Louisville/Louisiana-Lafayette Postgame Notes

 



Dec. 7, 2013

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#6/#7 Louisville 113, Louisiana-Lafayette 74
KFC Yum! Center - Dec. 7, 2013

LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES

  • Louisville improved to 9-0 all-time against Louisiana-Lafayette in a series that dates back to 1966.

  • The 113 points for Louisville are the most ever in the KFC Yum! Center and the most in a home game since scoring 115 against Tennessee State on Dec. 20, 1999 (W, 115-76).

  • Saturday's 113 points are the most points in any game for Louisville since a 114-82 win at Western Kentucky on Dec. 22, 2010.

  • The 38 made field goals are a season-high for Louisville and the most since making 38 shots (out of 66 attempts) in the 103-64 win against Arizona in the Sweet 16 of the 2009 NCAA Championship on March 27, 2009.

  • The Cardinals shot a season-high 61.3 percent from the field (38-for-62), their highest total overall since shooting 64.6 percent (42-of-65) at Western Kentucky on Dec. 22, 2010.

  • At 33-of-40 from the free throw line, the Cardinals set season highs in attempts and makes. The attempts were the most in a regulation game (had 48 attempts in 5OT game at Notre Dame last season) since taking 46 free throws at Memphis on Dec. 15, 2012, while the made free throws were the most since making 38 in the same game at Memphis last season.

  • The 59 points for the Cardinals in the second 20 minutes are a season-high for points in a half and the most in any half since scoring 59 in the second half at Memphis (W, 87-78) on Dec. 15, 2012.

  • Saturday's first half point total of 54 was the most for Louisville in the opening half of a game since scoring 58 in the 104-74 win against Morgan State on Dec. 27, 2010.

  • Louisville finished at 71.4 percent (20-of-28) from the field in the first half on Saturday for its highest field goal percentage in any half in head coach Rick Pitino's 13 seasons at the helm. The percentage surpassed the previous best of 71.0 percent (22-of-31) against Akron on Dec. 10, 2005 (W, 111-85).

  • The 47 points by Louisiana in the opening 20 minutes are the most allowed by Louisville in the first half of a game this season and the second most in either half trailing only the 49 by North Carolina in the second half on Nov. 24 (L, 93-84).

  • Saturday's first half scoring total by the Ragin' Cajuns are the most points allowed by the Cardinals in the first half of a home game since Charlotte scored 47 points at Freedom Hall on Dec. 5, 2009 (L, 87-65).

    The 19 made field goals by Louisiana in the first half were the most by a Louisville opponent in any half since Notre Dame connected for 21 (on 36 attempts) on Feb. 12, 2009 (L, 90-57).

  • The Ragin' Cajuns shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) from the field, the highest field goal percentage for any team against Louisville since Florida connected on 66.7 percent (14-of-21) on March 24, 2012 in the NCAA Elite Eight game (W, 72-68).

  • The eight blocked shots for the Cardinals are a season-high and the most since they had nine in the Elite Eight win over Duke in last year's NCAA Championship (March 31, 2013).

  • Ranking eighth in the nation in turnovers entering the week at 9.3 per game, the Cardinals lowered that on Saturday with just eight marking the fifth time in nine games this season they have finished with nine or less turnovers.

  • With a 41-29 advantage on the glass, the Cardinals improved to 7-0 this season when winning the rebounding battle.

  • The Cardinals had a season-high six players score in a double-figures on Saturday.

  • Louisville improved to 21-4 in the month of December over the last four seasons.

  • Playing its fourth season in the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, the Cardinals improved to 57-7 all-time in the facility.

LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES

  • Sophomore Montrezl Harrell matched a career-high with 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting from the field while also pulling down a game-high eight rebounds. Harrell also had 20 points against Hartford earlier this season and against Syracuse in the Big East Championship title game last season.

  • Junior Wayne Blackshear scored 15 points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field and 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Both the free throws made and attempted on Saturday for Blackshear are career highs. He also matched a career-high with four steals.

  • With 10 points on Saturday, senior Luke Hancock reached exactly 1,000 points in his collegiate career. He scored 604 points in two seasons at George Mason and has 396 points in his second year at Louisville.

  • With his three steals on Saturday, senior guard Russ Smith surpassed 200 for his career. With 201 overall, he ranks eighth on the Cardinals' all-time leaderboard, three behind No. 7 DeJuan Wheat (204 steals, 1993-97).

  • Smith also added 16 points on Saturday to move closer to the top 25 on Louisville's career scoring leaderboard. With 1,393 points, Smith is 20 points behind the career total of 1,413 for Francisco Garcia (2002-05) at No. 25 overall.

  • Junior guard Chris Jones reached double-figures in scoring for the eighth time in nine games scoring 19 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field. With a career-high of 20 points, Jones has scored 18 or more points four times in nine games.

  • Freshman Mangok Mathiang blocked a career best four shots while scoring six points with six rebounds in 21 minutes.

  • Freshman guard Terry Rozier scored a career-high 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting from the field with a career-best six assists in 23 minutes played.

  • With one dunk in the first half, junior Chane Behanan moved into sole possession of fourth place on Louisville's career dunk leaderboard with 118.

 

 

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