#3/#3 Louisville 70, College of Charleston 48
KFC Yum! Center - Nov. 9, 2013
LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES
Opening at home for the seventh time in the last eight seasons, the Cardinals have won 10 straight season-openers and 19 of the last 21 overall. Saturday's game was Louisville's earliest season-opener in school history surpassing the Nov. 11 openers in each of the last two seasons.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino improved to 25-3 in season-opening games collectively at his four full collegiate stops.
The Cardinals improved to 4-0 all-time against the College of Charleston, including wins in each of the last three seasons.
Louisville extended its overall winning streak to 17 games dating back to the five-overtime loss at Notre Dame (104-101) on Feb. 9, 2013. That is the longest winning streak for U of L since winning 17 straight early in the 2002-03 season.
The Cardinals finished with a 41-38 advantage on the glass. Last season, Louisville was 21-1 when outrebounding its opponent.
Louisville had just three turnovers in Saturday's game, the fewest total for the Cardinals since they had only one against Georgetown on Feb. 7, 2007 at Freedom Hall (73-65 loss).
Winning by a 22-point margin on Saturday, Louisville had 14 wins last season of 20 points or more.
Playing its fourth season in the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, the Cardinals improved to 51-7 all-time in the 22,000-seat facility on the banks of the Ohio River.
Prior to Saturday's season-opener, Louisville revealed its 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship banner during a pregame ceremony. The banner is on display in the upper end of the KFC Yum! Center beside the Cardinals' 1980 and 1986 NCAA Championship banners as well as the additional seven Final Four banners.
Saturday was the 1,698th win all-time for Louisville, which opened its 100th season of men's basketball. Overall, the Cardinals are 1,698-869 on the hardwood and rank 12th all-time in wins nationally.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES
With his 21 points on Saturday, senior guard Russ Smith moved from 36th to 33rd on Louisville's career points leaderboard with 1,256 points surpassing Kenny Reeves (1,245 points, 1946-47), Rodney McCray (1,247 points, 1979-83) and Jerry Eaves (1,250 points, 1978-82). Smith is 25 points behind Chuck Noble (1950-54) at No. 32 on the all-time list.
Smith led the Cardinals in scoring on Saturday, something he did a team-high 26 times last season.
Saturday marked the 25th time in his collegiate career Smith has scored 20 or more points. Last season, he accomplished the feat 19 times, including seven times in the last nine games.
Smith matched a team-high with five assists, two shy of his career high. Last season, Smith led the Cardinals in assists in 10 games overall.
Sophomore Montrezl Harrell matched a career high with eight rebounds and scored 10 points in his fourth career start for the Cardinals. He also added a career best four steals in the win.
Junior Wayne Blackshear scored 11 points on Saturday to reach double figures for the 12th time his career as a Cardinal. He matched a career high with two blocked shots.
Making just his second career start, Stephan Van Treese matched a career high with three steals while scoring six points and pulling down seven rebounds.
In his Louisville debut, junior college transfer Chris Jones stuffed the stat sheet scoring 12 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals while committing zero turnovers in 30 minutes played as one of the Cardinals' starting guards.
Redshirt freshman Mangok Mathiang also had a strong debut in the Louisville uniform pulling down a game-high 10 rebounds and scoring seven points with one blocked shot in 22 minutes played.