Dec. 4, 2013
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#6/#7 Louisville 90, UMKC 62
KFC Yum! Center - Dec. 4, 2013
LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES
- Louisville head coach Rick Pitino improved to 34-9 all-time against teams coached by one of his former assistants. Including first year UMKC head coach Kareem Richardson, who was an assistant at Louisville last season, there are 10 former Pitino assistants currently serving as NCAA Division I head coaches.
- Wednesday's game was just the second all-time between Louisville and UMKC with the Cardinals holding a 2-0 advantage.
- Wednesday marked the first time two Louisville players (Chane Behanan with 11 pts/11 reb & Russ Smith with 10 pts/11 asst) have earned double-doubles in the same game since Behanan (30 pts/15 reb), Smith (21 pts/10 reb) and Gorgui Dieng (17 pts/13 reb) did it in the Cardinals' five-overtime loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 9, 2013. It's the first time it has happened in a regulation game since Behanan (14 pts/11 reb) and Peyton Siva (15 pts/12 asst) did it against FIU on Dec. 19, 2012.
- The Cardinals matched a season-high as five players scored in double-figures (also had five against Cornell on Nov. 15).
- Leading the nation in turnover margin at +11.0, Louisville hit the mark exactly on Wednesday forcing 20 turnovers by the Kangaroos while committing only nine.
- Ranked eighth in the nation in turnovers at 9.3 entering the game, the Cardinals lowered that slightly with nine marking the fourth time this season they have finished with nine or fewer in a game.
- The Cardinals matched a season-high with 49 rebounds (49 vs. Cornell on Nov. 15) and had a season-high +20 advantage on the glass. It was Louisville's biggest rebounding advantage since a +25 margin (49-24) in a home win over USF on Jan. 12, 2013.
- That rebounding total also included a season-high 22 offensive rebounds, the most for the Cardinals since they had 28 offensive caroms against Samford on Nov. 15, 2012.
- Ranking sixth nationally in scoring margin at +24.3 entering the week, UofL added to that on Wednesday with the 28-point victory.
- The Cards matched a season-high for assists on Wednesday with 19 equaling the total in the 97-69 win over Hofstra on Nov. 12.
- Louisville improved to 20-4 in the month of December in the last four seasons.
- The Cardinals matched a season-high for three-point attempts finishing with 31 for the fourth time this season, including the third straight game.
- Overall, Louisville attempted a season-high 77 shots, nine more than the previous high of 68 against both College of Charleston and Hofstra. It was the most shot attempts for the Cardinals in a regulation game (they had 81 in the 5OT game at ND last season) since they had 77 shots in the 84-71 win over Marquette on March 8, 2012 in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament.
- The Cardinals improved to 132-9 over the last 13 seasons under the guidance of Pitino when scoring 80 points or more, including 4-1 this season.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES
- Senior guard Russ Smith scored 10 points and finished with a career-high 11 assists to earn his second career double-double. It was his first double-double in points-assists. The previous double-double for Smith was his 21-point, 10-rebound performance in the Cardinals' 5OT loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 9, 2013.
- Smith's performance was the first double-double in points and assists since Peyton Siva had 15 points and 13 assists at Villanova on Jan. 22, 2013.
- Out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, Smith attempted a season-low seven shots in Wednesday's win. After attempting a season-high 24 shots in the loss to UNC on Nov. 24, Smith has 15 total shots in the two games since.
- With three steals on Wednesday, Smith moved from ninth to eighth on the Cardinals' career steals leaderboard with 194 surpassing the 192 by Lancaster Gordon (1980-84). Smith is 10 swipes behind DeJuan Wheat's total of 204 at No. 7 on the list.
- With 11 points and 11 rebounds, junior forward Chane Behanan earned his 12th career double-double and the second this season. Included in those 11 rebounds were eight on the offensive glass.
- Senior Luke Hancock scored 10 points on Wednesday and now sits 10 points shy of 1,000 in his collegiate career. He scored 604 points in two seasons as George Mason and has 386 in his second year at Louisville.
- Sophomore Montrezl Harrell scored in double-figures for the sixth time in eight games this season finishing with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field.
- For the seventh time in eight games as a Cardinal, junior guard Chris Jones reached double-figures in the scoring column with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field on Wednesday. He also added two assists without a turnover in 24 minutes.
- Freshman center Mangok Mathiang matched a career-high with seven points on Wednesday converting three of his five shots.
- Freshman guard Anton Gill scored a career-best seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field.
- Freshman forward Akoy Agau scored his first points as a Cardinal converting his only shot from the field for two points. He also pulled down a career-best five rebounds in nine minutes of action.