South Florida (10-15) didn’t stand a chance against No. 12 Louisville (21-5) down the stretch. The Cardinals scored 23 points off of 16 USF turnovers and held the Bulls to just 24.5 percent shooting.
Russ Smith’s game high 15 points led UofL to the 59-41 victory. Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan each added 12 points. Gorgui Dieng continued his dominance on the boards by collecting a game high 10 rebounds and 5 blocks.
The defeat could have been worse; UofL only connected on 2-13 (.154) three point attempts. They made up for it with a slew of dunks and easy layups.
Louisville will not play again until Feb. 23 when they host Seton Hall (13-13). This is a much needed break considering UofL has played 5 of their last 8 on the road. The time should allow Louisville to prepare for a BIG EAST and NCAA tournament run.
When the polls come out on Monday, the Cardinals should be inside the Top 10.