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February 23, 2013No. 10 Louisville improved to 22-5 (10-4 in the Big East) with a big win over Seton Hall Saturday in the KFC Yum! Center. CardinalSports.com's Howie Lindsey was sitting on the baseline and delivers his quick thoughts on the game.
LUKE HANCOCK PLAYS
The junior forward re-injured his shoulder earlier this week and missed practice yesterday while icing the shoulder. On Friday, Rick Pitino said Hancock was "questionable" for Saturday's game, noting the Virginia native wanted to play, but may not be able to make it.
Even though he didn't start against Seton Hall, Hancock played and played well. He had 13 points and three assists and hit several big shots in the game.
A noon game against a dreadfully bad Seton Hall game didn't inspire a lot of enthusiasm from the crowd, but the team came to work.
The Cardinals built a 40-26 halftime lead and stayed ahead by a dozen or more points throughout the rest of the game.
100 FOR SIVA
Not many college players can say they have started 100 games in their career, but UofL senior point guard Peyton Siva can. He started his 100th game Saturday.
The Seattle native ranks third in the Big East in assists (6.1 per game, 20th nationally), and steals (2.1 per game). During the Seton Hall game he passed Tick Rogers for third on the all-time UofL list.
RUSS INCHING CLOSER
Russ Smith, the junior guard from Brooklyn, began the Seton Hall game 34 points away from 1,000 points in his career. He scored nine points in the first half including 6-6 from the free throw line.
Smith, who is averaging 18.4 points per game, will likely break 1,000 at DePaul on Wednesday.
THREE POINT SHOOTING
Former UofL assistant coach kevin Willard, now the head coach at Seton Hall, wanted to slow the game down to take away Louisville's transition game. His team accomplished that, but they didn't count on the Cardinals getting hot from outside.
UofL hit five of its first six threes to help build a 14 point halftime lead. UofL had just three fast break points in the first half.