In the first ever all Pitino matchup, it was father besting son as Louisville overpowered FIU 79-55 on Wednesday at the KFC Yum! Center. Wayne Blackshear led all scorers with 18 points, while Peyton Siva had a career-high 12 assists. The No. 5 Cards improved to 10-1 and will face Western Kentucky on Saturday. CardinalSports.com caught up with Siva, Blackshear and Russ Smith in the latest edition of From the Locker Room
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FIU vs. Louisville Post-Game Notes
LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES •Wednesday's game marked the 11th edition of the Billy Minardi Classic. With the win, Louisville improved to 14-1 all-time in the event, which originated in 2002 to honor the memory of Billy Minardi, brother-in-law of UofL coach Rick Pitino who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
•Today's game marked the 17th time a father-son coaching matchup has occurred in college basketball and the first in 12 years. With Wednesday's win by Rick Pitino, dad has won 15 of the 17 matchups overall in the father-son matchup.
•Louisville matched a season-high by making 12 three-points baskets on a season-high 32 attempts. The Cardinals have attempted 30 or more three-pointers three times this season, but Wednesday marked the first time they had done so since the first two games of the season.
•The Cardinals finished at 49.2 percent from the field (31-for-63), tied for their second highest percentage of the season.
•After entering the week third in the nation in steals at 12.1 per game, the Cardinals had 10 in Wednesday's win. UofL has collected 10 or more steals in nine of its 11 games this season.
•With FIU's 55 points, Louisville has allowed 60 points or fewer in 23 of its last 33 home games dating back to the 2010-11 season.
•Louisville is 222-40 during the last 12 years under Pitino when holding its opponent to less than 70 points, including 9-0 this season.
•The Cardinals finished with a 42-39 advantage on the glass to improve to 7-1 this season when outrebounding their opponents.
•After entering the night averaging 27.4 points per game off turnovers, Louisville scored 25 of its 79 points on Wednesday off 14 FIU turnovers.
•The Cardinals had 13 different players see game action on Wednesday. Nine different players logged at least 15 minutes while no player had more than 26 minutes.
•With Wednesday's crowd of 21,411, the Cardinals surpassed the one million mark in total fans to watch them play at the KFC Yum! Center in less than three full seasons. Overall, 1,011,011 fans have watched UofL in its 47 games (41-6 record) in the facility for an average of 21,510 per contest.
LOUISVILLE PLAYER NOTES •With his 15 points and 12 assists on Wednesday, senior guard Peyton Siva earned his second double-double of the season and the third of his career.
•The 12 assists for Siva are a career high surpassing the previous high of 10, which he accomplished on four different occasions.
•With his career-high performance on Wednesday, Siva moved closer to the No. 3 spot on the Cardinals' career assist chart. With 519 total assists at Louisville, Siva is just nine behind third-place Phil Bond (1972-77) at 528.
•Siva has handed out six or more assists in seven of the Cardinals' 11 games this season.
•All of Siva's points on Wednesday came from beyond the arc as he connected for a career-best five three-point baskets on eight attempts. In his previous three games, Siva was 0-for-4 from beyond the three-point line.
•In his last seven games, Siva is averaging 14.5 points and six assists per game while shooting better than 52 percent from the field (35-of-67).
•Sophomore forward Chane Behanan scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for his ninth career double-double and the second this season. He finished 6-of-8 from the field.
•Behanan has scored in double-figures in four of his last five games, while his 11 rebounds were the most since his career-best 18-rebound performance against Samford on Nov. 15.
•With his 14-point effort, Behanan needs just five points to reach 500 for his career.
•Sophomore guard Wayne Blackshear matched a career high with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-for-7 on three-pointers.
•Wednesday's game marked the second time this season Blackshear has led the Cardinals in scoring.
•After going scoreless in 12 minutes of action against Illinois State on Dec. 1, Blackshear is averaging 12.7 points per game while shooting 53 percent from the field (17-for-32) in his last four games.
•Blackshear added a career best eight rebounds in his 22 minutes of action on Wednesday.
•Junior guard Russ Smith scored 14 points and has surpassed the 13-point mark in all 11 games this season.