Cardinals leap over horned Frogs 87-74

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - At East Carolina Thursday, Louisville played its best basketball game of the season in an 87-70 win.

At home Saturday, the Cardinals played well enough to win 87-74 over Texas Christian. U of L has now won its last 11 games and improves to 12-1, 4-0 in Conference USA.

"This is a good win for us," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "We're happy to get through this basketball game. It was difficult from a preparation standpoint because we had so little time."

Pitino wasn't happy with the conference for scheduling his team for a road game at 9 p.m. on Thursday, followed by a noon game at home Saturday.

But he was pleased with his team's overall play Saturday. The Cardinals shot 48.4 percent from the field while holding TCU to 39 percent.

The biggest problem for U of L was turnovers. The Cardinals turned the ball over 24 times, one more than the Horned Frogs.

"We'd have had a much better day offensively if we didn't turn the ball over so much," Pitino said. "We played good man-to-man defense. We didn't let them shoot a lot of three-pointers, and they're a big three-point shooting team. It was not one of our better games, but we were coming off our best game.

"Usually, not having your legs causes most turnovers," he added, "but we were still able to play good man defense and still able to get the win."

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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