March 16, 2013
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Louisville Postgame Notes
Louisville 69, Notre Dame 57
March 15, 2013
Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y. (20,057)
With the win:
- Louisville has been victorious in its last nine games.
- Louisville improved its record to 29-26 in Madison Square Garden.
- The Cardinals are now 12-5 in the Garden for BIG EAST Tournament games and 4-1 in the semifinals round.
- Head coach Rick Pitino improved his record to 44-13 in conference tournaments.
- Head coach Rick Pitino is now 13-7 in the BIG EAST Tournament.
- Louisville improved its record to 25-0 this season when leading at the half.
- The Cardinals improved to 46-18 in the month of March and head coach Rick Pitino improved to 114-40 overall and 57-25 in 12 seasons at Louisville in the calendar’s third month.
- It marked the senior class’ 103rd victory to put their record at 103-38. It is tied for the fifth-most wins by a senior class in school history.
- Louisville advances to the title game of the BIG EAST Championship for the third-straight year and fourth in the last five seasons.
- The Cardinals increased their lead in the all-time series, 20-12, and improved to 4-0 against the Fighting Irish in the BIG EAST Championship.
- Louisville has won six-straight games in the BIG EAST Championship, which is the fifth-longest winning streak in the tournament’s history.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino picked up his 13th career win in the BIG EAST Championship, tying P.J. Carlesimo, Rollie Massimino and John Thompson III for fourth all-time.
Louisville held Notre Dame to 57 points, running its record to 21-1 this season when holding the opposition to less than 60 points in a game. Louisville has held its last six opponents to less than 60 points in a game.
The Cardinals’ defense forced the Fighting Irish into 16 turnovers, which ties their second-highest total this season. Notre Dame also had 16 turnovers against Rutgers (Jan. 19), and the Cardinals forced Notre Dame into the most turnovers this year (18) in the epic five-overtime contest.
Louisville has recorded double-digit steals in six BIG EAST Tournament contests to date, with its highest output being 16 steals against Providence in 2009.
Steals Opponent Date
11 Notre Dame 3/15/13
12 Villanova 3/14/13
14 Marquette 3/08/12
15 Syracuse 3/14/09
12 Villanova 3/13/09
16 Providence 3/12/09
The Cardinals have grabbed at least nine offensive rebounds in the first half 11 times this season, with seven of those occasions coming against BIG EAST opponents.
Louisville was just 2-of-3 from the charity stripe in the first half, tying for the second fewest free throw attempts in the opening period (Notre Dame, Feb. 9, 2013).
The Cardinals have now connected on double-digit free throws in 14 games this season.
Peyton Siva totaled seven steals, tying a career best he set against St. John’s on Jan. 19, 2011. The most steals by a Louisville player in BIG EAST Tournament history is seven, set by Terrence Williams against Syracuse on March 14, 2009.
Siva tied the BIG EAST Tournament record for steals in a game with seven. Louisville is the only team to have two members on that list of 11 players. Terrence Williams recorded that total against Syracuse on March 14, 2009.
Notably, Siva’s seven steals put him as the school’s all-time career leader with 236, passing Darrell Griffith’s record of 230 that he set from 1976-80.
Siva’s seven steals are tied for the third most in a game in school history. Russ Smith accomplished the feat last year against Memphis (Dec. 17, 2011), and Siva totaled that figure against St. John’s last season (Jan. 19, 2011).
Peyton Siva recorded six assists, and he remains in third for most assists in a season with (192). He trails his total from last season (211) and LaBradford Smith’s 226, the most in a single season in school history.
With 12 points in the game, Siva has scored in double digits in eight-straight BIG EAST Tournament contests.
Russ Smith finished with a game-high 20 points, making him Louisville’s top scorer for the 21st time this season. He has reached double figures in 30 of 33 games this year, and has eclipsed the 20-point mark 14 of those games.
Smith went 3-for-4 from the free throw line and broke the school’s single-season record for made free throws. Smith has hit 179 foul shots this year, passing Wes Unseld’s mark from of 177 from the 1967-68 season.
Gorgui Dieng grabbed a game-best 12 rebounds, marking the 12th time this season he has recorded double-digit rebounds.
Dieng swatted four shots in the game to give him 67 for the season. Despite playing in just 26 games this year, that mark ranks 10th on the single-season chart.