No. 13 Louisville routs No. 25 Marquette
by C.L. Brown, USA TODAY Sports
Luke Hancock, standing wide open in the corner, called for the ball as Peyton Siva drove the lane with less than a minute left against Marquette. Hancock had made two of his previous three shots from behind the arc, but misfired before what remained of 21,418 fans mostly clad in white at the KFC Yum! Center.
In the grand scheme of the Louisville’s 70-51 win over Marquette Sunday, the shot didn’t mean anything. But Hancock knew he would keep hearing about it.
“He won’t stop giving me grief about it the rest of the day,” Hancock said.
And so it goes for the No. 13 Cardinals (18-4, 6-3 Big East), who coach Rick Pitino said were a young-acting bunch that had trouble locking in for long stretches. Their win over the No. 25 Golden Eagles (15-5, 6-2) showed what they can do when they are focused.
“The good thing about acting young is a three-game losing streak doesn’t bother them, No. 1 doesn’t bother them,” Pitino said. “They’re a silly group, they’re always goofing around — always. They don’t get nervous, they just play. (Sunday) they put it all together.”
Pitino contributed to the light-hearted nature of the team on Sunday. He told the players that he wasn’t wearing a white suit for the Cardinals’ white-out promotion. He even had on black pants his first trip into the locker room to speak to the team.
Pitino changed into his white suit before taking the court.
“I knew the white suit was going to come all the time,” Siva jokingly said. “I know him like the back of my hand. He can’t fool me with anything.”
There was no trickery in the way Louisville dismantled the Golden Eagles, either.
The Cardinals shot more than 50 percent in both halves for only the third time this season and the first time in league play. And they outrebounded Marquette — which led the Big East in rebounding margin — by 12.
“They absolutely smacked us,” Marquette coach Buzz Williams said. “So they beat us by 12, but like I said I think they were 16 of 32 in the first half and they … [For more on No. 13 Louisville routs No. 25 Marquette, click here.]