Louisville 70 – College of Charleston 48: Post Game News & Notes

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Although the first half wasn’t exactly what we expected, Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals finished strong and cruised to an easy victory over College of Charleston in their season opener. Here are some post game news and notes.

  • The most notable stat from yesterday’s game may be the three total turnovers that the Cards committed. This was the lowest amount of T.O.’s since 2007. For those who had concerns about Jones and Smith leading the back-court, so far so good.
  • I still think this will be one of the better shooting teams that Rick Pitino has had at Louisville, but they certainly didn’t get off to a hot start. The Cards were just 4-of-18 from three point range.
  • Louisville owned the turnover battle, forcing Charleston into 21-turnovers and only committing three.
  • The Cards finished with four players in double figures, while Charleston had just one player in double figures. Canyon Barry finished with 10-points.
  • Mangok Mathiang had a solid debut finishing with a team high 10 rebounds. He also added seven points. It took former Card Terrence Jennings until midway through his junior season to grab double digit rebounds. Mangok did it in his first career game.
  • Louisville lost a lot on defense with Gorgui Dieng’s ability to block shots and Peyton Siva’s on ball defense. Fortunately, those two guys weren’t missed much in the opener. The Cards collected 12-steals and blocked six shots.
  • The first half was a little too close for comfort, but the second half was a completely different story as the Cards out scored Charleston 41-21.
  • Unfortunately, the poor free throw shooting in the exhibition games followed into the regularly season. Louisville was 14-of-23 from the charity stripe for just 60%. Hopefully that gets better.
  • Chris Jones didn’t break any debut records on Saturday, but he did have a pretty impressive stat line. Jones finished with 12-points, six rebounds, five assists and zero turnovers.
  • With Russ Smith’s 21-points, he is now ranked 33rd all time in career points. He passed Jerry Eaves on Saturday.

About Nick Coffey

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.

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