Dec. 17, 2013
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#4/#6 Louisville 90, Missouri State 60
KFC Yum! Center - Dec. 17, 2013
LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES
- Tuesday's game was just the second all-time between Louisville and Missouri State and the first since the Cardinals' 74-56 win over the Bears in the quarterfinals of the NIT in Freedom Hall on March 22, 2006.
- Facing an early one-point deficit, the Cardinals used a 16-0 run to take command of the game with a 19-4 lead in the first half. A Russ Smith free throw with 17:43 left in the first half evened the score at 4-4 and started the run. A layup by Terry Rozier with 11:19 to go completed the run, which covered a span of 6:46 before a Missouri State free throw halted the scoring spree.
- The Cardinals' halftime lead of 47-24 was their second largest halftime advantage this season. Only the 53-14 lead against Cornell after 20 minutes was more than Tuesday's halftime advantage.
- Tuesday's game marked the fifth time this season Louisville has won by at least 30 points and it was the eighth time in 11 games the Cardinals have won by at least 22 points. Louisville entered the game leading the nation in scoring margin at +25.3.
- With a 51-30 advantage on the glass, Louisville improved to 9-0 this season when outrebounding its opponent.
- Tuesday marked the Cardinals' largest rebounding advantage of the season (previous high was +20 against Missouri-Kansas City) and their largest overall since a +25 advantage (49-24) against USF on Jan. 12, 2013.
- The Cardinals pulled down at least 20 offensive rebounds for the third time this season finishing with exactly 20 on Tuesday. They had a season-high 22 offensive rebounds against Missouri-Kansas City on Dec. 4 and 20 offensive rebounds against College of Charleston on Nov. 9.
- Louisville was 34-of-66 from the field (51.5 percent) marking the sixth time this season and the third straight game they have shot 50 percent or better from the field.
- The Cardinals reached 90 points for the fifth time this season and improved to 5-0 in those games. Last season, Louisville scored 90 or more points just twice on the road to the program's third NCAA championship.
- Ranking 14th nation in scoring defense entering the week at 60.6 points per game, the Cardinals landed directly on that average with the Bears' 60-point effort.
- The Cardinals finished with seven blocked shots on Tuesday, their second highest total of the season.
- UofL matched a season-low with just five steals equaling the total against North Carolina.
- Louisville improved to 23-4 in the month of December over the last four seasons.
- The Cardinals improved to 134-9 in Rick Pitino's 13 seasons as head coach when scoring 80 or more points (6-1 this season). Louisville is 109-6 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field in that same 13-year span.
- Playing its fourth season in the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville, the Cardinals improved to 59-7 all-time in the facility.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES
- With his 11 points on Tuesday, senior guard Russ Smith moved into 25th place on the Cardinals' career scoring leaderboard with 1,418 points passing Francisco Garcia (1,413 points, 2002-05) on the list. Next on the list are Dwayne Morton (1,428 points, 1991-94) and Rick Wilson (1,428 points, 1874-78).
- Smith added eight assists, his third highest total of the season, and two steals in 26 minutes. With 203 career steals, Smith is just one behind DeJuan Wheat (1993-97) at No. 7 on the Cardinals' career steals leaderboard with 204.
- With 11 points on Tuesday, junior forward Wayne Blackshear has scored in double-figures in three straight games overall marking the first time he has accomplished that feat in his collegiate career. Blackshear had 12 points against WKU on Dec. 14 and 15 points against Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 7.
- Sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell reached double-figures in scoring for the eighth time in 12 games this season scoring a game-high 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field. It marked the fourth time this season Harrell has led the Cardinals in scoring equaling Smith for the team lead.
- Harrell also pulled down eight rebounds on Tuesday marking the eighth time in 12 games he has finished with eight or more rebounds.
- Freshman guard Terry Rozier matched a career-high with 11 points (on 4-for-8 shooting from the field) on Tuesday. He also added eight rebounds, the second highest total of his career.
- Freshman Mangok Mathiang scored eight points and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds marking the second time this season he has led Louisville on the glass.
- In his return to the court after missing the WKU game with a wrist injury, junior guard Chris Jones scored nine points in 19 minutes.