No. 4 Louisville punishes South Florida
by C.L. Brown, USA TODAY Sports
It wasn’t South Florida’s slow tempo that turned Saturday’s game at the KFC Yum! Center into a yawner. It was the Louisville’s.
The third-ranked Cardinals jumped on the Bulls from the start en route to a 64-38 win, never allowing them to turn it into the possession-by-possession halfcourt snoozefest they desired.
Louisville led by as many as 25 in the first half, thanks in large part to its efforts on the offensive boards. The Cards (15-1, 3-0 Big East) out-rebounded USF 30-10 in the first half including 12 second chance points on 12 offensive rebounds.
Forward Chane Behanan, who returned to the lineup after missing the win over Seton Hall with a sprained ankle, almost single handedly beat USF on the boards in the first half. Behanan grabbed all 12 of his rebounds in 11 minutes of play in the first half.
Behanan didn’t even have the game-high. Gorgui Dieng did as he posted his third straight double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva, who became the 64th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, scored a game-high 17.
Brown writes for the Louisville-Courier Journal