecutive game with double-digit rebounds. It's the second time in his career he has recorded double-digit boards in consecutive games, first achieving the feat in 2010-11 (10 vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 5, 2011; 14 vs. USF on Jan. 9, 2011).
- Van Treese recorded three of his career-high four steals in the first half. His previous best was three, which he most recently achieved against SMU on March 5, 2014.
- Terry Rozier totaled 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 20 minutes off the bench. It's the 10th time this season he has tallied at least 10 points in a game.
- With his four rebounds, Rozier surpassed 100 career boards (currently has 103).
- Wayne Blackshear had eight points on 3-of-6 shooting off the bench, helping him surpass the 600-point plateau. He now has 603 for his career.