No. 2-ranked Louisville improved to 2-0 with an easy 80-54 win over Samford last night before 20,016 at the Yum Center. Three quick points on the Cardinals' win.
1. Louisville made just seven of 31 three-pointers, but that is a bit misleading. Luke Hancock, the transfer from George Mason, had a horrible shooting night, making just one of 12 shots, including just one of 10 from behind the three-point line. Wayne Blackshear made just one of eight threes. So combined the two were two-of-18 from three-point range. The rest of the Cardinals were five-of-13 from behind the line. You would think that moving forward both Hancock and Beshear will shoot the ball better.
2. Rick Pitino's club outrebounded the Bulldogs 53-28. Chane Behanan had a career-high 18 rebounds to go with his 12 points. Behanan collected 13 rebounds in the first half. It was the biggest team rebounding margin since U of L outrebounded Morgan State by 30 on Dec. 30, 1998. Behanan's 18 rebounds are the most by a Card since Ellis Myles grabbed 18 against St. Louis on February 20 for that 2005 U of L Final Four team. Louisville had 28 offensive rebounds to Samford's 22 defensive rebounds, by the way.
3. Though Blackshear did not shoot well from three, he did match his career-high of 13 points. Eric Crawford has a good column on the expectations for Blackshear, the sophomore who has lost the weight he gained last year while nursing a shoulder injury. Pitino gave the Chicago native his second career start last night.