5:15 PM ET, March 23, 2013
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Watching film of Louisville demolishing Colorado State is going to be scary enough for anyone who has to face the Cardinals over the next two weeks.Hearing what coach Rick Pitino said afterward is going to be downright terrifying."We can play much better," Pitino said. "This is the best we have played so far at both ends of the floor. ... But we can definitely get better and improve."
NCAA Mens Tournament
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 23: Chane Behanan #21 of the Louisville Cardinals celebrates after scoring against the...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Russ Smith can hurt you or he can help you. He helped the Cardinals in the win with 27 points and two steals. He went 4-for-7 from the 3-point line.
X factor: Colorado State weathered Louisville's early pressure. But the Cardinals remained aggressive and ultimately forced 19 turnovers.
That was lopsided: Colorado State might be the best team in the Mountain West. Larry Eustachy's squad is talented. But the Cardinals proved that they're just in a different league.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||19-40 (.475)||31-55 (.564)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-12 (.417)||5-9 (.556)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-21 (.619)||15-18 (.833)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||24 (0/0)|
|» Mar 23, 2013||@LOU 82, CSU 56||Recap|
Louisville shot 47.6 percent (10-21) outside the paint Saturday, its highest shooting percentage from that distance in the last four Men's Basketball Championships. Russ Smith was the catalyst for the Cardinals from the outside, making four of Louisville's five 3-point field goals.[+]
Louisville Shooting Outside the Paint
Louisville scored 42 points in the paint Saturday and has scored 86 paint points in its first two games of the 2013 Men's Basketball Championship. The Cardinals are the third team in the last four tournaments to score at least 40 points in the paint in back-to-back games (North Carolina, 2011 and Kansas, 2012).[+]
Making it Look Easy
Louisville scored 24 points off 20 Colorado State turnovers Saturday. The Cardinals are now 25-0 in the last two seasons when they score at least 24 points off turnovers in a game, including 17-0 this season. Louisville used its full-court press to turn Colorado State over, forcing 13 turnovers on possessions that began with the press. Colorado State had a season-high 20 turnovers and allowed 24 points off turnovers, also a season high. The Rams entered Saturday's game averaging 10.9 turnovers per game, the fewest in the Mountain West.
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