Score: No. 12 Louisville: 64, Pittsburgh: 61
Star(s):Louisville:Gorgui Dieng 14 Pts, 12 Reb, Russ Smith 20 Pts, 5 Reb.
Story: Louisville's Peyton Siva didn't have the points to prove it, but he was the true player of the game. He scored only two (hey, that's two more than he got in the previous game), but his double digit assists showed exactly where his focus was - creating offense. The senior leader played all 40 minutes last night. And through his dribble penetration and pick-and-rolls galore, the flailing Louisville offense was reborn.
It was a close game, and expectedly so. Pitt was coming off a four-game winning streak and Louisville was coming off a three-game losing streak. Luckily, none of U of L's general disinterest shown in the last two games was found anywhere against Pitt. The Cardinals were energetic, competitive and looking like the team seen prior to the Syracuse loss.
Pittsburgh didn't make it an easy win, though. The end score was close for good reason. The Panthers out-rebounded the Cardinals, 35-33. The only Louisville big man who had success on the boards against Pitt's Talib Zanna and Steven Adams was Gorgui Dieng. In terms of sore spots for the Louisville team, defensive rebounding is the new free throws. And while Chane Behanan did very little in terms of defensive rebounding (the power forward had one), he did hit two crucial free throws in the last 32 seconds, so we'll applaud him for that.