No. 24 Louisville, Behanan ready for Syracuse

COLIN FLY AP Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville freshman Chane Behanan says he takes former Pittsburgh standout DeJuan Blair's mindset to heart when it comes to rebounding by pretending each loose ball is worth money.

Behanan's recent play would be worth a pretty penny.

When the 24th-ranked Cardinals (20-5, 8-4 Big East) host No. 2 Syracuse (25-1, 12-1) on Monday night, the focus on Behanan will grow. The outspoken forward will face his biggest challenge when he tries to counter the length of the Orange while making things happen inside.

The Cardinals have been surging, winning six straight games heading into their biggest home game of the season. Behanan has been a major reason for the streak. He's grabbed 53 rebounds, including 24 on offense, while averaging 12.5 points over the last six games.