February 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith (2) smiles with head coach Rick Pitino as he high fives teammates at the end of the second half against the South Florida Bulls at the Sun Dome. Louisville Cardinals defeated the South Florida Bulls 59-41. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals Take Care of Business In Tampa

February 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals forward Chane Behanan (21) slam dunks against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at the Sun Dome. Louisville Cardinals defeated the South Florida Bulls 59-41. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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