Despite living in Indianapolis, I haven't really followed college basketball lately. I'm gratified to learn, however, that my alma mater is doing really well with former UK coach Rick Pitino at the helm.
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino has preached the importance of defense to his players. It's obvious they're listening. [Ed.: The latter fact alone is a refreshing change, as one of my frustrations with the latter years of coach Denny Crum's tenure was hisapparent inability to motivate his team...but that's a rant for another time.]
Marvin Stone had 23 points and nine rebounds, and Reece Gaines added 22 points as (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) Louisville used its fullcourt pressure to beat East Carolina 87-70 on Thursday night. [Ed.: Great googly moogly! They're #15?!]
The Cardinals (11-1, 3-0 Conference USA) won their 10th straight and are off to their best start since the 1996-97 season. It was also their fourth road win, already surpassing last season's three.
They played a terrific all-around game, shooting 58 percent and moving the ball well on offense while using their suffocating defense to shut down the Pirates.
Stone and Gaines combined to shoot 18-for-23 from the floor. Ten players scored for the Cardinals, who committed only nine turnovers.
"Our team played a great game at both ends,'' Pitino said. "We're very excited about this win. It's not an easy place to come into and we played dominating basketball.''