Louisville 59 – South Florida 41: Rick Pitino Earns His 650th Career Win

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Rick Pitino earned his 650th career win this afternoon as Louisville defeated South Florida 59-41. The Cardinals are now 21-5 overall and 9-4 in Big East play. Today’s win puts Louisville in fourth place in the Big East.

Russ Smith led Louisville’s balanced scoring attack with 15-points, connecting all seven of his free throw attempts. He also added six rebounds and four assists. Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear each chipped in with 12-points apiece. Four of Behanan’s five field goals were slam dunks. He also finished with four rebounds and three assists.

Kevin Ware came off the bench and gave the Cards a spark in the first half, scoring seven points early on. Gorgui Dieng only finished with four points, but he grabbed 10-rebounds and blocked five shots. Dieng is averaging 13.3 rebounds in his last three games. Peyton Siva had just one field goal, but dished out seven assists.

South Florida made a run midway through the second half cutting the lead to just six points, but Louisville turned up the pressure defensively and didn’t allow a USF field goal for nearly eight minutes. The Cards are off during the week and will host Seton Hall next Saturday for noon tip-off.

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Nick Coffey
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick has worked in sports talk radio for over three years.


  1. Give Zack Price some min,will help Dieng and a big body in their when goes to the bench for a rest.free throw was a bit better this game.

  2. Nice win. Ware had probably his best game this year. I do miss our faster style of play, though. Seems harder for us to penetrate the lane lately while the defense tends to mob the guy with the ball too much, leaving teams with off rebound chances.

  3. Kevin Ware you are the man! Let the game come to you dude, if you didn’t force it so much you would get more points, your game is smooth.

  4. Yea but there’s a reason why price hasn’t played he’s not aggressive enough.

  5. I know Ware was doing really well, but man Blackshear! I don’t understand what Pitino’s problem is with giving him the green light or the permanent start at that position, cuz he is just a pure scorer. I’m wondering if Pitino is waiting for the tourney? Or next year, since he will be in a leadership roll? To let him lose. I mean he does it all: scores(three’s,dunks,15fter,freethrows), defense, rebounds, assists. Idk maybe I’m just too big of a fan of his lol

  6. Rick Pitino stated last year that Wayne Blackshear might be his best ever player yet he is somehow holding him back. This could be part of Pitino’s unique ability to get the most out of his players when it counts most.

  7. let blackshear and ware play they are beast . you let hancock shoot all those shots let them go hard .

  8. why isnt price playing ,other than he cant make a free throw ?

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