Louisville Recap

5 Dec

No. 5-ranked Louisville used defensive intensity and balanced scoring to come away from College of Charleston’s TD Arena with an 80-38 victory before a sell-out crowd of 5,117 fans on Dec. 4.

The Cardinals were the highest-ranked team to ever play on CofC’s home court and third-ever top 10 opponent to travel to the Lowcountry next to No. 7 Connecticut in 1995 and No. 9 North Carolina in 2010. U of L, coming off its 2012 Final Four appearance, forced 27 turnovers and converted those into 30 points off turnovers to hold the Cougars at bay.

The 2-for-1 series was born through the long-time friendship of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino and former CofC Head Coach Bobby Cremins. It also was due to ties to family as Pitino’s youngest daughter, Jacqueline, is a junior education major at the College and her older brother, Richard, was a former administrative assistant on Tom Herrion’s coaching staff in 2004-05.

CofC was led by a strong double-double performance by sophomore big man Adjehi Baru, who tallied 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive glass. Sophomore floor general Anthony Stitt was second on the team with seven points, while redshirt senior sharpshooter Matt Sundberg grabbed seven rebounds.

Video Music: Get Back Up by TobyMac

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