The Louisville Cardinals continue to improve as conference play goes along, especially on the defensive end. There was never any doubt that the Cards were the better team Wednesday night as they played South Florida in Tamp Bay, Fla., winning 86-47.
The Cards forced 23 turnovers including 13 steals. As a team they scored 35 points off the turnovers.
Wayne Blackshear came off the bench for the third straight game and led the team in scoring with 16 points, adding two steals, two rebounds and a block.
Louisville continues to be hot from the outside, making 12 threes at 52.2 percent. Luke Hancock was 4-9 from behind the arc, scoring 14 points.
Montrezl Harrell continues to become a dominating factor underneath, scoring not just dunks but some jump shots as well. He had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.
Harrell: 13 shots … 1 of 4 jumpers, 1 of 2 dunks, 5 of 7 layups — three were putbacks, two were off assists, one post move, one spot-up J
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) January 23, 2014
Remember Louisville is playing without Chris Jones, who will be available when the Cards take on Cincinnati in eight days. Until then the Cards can get healthy and continue to work on the little things. You have to feel like they are becoming a better unit, communicating very well and making hustle plays–much like last year at this time. Mangok and Van Treese are doing the best the can at the center position, which is the only weak part of this team.
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