The Louisville Cardinals used their full court pressure defense to easily beat the South Florida Bulls 86-47. The Cardinals forced 23 turnovers and held the Bulls to 36.4 percent, 16-for-44, from the floor. The turnovers opened up the game in transition, and Louisville responded by outscoring South Florida 35-to-6 in points off turnovers. South Florida struggled in almost all aspects of the game. The Bulls were just 1-for-8 from three point range and had only 12 assists.
Louisville deserves a lot of credit for this because of the game plan the Cardinals used. Coming into the game, South Florida was 343 in the country in three point goals made on the season with 63, so Louisville spent most of the game doubling down in the post, and it worked to their advantage. South Florida didn’t beat the Cardinals from long range and the inside shots were hard to come by.
South Florida was a bit shorthanded for the game though, missing point guard Anthony Collins. The junior would have provided a steady ball handler in the back court and could have helped limit the turnovers. He has missed the last nine games for the Bulls.
Louisville was also without point guard Chris Jones, but freshman Teddy Rozier filled in admirably. Rozier finished with nine points, five assists, and a team-high three steals.
The Cardinals seem to be clicking on all cylinders right now, which is perfect timing for them, as Louisville will face the Cincinnati Bearcats on Saturday, who are currently the only undefeated team in the AAC.
Louisville now shifts their focus to the Cincinnati game, which is crucial in the Conference Title race.