The No.10 Louisville Cardinals (22-5) took care of business Saturday afternoon against the Seton Hall Pirates (13-15) at the KFC Yum! Center, winning 79-61.
Gorgui Dieng scored a career high 23 points, shooting 10-of-11 from the floor, and grabbed eight rebounds. The 6-foot-10 junior center found a hole in the Pirates 2-3 zone and make them pay for it all day. Dieng found his range for his jump shot and made a living staying at the free-throw line. Last week coach Pitino challenged Dieng to be more productive on the offensive end of the floor and he took the criticism to heart.
The Cardinals looked better offensively as a whole, shooting a better percentage behind the arc and from the charity stripe. As a team, Louisville was 7-of-15 (.467) behind the 3-point line and 20-of-26 (.769) from the free-throw line. The Hall only got to the line ten times and made eight of them.
Luke Hancock found his stroke finishing a perfect three for three from downtown and finished with 13 points. Russ Smith did what typical Russ does, finishing with 19 points and three steals.
Louisville continued to play great defense racking up a whopping 21 steals, but only scored 17 points off those turnovers.
If Gorgui can continue to sink his jump shots from the free throw, he will be a force to be reckoned in the Big East Tournament and NCAA Tournament. Hopefully the team can take the momentum of shooting well from the outside, making free throws, and continue to play great defense like they have all year. If they continue to play this way, the sky is the limit for this team.
The Cards take a three game win streak into the last two weeks of Big East regular season play. They travel to DePaul on Wednesday to take on the struggling Blue Devils who are 2 and 13 in their last 15 games, losing three of those in overtime. Game time at 9:00 and televised on ESPN U.