Two stats stuck out in No. 2 Louisville’s 65-46 exhibition win last night over Bellarmine at the Yum Center. One was positive. One was negative.
The positive was Montrezl Harrell. The freshman led the Cards with 16 points and by all indications the 6-foot-8 forward from Tarboro, North Carolina can play. Harrell had signed with Virginia Tech but was allowed of his letter-of-intent when the school fired Seth Greenberg as coach. He ended up landing at U of L.
The negative stat was Louisville’s three-point shooting. The Cardinals missed their first 17 threes and ended up one-of-19 on the night from behind the arc. Newcomer Luke Hancock, the transfer from George Mason, hit the only trey, that one coming with just 4:06 left.
“They just didn’t fall,” Hancock said afterward of U of L’s three-point shooting. “If we got those same looks tomorrow, they’d fall.”
Yet Louisville did lost its two best three-point shooters off last year’s team. Kyle Kuric made 76 three-pointers, shooting 32.9 percent. Chris Smith made 67 threes and 39.9 percent of his attempts. Combined those two made 143 of the team’s 233 three-pointers. That’s 61 percent.
Louisville opens it season Sunday against Steve Masiello and Manhattan at the Yum Center. Tip off is 4 p.m.