The Louisville basketball team improved to 3-0 after an impressive 80-39 win over Miami (OH) on Sunday at the KFC Yum Center. Russ Smith led the Cards with a game-high 23 points and Wayne Blackshear added 14. Coach Rick Pitino's team now turns its attention for this week's Battle for Atlantis where the Cards will play three games in three days. CardinalSports.com caught up with Smith and others and delivers the latest post-game reaction From the Locker Room
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Louisville Postgame Notes - Louisville 80, Miami (Ohio) 39 TEAM •With the win, the Cardinals improved to 38-6 all-time in the KFC Yum! Center and have won three in a row at home.
•After hitting 15 3-pointers in the first two full games, the Cardinals were a solid 9-of-16 in the first half. The last time the Cardinals connected on nine or more trifectas in the first half was on Dec. 22, 2010, when they connected on 10-of-16 at Western Kentucky.
•Louisville was 12-of-26 for the game from behind-the-arc, which were the most trifectas since connecting on 12 against DePaul in a 90-82 overtime win over the Blue Demons on Feb. 18, 2012.
•After Miami's Reggie Johnson hit a jumper to tie the game at 10-10, the Cardinals went on a 39-7 run from 13:48 to 17:15 of the second half.
•After holding 23 of its 40 opponents last season to 60 or fewer points, the Cardinals have done it in three-straight games to open 2012-13 as Manhattan had just 51 points in the opener, Samford had 54 on Thursday and 39 versus Miami (Ohio) in this evening's contest. It marked the first time since the 1960-61 season that the Cardinals held their first three opponents to 60 or fewer points.
•Louisville has allowed 60 points or fewer in 21 of its last 30 home games dating back to the 2010-11 season.
•Louisville is 119-7 during the last 12 seasons under the guidance of head coach Rick Pitino when scoring 80 or more points (8-0 last season).
•The Cardinals are 216-40 when holding its opponent below 70 points during the last 12 seasons under Pitino, including 3-0 this season.
•The Cardinals' 41-point margin of victory was the largest since a 106-65 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 22, 2010.
•Louisville has held each of its first three opponents to less than 20 first-half points.
•With Sunday's win, Louisville improves to 3-0 for the fourth- straight season.
•A total of 13 Cardinals saw game action on Thursday, the highest total of the season.
•The Cardinals held Miami (Ohio) to 29.8 percent shooting from the floor, which marked the third time this season that an opponent has shot less than 40 percent from the floor. The last time an opponent shot less than 30 percent from the field was last season when the Cardinals held Seton Hall to 27.6 percent shooting from the floor on Jan. 28, 2012.
•The Cardinals forced 19 turnovers tonight to total 67 through the first three games.
•The Cardinals handed out a season-high 22 assists.
•U of L had 10 steals on Sunday and has registered double-digit steal totals in each of the first three games.
PLAYER •Sophomore forward Wayne Blackshear scored a career-best 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. His previous career-best was a 13-point performance against West Virginia in his first collegiate appearance last season on Feb. 11, 2012 and versus Samford on Thursday night. He has scored 27 points in his last two starts.
•Blackshear also connected on a career-best 4-of-7 3-pointers, which was his best since he hit three versus West Virginia on Feb. 11, 2012.
•Blackshear totaled a career-best six rebounds, which was his best since he registered five versus Samford on Thursday.
•With 23 points, Russ Smith led the Cardinals in scoring for the third-straight game. He leads the Cardinals in scoring with a 21.3 points per game average in his first three contests.
•Smith connected on career-high 5-of-7 3-point point field goals, besting the four3-pointers that he registered in the first two games of the season against Manhattan and Samford.
•Junior center Gorgui Dieng finished with 11 points and nine rebounds to just miss his 14th career double-double.
•With one blocked shot, Dieng increased his career total to 190, which ranks third on the Cardinals' career list. He is 18 blocked shots behind Charles Jones (1980-84), who ranks second with 208.
•Dieng has blocked a shot in 64 of his 72 career games as a Cardinal.
•With his 10 assists on Thursday, senior Peyton Siva tied his career-high and moved into sole possession of sixth place on the Cardinals' career leaderboard with 476 total assists. Siva is six assists behind Keith Williams (1986-1990) at 482. It marked the second time this season that Siva recorded 10 assists, also dishing out 10 in the season opener versus Manhattan.
•Siva has handed out five or more assists in 33 of his last 43 games overall.
•Sophomore guard Kevin Ware tallied a career-best five rebounds, besting his previous high of four against DePaul on Jan. 14, 2012.
•Freshman guard Logan Baumann scored his first two collegiate points when he connected on two free throws late in the second half.