“We can get whatever we want” -Tom Crean at Halftime vs. Louisville on Tuesday.
It’s unclear of whether or not Crean wanted for his Hoosiers to fall by 20 to the Louisville Cardinals, or if the Cards simply outclassed the Hoosiers at New York’s Madison Square Garden during the 2nd game of the Jimmy V Classic .
Louisville, winning its 9th consecutive game at Madison Square Garden, dominated Indiana on the glass out-rebounding the Hoosiers on the glass 49-34 and attempted 17 additional shots on the evening. The Cardinals actually relented a 13 point lead from the 1st half and allowed IU to take the lead in the 2nd half before taking it back with 16 minutes to play and pulling away for a 20-point win.
Led by Chris Jones, the Cardinal point guard steadied the Louisville Five hitting 8 of 17 from the field for 24 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Jones made the right decisions passing, deflecting, and controlling the tempo for the Cardinals. But maybe more importantly for the future, Jones’ shot (which had been missing for most of 2014-15) suddenly made a comeback.
Terry Rozier was fantastic with 26 and could have had much more except for 4 missed finger rolls, but Montrezl Harrell really stole the show with his record-breaking 7 dunks. Not only is 7 dunks a record in a single game, but Trezl passed Louisville’s All-Time Dunk Leader Pervis Ellison putting the Louisville Junior on the throne for Dunk King all-time at the school.
Wayne Blackshear stayed aggressive and played great defense and team basketball despite an off night from behind the arc. Pitino did elect to use freshman Quentin Snider & Chinanu Onuaku very little, but did opt more for Jaylen Johnson in critical situations than he has all season. Anas Mahmoud was used sparingly but did contribute some key moments, including a nice looking block that was ultimately called a foul.
Overall, Louisville really displayed an extra gear versus Indiana on Tuesday, David Levitch moved to 25-0 when making an appearance as a Cardinal, and UofL #4 is now 8-0 overall and will see UNC-Wilmington Sunday evening at the KFC Yum! Center at 6:00.