November 29, 2013
Notebook: Cards handle Southern Miss
The No. 3 ranked Louisville basketball team cruised to an 87-48 win over Hartford in the Hall of Fame Tipoff at the KFC Yum Center.
Coach Rick Pitino's opening statement:
"Well, this team played very similar to Georgetown and Richmond. They have a great halfcourt offensive execution with back doors. We took away the back doors off the post, as well as the dribble and that helped us a great deal.
On whether he was worried about Kevin Ware borrowing his friends' car being a compliance issue:
Missouri Kansas City Awaits Next
Louisville will play the second of five straight at home as the Cardinals face Missouri Kansas City in the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday (Dec. 4, 7:07 p.m., WHAS-TV). After dropping its first three games of the season, UMKC (1-4) beat UT Martin 79-67 on the road on Nov. 20 for its first victory of the year. Four of the Kangaroos' first five games have been on the road, including a 110-51 loss at 17th-ranked Iowa State on Nov. 25. UMKC has a home game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Nov. 30 prior to facing the Cardinals.
Former UofL assistant coach Kareem Richardson is in his first season with UMKC, inheriting a team that posted an 8-24 record in 2012-13 while Richardson was on the Cardinals' national championship staff. The Kangaroos have forced an average of 15.6 turnovers a game this season, leading the WAC with an average of 10.6 steals per game.
Three players -- Kirk Korver, Mason Wedel, and Juan Ramon Rivas - have been injured and have not played this season.
This is UMKC's first season in the Western Athletic Conference after 19 years in the Summit League. Louisville beat UMKC 99-47 last season in the only previous meeting between the two schools (12/8/12). Russ Smith scored a then career-best 31 points while adding seven rebounds, five assists and five steals to lead the Cardinals.
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