Louisville ups its record to 3-0 all-time against Fairleigh Dickinson, also winning 82-74 on Dec. 8, 1986, and 89-66 on Dec. 28, 2005 (all at home). The Cards are now 7-1 against the current members of the Northeast Conference.
UofL's 9-0 start this season is the Cards' best since the 1996-97 team began 10-0. Louisville needs wins in its next four games to match the school record for victories to open a season (13), achieved in 1960-61, 1966-67, and 1974-75.
The Cards are one of nine teams nationally yet to lose this season through Saturday's games. Others without a loss are Baylor (7-0), Illinois (9-0), Indiana (9-0), Marquette (9-0), Missouri (8-0), Murray State (9-0), Syracuse (10-0), and Xavier (8-0). Previously-unbeaten Kentucky and Ohio State went down on Saturday, while one more could drop on Sunday when Murray State plays at Memphis, Louisville's next opponent.
Louisville and Syracuse are the only two schools who began 8-0 or better last season and have yet to lose this year. Ohio State was a third member of that club until its 78-67 loss to Kansas on Saturday.
The win extended Louisville's home win streak to 17 games, its first 17-game home win streak since the 1987-88 and '88-'89 seasons (17 straight from Feb. 1, 1988-Jan. 22, 1989).
The 17-game streak ties for the 10th-longest in school history. The program record is 26, set on two different occasions, with the latter encompassing the entire 1979-80 national championship season (and then some).
Louisville's active streak is the 11th longest in the nation through Saturday's games. Schools with longer streaks are Duke (40), Kentucky (39), Ohio State (30), Notre Dame (26), Purdue (24), Temple (24), North Carolina (21), Belmont (20), Harvard (19), and George Mason (18), while Bucknell also has a current 17-game run.
The Cards allowed 60 points or less for the 10th time in their last 11 home games dating back to last season. Opponents are averaging 58.5 points in 29 games at the venue.
UofL outrebounded FDU 50-36, the most rebounds in a game for the Cards since Dec. 18, 2008 (56 versus Ole Miss in Cincinnati). Louisville had not had 50+ rebounds in a home game since collecting 53 against Syracuse on Feb. 18, 2008.
FDU hit just 10 of its 21 free throws (.476) in the game, the sixth time this season a Cardinal opponent has shot less than 60 percent from the stripe.
UofL's opponents are shooting just 56.8 percent (92-for-162) from the line this year. Since stats have been kept, Louisville foes have never shot below 61 percent over the course of a season.
The .568 opponent free-throw mark is the second-lowest among all NCAA Division I teams this season. Only Harvard's opponents (.562, 90-for-160) have shot at a lower clip.
Louisville won its 17th consecutive game when scoring 80+ points, last losing to Villanova (92-84) on Jan. 11, 2010.
Sophomore Gorgui Dieng (14 points, 12 rebounds) recorded his second consecutive double-double, his third this season and the fourth of his career.
Dieng's 12 boards give him 56 over the last five contests, each of which has seen him grab at least eight. No Cardinal has had more rebounds in a five-game span since Terrence Williams had 57 from Jan. 10-25, 2009.
Dieng grabbed seven of his boards in a span of 3:40 in the first half (11:55 to 8:15).
Of Dieng's rebounds, six came on the offensive glass, including five in the above stretch of 3:40. It was already his third game this year with 6+ offensive boards and his second straight, making him the first Cardinal with six or more offensive rebounds in consecutive games since David Padgett from Dec. 28-31, 2005. Oddly enough, one of those games for Padgett also came against FDU (six on Dec. 28, after which he notched seven against the Miami Hurricanes).
With another double-double against Memphis on Saturday, Dieng would become the first Louisville player with three consecutive double-doubles since Earl Clark from Feb. 12-18, 2009. If he snags 12+ boards, he would be the first with three straight 12-rebound games since Ellis Myles from Nov. 24-Dec. 7, 2001 (13 against Oregon, 23 versus Tennessee State, and 15 against Milwaukee).
Dieng is 13-for-15 (.867) from the floor over the past two games, scoring 32 points over that span.
Junior Peyton Siva (nine assists) put together his fifth straight five-assist game, the 11th time in his last 13 games he has had so many. Siva is averaging exactly seven assists per game over that span.
Siva has registered 17 assists and just three turnovers over the last two games. He is the first Cardinal with back-to-back eight-assist games since Edgar Sosa from Feb. 1-6, 2010 (eight each against Connecticut and Rutgers), while his 17 assists tie for the most for a Louisville player in consecutive games since Terrence Williams had 19 from Jan. 23-26, 2008 (11 at USF, eight against St. John's).
Siva has now notched nine or more assists in a game five times in his career, all in his last 25 contests.
Siva's two-steal game was the 33rd of his career.
Sophomore Tim Henderson nailed a triple with five seconds left of the first half to give Louisville a 44-25 lead at the break. Henderson has connected on three of his four 3-point attempts this season. The guard also scored on nifty drive to the hoop in the second half, giving him a career-best five points.
Henderson has eight points and five rebounds over Louisville's last two games.
Freshman Zach Price recorded career bests in points (six) and rebounds (five) on Saturday, also blocking his first career shot.
Fellow rookie Angel Nunez blocked his first two career shots in 10 minutes of action.
Redshirt freshman Mark Jackson Jr. also saw action on Saturday, recording a pair of rebounds in seven minutes of play.
With two made free throws on Saturday, senior Chris Smith has made 16 of his last 17 tries from the line.
Senior Kyle Kuric's 18 points on Saturday were a season high. He also tied a season mark with six rebounds, blocked a shot, recorded two steals, and had three assists without a turnover (after having no assists and 10 turnovers over the previous two games).
For the first time this year for each, Dieng and freshman Chane Behanan failed to record blocked shots in the game. Each was the first Cardinal since Francisco Garcia in 2002-03 to block a shot in the first eight games of a season, while the two were the first pair of Louisville teammates to each have a block in the first eight games since Pervis Ellison and Billy Thompson in 1985-86. In addition, Dieng and Behanan were one of three pairs of teammates nationally to each block a shot in every game this year (along with Quincy Acy/Cory Jefferson of Baylor and Alandise Harris/TaShawn Thomas of Houston), while Behanan was one of five freshmen in the country (along with Thomas, Anthony Davis of Kentucky, Kendall Gray of Delaware State, and Hunter Mickelson of Arkansas) with a block in all of his team's games.
Behanan finished with seven rebounds, the eighth time in nine games he has had six or more.
Redshirt junior Jared Swopshire took a career-high eight free throws in the contest, making six.
Former Cardinal George Goode, playing out his final year of eligibility at FDU, recorded his third consecutive double-double, finishing with 17 points and a career-best 12 rebounds. Goode is averaging 11.3 points and 8.0 boards per outing with the Knights, including 17.0 and 11.7 over the last three contests.