Now that Louisville will have Gorgui Dieng back for Saturday’s game with Kentucky, here’s a look at how the Cards fared with and without their starting center, who broke his wrist against Missouri on November 23.
As you might expect, Louisville’s blocked shot total went down, from an average of four a game with Dieng in the lineup to three a game while Dieng was on the bench.
Where Dieng’s absence hurt the Cardinals most was rebounding. On the offensive boards, Louisville was getting 41.5 percent of its opportunities with Dieng in the lineup. That dropped to 38.6 percent when Dieng missed the last seven games.
More important than that was on the opposite end of the floor. With Dieng to contend with, Louisville opponents were grabbing 23.9 percent of their offensive rebounds. With Dieng out, that figure jumped to 33.6 percent.